How to combine wood and colour in your home

Different woods have different properties, so are best combined with different colours in your furniture design. But which woods pair best with which colours? Here are our top tips on combining solid wood and coloured finishes, to help you create the perfect uniquely-customised piece for your home.

Oak: the classic wood

Oak is a timeless wood when it comes to interior design, and with good reason. It is the perfect partner for a variety of colours, as well as other woods. A shelf or sideboard combining oak and black elements, for example, would fit perfectly in a bright room. Furniture in these colours brings a sense of harmony to a room, combining elegance and practicality.

For those with a penchant for brighter colours, oak and yellow make a great duo. Yellow brings life to your interior thanks to its warmth, and adds an individual touch. Combining an oak sideboard with yellow doors can be a breath of fresh air for your home. Ideally, your furniture should be two thirds oak and one third colour. This maintains a beautiful aesthetic and natural feel. In the right proportions, oak and white can look beautifully natural and sleek together. It is an especially effective combination if frames are kept in oak and drawer and door fronts in white.

Walnut: the distinctive wood

Walnut is an especially attractive wood thanks to its beautifully distinctive grains and markings of various sizes, which convey a certain level of refinement. When paired with anthracite (a dark, earthy grey), it renders any furniture timeless, especially when placed in front of a white wall. The contrast with the white wall emphasises the unique grain of the wood. Meanwhile, the anthracite (best used for the frame of the furniture) highlights the shape and lines of your piece.

Want something a little more colourful? Walnut also goes beautifully with warm colours such as red. The reddish tones of the wood mean these shades combine to create a harmonious and unique table, shelving unit, or bedside table.

Beech: the Nordic wood

Much like oak, beech pairs well with many different colours. Try combining beech with grey for a superb contrast. For example, grey fronts on a TV unit or sideboard would highlight a beech frame perfectly. Beech is commonly used in Scandinavian interiors, so famed for their design flair. To emulate this Nordic style, opt for a dresser combining beech and white to add to your kitchen or living room.

This tree, common to some of the Northernmost countries of the world, is hard wearing yet highly decorative thanks to its distinctive grain. White fronts on a beech cabinet or drawer unit highlight a beech frame beautifully and, combined with some open compartments (with no door or drawer fronts), add a relaxed yet refined touch to your interior.

Wenge: the Southern wood

The tropical wenge wood (pronounced win-gey) is not only highly durable but also visually striking, with its dark brown base and near-black streaks. These attributes make it the perfect wood for tables, particularly when combined with lighter woods or an aesthetically-pleasing contrast. Mixing wenge with brushed or polished steel legs, a mixture of strong and raw materials, would be ideal in a home or office space with a more modern industrial style. In the spirit of playing with contrast, why not experiment with mixing wenge and white? The deep, dark colour of a wenge table top would be perfectly accentuated by white table legs.

As with walnut, wenge and red make the ideal pair, but with a much more marked contrast. Wenge works best when combined with few colours. In a piece of furniture with a busier design, it can lose much of its impact.

Combining wood and colour: endless possibilities

Whether you prefer a more natural and tonal style for your furniture, or you choose to add touches of colour and play with contrasts, mixing different woods and different coloured elements is certainly worth exploring in your home. The combinations we’ve suggested here are by no means exhaustive, however. Attractive mixtures of woods and colours are numerous and diverse, and can be tailored to fit whatever interior style you’ve opted for. So be creative! And for a bit more inspiration, take a look at the pieces we’ve suggested below, all combining wood and colour to perfection. You can use these as a starting point to create your own individual design, changing any elements you wish to create a piece that fits your space perfectly. Simply click on a product and head to our configurator, where you can customise to your heart’s content. Happy designing!