Timber tones can make or break a modern colour palette. But choosing the right wood isn’t easy! You have to think about grains and finishes and weathering…
We’re looking at our five favourite timber tones and how you can use them to style your space.
Why should you style with timber?
Timber furniture, flooring and veneered surfaces are anything but new. But that doesn’t make them outdated, it makes them timeless!
Here are five reasons to consider timber when designing your home:
- Hardwood flooring and furniture will last years
- It’s fairly easy to clean, treat and maintain
- Raw, reclaimed timber furniture is full of character
- Plenty of timbers are grown sustainably these days
- Neutral timbers add warmth and balance to any colour palette
Light & Airy Oak
- Easy maintenance
- Blonde colour
Oak is quite a grainy timber so it has plenty of character and strength, making it ideal for dining room furniture. It’s best to opt for oak furniture finished in a neutral stain to accentuate the timber.
Warm & Natural Ash
- Strong but pliable
- Often used as a substitute for oak
Similarly to oak, ash is a light-toned timber that looks lovely in coastal or Scandinavian settings. It comes in ‘black ash’ (a light brown shade) or ‘white ash’ (a creamier tone).
- Used for outdoor furniture
- Strong and heavy
- Light tone turns greyish over time
Teak wood has been on-trend for a while, and for good reason! It’s perfect for outdoor furniture as it’s naturally resistant to insects and moisture, plus it’s super strong.
Teak timber starts off as a honey colour but naturally turns grey over time. It’s totally normal and adds charm to the wood! You can buy care kits to keep the original colour but we love the aged, earthy appeal of natural teak.
Chocolate Walnut (yum)
- Very strong
- Chocolate tone
The tone of walnut wood can vary from piece to piece (and oftentimes a single piece will show light and dark brown shades throughout!). Just be aware that multiple furniture pieces may look different!
- Naturally resistant to wood-rot
- Reddish-brown colour
This straight-grained timber is a strong, hardwood species that’s mostly used for sturdy furniture pieces in the bedroom. Its deep, reddish colour is classically luxurious and full of rich warmth.
Mahogany was commonly used for boat construction since it’s resistant to rotting, which makes it a long-lasting material for robust furniture.