Read the article below and learn how to choose the perfect shades for wooden furniture and surfaces around the house.
Regardless of wood type and hue, you need a suitable background for best visuals. Instead of spending hours deciding what colors match best with your Mission-style oak or country pine, take some time to consider the shades enhancing your wooden surfaces’ finish.
Not Everything Has to Match
There’s no reason to match every single household item in terms of structure and color. Of course every wood has its own unique pattern and grain structure, but the key to basic alternations lies in colors. For ages, people have taken advantage of various stains and varnishes to decorate and preserve wooden surface finish. Doing so will change the wood color while giving it a fresh appearance. You can find different types of staining products at house improvement supply stores. All-time popular choices include oak, walnut, maple, ebony, cherry and mahogany stains.
For best preservation and appearance, make sure to treat your wooden surfaces with rich patina to give it some depth and texture. Fresh woods usually come with less complexity but they still retain some of the natural color.
Surroundings better go along with your wood color of choice. When deciding on wallpaper or drapes, opt for hues and patterns which sit the best with wooden furniture in terms of color and texture. You also have options to decide on contrast. Don’t panic if all the wooden items around your house do not match- you’ll be just fine as long as every piece is well-retained and goes perfectly with the whole image!
Apply Some Contrast
Dark finishes, such as mahogany, walnut, or cherry, D display in rich elegance when paired with bright colors. Pair your beautiful mahogany with some soft hues of green, baby blue or warmer colors. It’s not all about the darkness- pairing up opposite shades will benefit both sides, making bright choices shine their best.
If you want fine items and details to pop, creating contrast is the solution. But keep in mind that adding too many items in a single space, be it dark against bright or vice versa, will appear sort of a clutter. Choose a number of key furniture, make sure the color pairing is nice and neat, arrange your possessions in order and enjoy the view.
Medium-tone finishes, are better paired with bright colors. This is the perfect approach if you’re trying to create contrast without using both ends of color spectrum.
Pairing up furniture color with surrounding space is of high importance. The safest route to make sure they fit in well together is to consider furniture color scheme while deciding on wallpapers, for instance.
Popular matches for Golden-yellow woods include forest green, purple, crimson and turquoise. Or you can go classic and pair up your yellow wood with brown hues for that royal look.
Antique woods, are rich in details and carry that rich natural vibe. Such characteristics make antique woods suitable to be paired with a wide range of shades and structures.
Make a Subtle Statement
Although we’ve emphasized on the impact of contrast, there’s no reason not to use similar hues and kind-of-matching surfaces as long as furniture don’t blend in with the background.
A dark mahogany cabinet or ebony table against a deep red or teal wall builds such a dynamic balance between two hues of equal strength. Wood color is just as important as walls’ and frames.
Same consideration goes with medium brown woods and muted or undertone colors; the effect is more restrained because the tones are subdued.
Warm neutrals including beige, mushroom and khaki do wonders at drawing attention to medium brown woods. Surfaces will be put at eye-catching display without being way too flashy and vibrant, creating a tranquil environment with half the contrast as mentioned before.
Choose Furniture Accordingly
Of course color palette decision is all up to you, however when it comes to backgrounds you might find it wise to get some experts’ advice on choosing right colors to enhance your furniture and create a place of serenity at the same time. Here are a number of our favorite combinations, soon to be yours as well:
- The warmth of honey-toned pine wood shows up well against a medium green. This green brings out the yellow tones in the wood and balances them with cool contrast.
- A clear minty green could seem a little gaudy, but a pale gray-green is an attractive, low-key choice.
- Intense, bright blue brings out the wood’s orange tones, but you have to love high contrast to live with this much bold color; the contrast could seem harsh.
- Terra-cotta or pale orange draws out the orange in the wood but is so similar in tone that the wood is nearly lost.
- Yellow brings out the wood’s orange and yellow tones and emphasizes an overall warmth, but it doesn’t enhance the wood.
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