From Strong To Subtle Looks: How To Decorate With Oak

Are you considering purchasing a set of oak furniture or perhaps you have an existing set? If so, you may be wondering how it will work with the rest of your space or if there are certain colors or styles that lend itself well to this type of timeless material. Oak is a strong and durable wood that’s a popular choice for furniture and happily, it can blend with just about any color or style you really love. However, you may want to consider giving your oak furniture the best chance to shine. After all, furniture will always be an investment and so the choices you make around it can impact how you feel about your investment for many years to come.

Original Rustic Dining Room Furniture
Original Rustic Dining Room Furniture

Here at Oak Furniture Land, we carry two main finishes of our solid oak furniture. Our Rustic Oak furniture is slightly deeper in tone, bringing out the natural grain and warmth of the wood. Our Natural Oak furniture is a slightly paler finish in a warm amber. So each of these finishes will create a slightly different look and mood in a room. We’ll talk about both the styles and colors that work most with these particularly popular finishes.

What colors match rustic oak furniture?

Orrick Dining Room furniture
Orrick Dining Room Furniture in Rustic Oak

A dark finish like Rustic Oak will naturally draw the eye in a light room and will blend in with a darker one. Which is best? Well, that’s entirely up to you. If you want to lighten and brighten your space, keep the rest of the colors around the room to a minimum with soft and warm neutral colors. This will ensure your eyes will be on your furniture without the entire room looking visually heavy.

original rustic coffee table with dark colours
Original Rustic Coffee Table in Rustic Oak

If you are going for a cozy, more intimate effect than darker colors can easily complement the darker finish of your pieces. Consider a few well-chosen accessories in colors like charcoal gray, indigo blue or warm olive green and khakis which will draw out the warmer colors of the wood.

What colors match natural oak furniture?

Bevel Bedroom Furniture in Natural Oak
Bevel Bedroom Furniture in Natural Oak

For oak that’s finished without a stain, the color of the wood takes on a lighter warmer appearance. This makes it perfect for mixing with paler and lighter colors such as pastel shades and creamy whites. You can bring out the warmer colors of the oak with shades from the warmer side of the spectrum like deep rich reds or mustard yellows or olive green colors.

Alto Bedroom Furniture in Natural Oak
Alto Bedroom Furniture in Natural Oak

Saturated colors in a warmer range like yellow and orange will bring out the warmest tones in your natural oak furniture but your furniture may get lost against these colors if used on the walls so stick with smaller accents. If you’d like to bring out the warmth of the wood, consider softer shades with yellow undertones for paint colors like creamy whites or khaki greens to highlight them.

As the natural oak colors veer towards the warmer side of the spectrum, you can consider contrasting them with their opposites on the color wheel. Jades, blues, and greens or cooler grays, blush pinks or pale blues will all provide subtle but complimentary contrast.

What styles work best with rustic oak?

French Farmhouse Dining Room Furniture in Rustic Oak
French Farmhouse Dining Room Furniture in Rustic Oak

The rustic finish lends itself well to more traditional and rustic styles, naturally. Consider decorating around your rustic furniture range with styles give a nod to country cottage or those with a French feel. It will also lend well to mixing with a more vintage or mission style surroundings. You may even find it works well in combination with some industrial styles too.

What styles work best with natural oak?

The natural oak is really best placed if you love a trendy, contemporary style. The soft amber color of the wood can really combine with just about any look paired with the right accessories and accents.  You can create a modern country style as well with soft floral prints and summery accents.

Galway Dining Room Furniture in Natural Oak
Galway Dining Room Furniture in Natural Oak

Our natural oak ranges also fit beautifully into American Craftsman style as well with its straight lines and simple shapes.

Of course, you can choose to pair your oak furniture with nearly any style or color you like – after all, it’s your home! We hope these tips have proved helpful in decorating with oak furniture. What colors do you use to work with your own oak furniture? We’d love to hear from you!

 

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