Wood from oak trees is famous for its strength, and was even used to build ships in the olden days. In today's age, it is often used to make furniture, flooring, and barrels for the storage of wine, whiskey, and brandy. Oak furniture is available in a wide range of styles, from the dark oak which gives a room a rustic cottage-like feel, or a lighter finish, which makes a room look more contemporary.
Being one of the highest quality wood available, oak is used to make everything from wardrobes, beds, drawers, nightstand, dining table and chairs, etc. Whatever the style may be, here are some helpful tips to enhance the beauty of your furniture.
Decorating Tips for Oak Furniture
Oak furniture is naturally a warm brown or honey golden color. To retain this pleasing color, furniture manufacturers give a coat of clear varnish to the furniture. Opt for a pastel color for the walls. This creates a warm and cozy effect in the room.
Choose from light yellow, off white, or beige or use printed pastel-color wallpapers. If you prefer a darker shade, go in for an accent wall which has a darker shade, instead of painting all four walls a dark color. This will bring out the color of the furniture, and not make the room appear too gaudy.
In the Bedroom/Living Room
Solid oak is a very commonly used wood for furniture in bedrooms, decorating your bedroom will only enhance the beauty of your furniture. Paintings are a great way to spice up any decor. For a truly rustic feel, get paintings of rural life, landscapes, trees, meadows, and even oceans. Another great idea is to invest in shabby chic art, where furnishings and art pieces are refinished such that they acquire a rather traditional, vintage look, emphasizing the cottage-like ambiance you want.
For linen and furnishings, try out vintage fabrics. For achieving a country-like appearance, go in for floral, leafy, animal, or fruity prints. Even a warm solid color, which will blend in well with the earthy oak furniture is a good idea.
Select from plain stripes, plaids, or dots, something that is not too showy and at the same time gives the room a very serene appearance. It's a good idea to get your curtains made from chintz fabric, which usually comes in a wide range of beautiful floral patterns. If the bedding linen is rather plain, jazz up the room and break the monotony by placing warm, brightly colored woven rugs on the floor. Use throws with a bold print over armchairs and bolsters.
Get the feel of living in a cabin high up in the mountains by decorating your room with oak furniture that's dark brown to red. The more aged the wood, the deeper its color. Adorn the furnishings with handcrafted quilts, pillows, and rugs made of vivid patterns.
In the Patio
If you have oak-wood furniture in your patio, you should definitely purchase wicker or rattan chairs and accessories to go with it. They make an excellent pairing. In such a case, use toile fabrics for cushion covers. Country-themed patterns are very commonly printed on toile fabrics, and hence they will be the perfect addition to your oak and wicker furniture in the yard or patio.
In the Office
If your office furniture is oak wood, keep in mind to buy furnishings of a different, but matching color which will break the monotony and give the room a more inviting feel. Opt for straight prints, not too floral, to maintain the formal look. Choose dark brown or burgundy colors. Steer clear of tan, beige, or gray shades, as these are used very commonly in almost all offices.
Invest in modern and elegant flower vases to be placed on side tables. You can very well use silk flowers, but nothing livens up a room like live plants. Decorative oak-trimmed lighting and book shelves will accentuate the beauty of your office.
Caring for Your Oak Furniture
Taking care of your furniture will keep it looking beautiful in the years to come. A new coat of paint to the furniture will give a fresh lease of life to any room. Before you paint, sand the furniture thoroughly with a coarse sandpaper to make the surface smooth and even, removing any scratches. A layer of oil-based primer must be applied prior to applying the paint. Once that dries, use either a water-based or oil-based paint and follow the instructions on the can. Paint in a well-ventilated area.
Use your creativity to make your room look prettier. Mix and match with different types of furniture and furnishings and give it an eclectic appearance. Being highly durable, oak is generally priced higher than other types of wood furniture. Even though it is expensive, it is still regarded as the most fashionable style of furniture for homes. Not only does oak wood look classy and elegant, its sturdiness is what makes people invest in oak furniture for their houses.