Blonde Wood Is Back: How to Use the Timeless Decor Trend in Your Home

This throwback finish is straight from the '50s.

Once a familiar favorite in midcentury dining rooms, blonde wood is back—and prettier than ever. An umbrella term for light-toned varieties (such as birch, maple, or ash), blonde wood has gotten a sophisticated update for the 21st century. The fair-hued finish now appears on sleek-lined seating, minimalistic tabletop decor, and contemporary light fixtures. Synonymous with Scandinavian style, these woods add a warm, modern edge to a room, even in a single dose. And like white walls, blonde woods play well with almost anything set against them—whether it's dark blue upholstery on a lounge chair or rattan on a bar cart. Put a new twist on this throwback trend with six of our favorite blonde wood pieces to shop now.

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Scandinavian-Style Armchair

dark blue chair with blonde wood legs in front of window
Courtesy of IKEA

Famous for its affordable Scandinavian-style furnishings, IKEA is a go-to source for blonde wood pieces. Perched on a solid birch frame, this sleek armchair includes a plush seat cushion for an extra cozy touch. The polyester upholstery offers durability and easy cleaning.

Buy It: VEDBO Armchair in Gunnared blue ($299, IKEA)

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Blonde Wood Candlestick Holders

blonde wood candleholders with white candlesticks
Courtesy of World Market

Try out this trend with small accessories for a simple (yet stylish) swap. Crafted from solid mango wood, these candleholders add an elegant touch to your tablescape with their flared silhouette and soft, whitewash finish. Mix and match the three available sizes for a layered arrangement.

Buy It: Flared Whitewash Wood Taper Candleholder ($10, World Market)

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Round Wood Mirror

round wood mirror above nightstand next to bed
Courtesy of Amazon

Combine two trends in a single home accent with this round mirror complemented with blonde wood. The semicircle frame gives this wall-mounted accessory a minimalist look. Measuring about 20 inches in diameter, the mirror is an ideal size for an entryway or powder room.

Buy It: Umbra Mira Wall Mirror ($100, Houzz)

Updated by
Jessica Bennett
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Jessica Bennett is the digital assistant home editor at Better Homes & Gardens. With a knack for writing and editing, she covers decorating, home improvement, cleaning, organizing, and more for BHG.com. With nearly five years of combined experience in digital and magazine journalism, she has contributed over 800 articles for BHG.com to date, and her writing on interior design and decorating has been featured in 16 national print magazines, including Do It Yourself, Country Home, Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, Secrets of Getting Organized, and more. Jessica received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University. She also completed a secondary major in French language studies. Prior to graduation, she was inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society, which recognizes academic excellence in the field of journalism. She is currently pursuing an interior design certificate from the New York Institute of Art + Design.

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