Tips for Decorating with Wood

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Wood makes an indelible impression on your home décor. Wood can be comforting, rustic and even, in some cases, striking and experimental. (How often have you seen a wooden refrigerator?) As with the American citizenry, however, not all wood is create equal. The type of wood you choose as a decorative choice will lead to other choices that must be made.


Take teak, for example. Teak is a wood that is colored along a range that runs from light golden-brown to the more familiar dark brown grain. Teak is especially useful for an interior design scheme that focuses on the Oriental/Indian style of design. The best color choices to go with teak are those that are bright and vivid. The darkened grain makes shades of green and orange quite suitable as a decorative choice when you’ve got some teak furnishings.


The mighty oak tree screams Americana. Oak is often used for building and artisanship because it is hard, resistant to bugs and disease and provides a well delineated grain. There is something powerfully strong about oak’s durability that makes it perfect for masculine-based interior design schemes. The rich, creamy color of oak allows it to fit nicely within just about any kind of color decorating scheme you can imagine. Oak goes especially well with earthy colors and design. Stain your oak furnishings a darker brown to go with lighter colored designs.


In addition to being a dreadful Diana Ross movie, mahogany is a nearly perfect wood for sturdy furniture to be made from. Mahogany is very versatile when it comes to décor because it features a variety of grains and shades. Mahogany is often stained to make it darker and that rich dark quality makes for an effective contrast to an interior design scheme that focuses on cool colors. The natural warmth of the reddish grains makes mahogany a very welcome addition to a room that suffers from too much cool.


The thing to keep in mind about pine is that it is somewhat like a fine wine: it becomes better with age. The color of pine naturally deepens with age so that it may not even look like the same wood you bought when it gets to be a decade down the road. This makes pine especially suitable for those who enjoy changing their décor on a regular basis. Pine is also the ideal wood for those who have a thing for yellow. The various shades of yellow can be introduced over the years as the pine ages and there is almost no yellowish hue that is not made more dynamic by virtue of being contrasted with the soft coniferous beauty of pine.


Rosewood is actually more popular than its lesser-known name might indicate. Rosewood is a very hard and dense wood that can range from reddish-brown to almost purple in its darkness. As a result, rosewood carries with it a certain kind of Old World elegance that makes it idea for more formal decorating schemes. Wild and vibrant colors should be used only for the sake of design irony. If you don’t enjoy introducing irony into your interior decorating plans, stick with undemonstrative colors and surrounding furnishing.