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The best paint colors to pair with different types of wood

Bedrooms painted with Green 05 and Red 03

WordsMegan Lambert

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Pairing your wood color with your walls may seem like a daunting task, but once you've decided what sort of look you're going for, it's pretty easy to figure out how your wood's natural tones coordinate with your overall interior design scheme.

So, whether you're styling your room around a statement coffee table or wanting to maintain a neutral color palette, your wall color and wood choices should be paired carefully. That's why we thought we'd give you a helping hand and sit down with our Color Specialist, Vanessa, to talk us through all things wood and paint pairings.

Just like paint colors, woods have undertones. For example, lighter woods like oak, pine, and birch all have gentle yellow undertones that create a subtle warming effect, whilst ash has grey undertones and a cooling effect. You can balance a wood with warm undertones by using a cool paint color or match your color choices to the undertones for a cohesive look.

The best paint colors to pair with light woods

Japandi-style

If you want to bring a sense of serenity into your home, then Japandi style is a great place to start. Inspired by nature, the Japandi interior style is all about embracing those natural embellishments. Unsure how to style the Japandi paint colors in your home?

Stained oak and wicker furnishings pair well with a soothing Green 01 or Green 09 and neutral Beige 02 or Beige 03. If you're working with walnut, let the wood's natural grain shine through and pair with barely-there White 01 or Beige 01. Or what about creating contrast in the kitchen by pairing light oak floors with Black 02 cabinets? 

Japandi style kitchen painted in Lick Beige 02 paint
@200FORTYONE OPTS FOR BEIGE 02 AND DARK SHELVING TO PAIR WITH THE LIGHT WOODWORK
Japandi style kitchen
CONTRAST YOUR LIGHT WOODWORK WITH DARK CABINETS FOR DRAMA @JAPANDI_DESIGN
Scandi style kitchen with wicker wooden baskets as the light fixtures
@LITTLERENOVATIONSTORIES STYLES WICKER LAMP SHADES WITH WHITE 01 PAINT
Scandi style living room with a light oak console table, in a room painted in Lick Grey 01 paint
@SCANDIANDME PAIRS A LIGHT WOOD SCANDI CONSOLE WITH LICK GREY 01 PAINT

Neutral color palette 

If you're going floor to ceiling neutral, woods like oak, pine, rattan and birch are all great choices. One of our favourite pairings, oak looks gorgeous with Green 02 and wonderful with White 03 or Beige 02. The warmness of pine is balanced by cooler hues like Blue 02 and Grey 03. Warm-up cooler woods like ash by pairing them with white paints with a hint of yellow, like White 05. 

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