Choosing Room Colors that Complement the Wood in Your Home

January 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Maple, cherry, mahogany and oak: Many beautiful pieces of furniture owe their good looks to these woods. There are times, though, that a particular item whose appearance knocked your socks off in its setting on the showroom floor might leave you somewhat less than thrilled after you’ve gotten it home.

Don’t blame your furniture selection skills. The color of your walls might be the problem, and the answer could be nothing more than a can of paint.

What Do They Know That I Don’t?

In furniture stores across MA and RI, designers have put together room settings with only one purpose: to display the merchandise to its best advantage. If these experts learned one thing in Decorating 101, it’s that wood has a definite color, and in many cases that color can clash with its surroundings. In other words, the right wall paint can make everything right again.

What Color Is Your Wood?

If you want your wooden furniture to look as good in your home as it did in the showroom, you need to determine its overall hue. The four basic color groups include:

•    The reddish woods: cherry, cedar, redwood and mahogany
•    The orange woods: oak and maple
•    Golden yellow woods: pine, birch and bamboo
•    Bluish woods: ash, teak, walnut and ebony

Once you’ve identified your wood’s basic undertone, you need to consider whether you want a soothing effect or one that’s a bit livelier. For a subtle look, designers suggest the use of hues that are adjacent on the color wheel to your wood’s undertone. For more drama, you’ll want to use complementary colors. For example:

Reddish woods will glow against warm whites or muted tones of yellow and orange, but for a more dramatic look, consider pairing them with a backdrop of forest or hunter green.

Golden-yellow and orange woods will show to advantage against soft reds, warm whites and pale yellows, but if you desire a greater contrast, brighter reds and purples will give your room more excitement.

Bluish woods show a particular sophistication against pale blues, grayish greens and cool whites, but if you’re out to knock ’em dead, a wall color in the orange family will make your furniture pop.

Give Your Furniture a Starring Role

Whether your taste is subtle or dramatic, designers throughout MA and RI agree that placing darker woods against pale walls and lighter woods against dark will let your furniture take center stage. While you’re at it, though, remember to consider your other rooms. While they need not match exactly, letting the color flow from one to the next will lend a desirable sense of continuity and keep the overall look from being choppy. You can find all the furniture essentials you need here at Cardi’s.


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