Wood furniture can add character to a home area, but it can also present tricky design challenges. Dark finishes and bulky shapes are difficult to incorporate into more colorful or modern interiors.
Dark finishes and bulky shapes are difficult to incorporate into more colorful or modern interiors. Whether you’re dealing with an heirloom or a cheap antique, decorating with wood furniture is all about striking a balance.
Decorate old wooden furniture in a new way
Go beyond the original purpose of the object and find creative ways to decorate wood furniture. For example: if your bedroom is fully furnished, a wooden vanity can be placed inside as a serving area for drinks or as a storage area for cutlery in a dining room. A wooden bedside table can be used as a side table in the living room or as a placement area in a small entryway; just make sure the height matches the surrounding furniture.
Choose dark wood furniture
In an all-white room, dark wood furniture can look out of place. Instead of trying to balance dark tones with light, airy colors, go for saturated ones. In the bedroom, try charcoal gray walls to complement the dark cherry wood furniture to create a cozy space. Accessorize with a small dose of white to avoid looking too gray.
Dress up wooden furniture with rich colors
When decorating wood furniture, show off your personality with colorful accessories. Place a brightly patterned piece on a wood dresser or table. In a bedroom with wooden furniture, opt for bold bedding or wall art. Colorful lamps, vases and planters can also liven up dark wood furniture. Again, observe the undertones of the wood to guide your color decisions.