Terri is a long time friend and reader. She sent me this dilemma a while ago. I'm finally getting it up on the site. See her question below.
This is my decorating dilemma:
I recently purchased a condo in Florida as a second, winter home.
It is new construction and has a split bedroom layout. The master
bedroom and the 2nd bedroom are both on the sides of the unit with the
closets and bath "behind" them. In the middle of the layout is the
kitchen with island facing the dining area that connects to the living
My "problem" is that the kitchen cabinets are maple and the
hardwood floor in the dining and living area is a honey-colored bamboo
shade. Now that I am shopping for living room furniture and a casual
dining table, I don't know how to blend the woods. Everything I look
at in tables seems to be dark wood. Should I look for complementary
lighter tables or use the dark wood for contrast? I could go with
white wood but I would like this to be a more contemporary look, rather
than shabby chic. Thoughts?
Read my thoughts in the comments below. And add your own.