Finding, buying or building great designs is one thing, but maintaining them can be quite another. Chips and dings in wood furniture can be especially difficult because any single-color solution (e.g. furniture marker) may be too blunt an instrument.

With that in mind, sometimes the fix for a natural furnishing is found in nature – say, in the form of a simple cracked-open walnut (particularly for those mid-toned, mid-century walnut furniture pieces, perhaps).

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The moisture and variegation of the nut helps blend with natural wood tones – no perfect match is promised, but it sure is worth a shot. Tip via ApartmentTherapy.