How To Choose Wooden Furniture To Match Your Style

How To Choose Wooden Furniture To Match Your Style

How To Choose Wooden Furniture To Match Your Style

Posted 15 April, 2016 by Benjamin Gardiner in How To

How To Choose Wooden Furniture To Match Your Style

Long lasting, hardwearing, versatile, timeless. These are just some of the reasons we choose to specialise in oak and other wood furniture. We stock ranges that include modern furniture, traditional furniture, eclectic furniture and classic wood furniture. Each range is completely unique and yet, they are all still made from wood. How? Well, it’s all about the design, finish and accessories. These three things transform wood furniture from being just wood furniture, to being shabby chic furniture, industrial furniture, mid-century modern furniture and so on. When selecting our ranges we like to look at the details, as we know the details make all the difference. 

Wooden furniture comes in all styles. Even classic oak furniture comes with a number of finishes and accessories that make each range individual. With so much variety to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start when picking furniture to match your style. So to give you some inspiration, we’ve put together this guide to show you our favourite finishing touches for wood furniture that best match our favourite decorating styles. 

wood furniture with rattan baskets
Make it shabby chic with our Belgravia range. Shop the collection here

Oak Furniture With Rattan Baskets


Great for: 

  • Shabby Chic interiors 

  • Country style interiors 

  • Rustic interiors

Avoid:

  • Contemporary interiors

One classic accessory for wood furniture is rattan baskets. These instantly give furniture that cottage feel, perfect for creating shabby-chic, rustic or French country style interiors. We particularly love rattan baskets with painted wooden furniture as shown above in our Belgravia range as it gives the country look a softer, more modern twist. Rattan baskets are great if you want to hide away any clutter and work well with oak bookcases, sideboards and under benches. If you’re looking to add a bit of rustic charm to your dining room opt for rattan chairs to match your dining table, these comfortable and inviting country dining room staples are bound to delight your family and dinner guests from the canapés to the after eights!
 
oak furniture with brass handles

Pictured: top left: Chiltern Grand Oak Kitchen Island top right: Alton Oak bedroom range bottom left: Hampshire Oak dining room range bottom right: Chiltern Grand Oak Wine Table

Oak Furniture With Brass Handles


Great for:

  • Country cottage interiors
  • French country interiors
  • Period interiors

Avoid:

  • Mid-century modern interiors

There is something wonderfully charming and familiar about oak furniture with brass handles in the style pictured above. This rustic finishing detail makes furniture that exudes cottage style and also evokes a sense of nostalgia and a bygone era. We particularly love the way brass handles gives new furniture a subtle antique feel. Our country-inspired ranges such as Chiltern Grand Oak and Knightsbridge Oak are the perfect accompaniment to a French country style kitchen or a cosy cottage style living room.

oak furniture with oak handles

Pictured: top left: Mottisfont Waxed shoe cupboard top right: Shaker Oak dining room range bottom left: Devon Oak range bottom right: Shrewsbury Oak Console Table

Oak Furniture With Oak Handles

Great for:

  • Classic interiors
  • Functional rooms
  • Timeless tastes

Avoid

  • Mid-century modern interiors

Furniture formed of clean lines and simple shapes is probably the best-known style of oak furniture. These classic designs are often unadorned and finished with functional, unassuming wooden or metal handles. We will always love this classic style of wooden furniture because it is timeless, effortless and has a focus on functionality. Our classically designed ranges such as Shaker Oak, Devon Oak and Shrewsbury Oak are the perfect addition to any modern household that values simplicity, practicality and function over ornate style.

oak furniture with statement metals

Pictured: top left: Hampstead Oak dressing table top right: Santana Blonde Oak bedside table bottom left: Milano Oak small cabinet bottom right: Sherwood Oak range

Wooden Furniture With Statement Metal Handles

Great for:

  • Contemporary interiors
  • Classic interiors
  • Functional rooms

Avoid:

  • Rustic interiors 

Statement metal handles add a contemporary edge to oak furniture. This style of furniture is perfect if you want to add more subtle modern style to your home, rather than being fully futuristic. Bold metal handles add a sense of glamour and drama to furniture made from darker woods or oak, while also adding a touch of cool to pale to mid toned wooden furniture. Wooden furniture with metal handles works well in rooms with grey painted walls, or accessorized with other metallic furnishings. Check out our Milano Oak, Santana or Sherwood Oak range if this style speaks to you.

oak furniture with glass

Pictured: top right: Havana glass table top middle: Jual Curve oak coffee table top left: Lyon Oak side table bottom left: Lyon Oak dining room set bottom right: Rochelle Walnut TV unit

Oak Furniture With Glass

Great For:

  • Contemporary interiors
  • Mid-century modern interiors
  • Futuristic interiors 


Avoid:

  • Period Interiors

Glass is another material that gives wooden furniture a contemporary look and feel. It works well with light, dark and mid-toned oaks and woods, as you can see from the pictures above. Oak furniture with glass is a great choice if you’re looking to create a modern or mid-century modern interior. Choose a light oak table with a glass top to create a sense of space in your dining room or opt for dark oak if you want to create some Mad Men-worthy drama.

reclaimed industrial style oak furniture

Furniture pictured from our Staten Island range

Wooden Furniture With Banded Iron

Great For:

  • Industrial interiors
  • Shabby chic interiors
  • Contemporary interiors
  • Eclectic interiors

Avoid:

  • Period Interiors

Wooden furniture with banded iron edges, like those featured in our Staten Island range, are perfect for creating an industrial look in your home. However, if a Manhattan loft is not your style these statement pieces of furniture are really versatile and also go well with other interiors including shabby chic, contemporary and eclectic decors. If you’d like to add a bit of Manhattan cool to your home, shop our range of industrial furniture here.

indian style oak furniture

Furniture pictured from our Jali range 

Oak Furniture With Cast Iron Finishing

Great for:

  • Indian inspired interiors
  • Eclectic interiors
  • Bohemian interiors

Avoid:

  • Ultra-modern interiors

Indian inspired furniture with cast iron finishing and decorative detail goes really well with an eclectic or bohemian style interior. The dark wood helps to ensure brightly patterned and coloured soft furnishings stand out. Indian style furniture is full of character and would suit a home designed in the same way! Shop our full collection of Indian furniture here.

upholstered wooden dining chairs

Pictured: top left: Oslo Walnut bottom left: Oslo Oak right: Our Tivoli range

Wooden Chairs With Bright Upholstery

Good for:

- Everything!

Any style of interior can benefit from an injection of colour! And opting for boldly upholstered (and very comfortable) oak chairs is a simple way to do this in your dining room or kitchen. Different colours always add different personalities to furniture and a room. Upholstered grey chairs look modern and scandi, cream chairs are subtle and great for creating a sense of space, pastel colours add femininity, and red chairs make a statement. There’s a colour to match any style dining room and interior. We love them all! Shop our range of dining chairs here

Wooden Furniture At Oak Furniture Solutions

At Oak Furniture Solutions, we understand that homes come in all styles and we carefully select our ranges to reflect that variety. Shop our full range of oak and other wood furniture here. Or, if you’re still unsure about choosing the right kind of furniture to suit your style get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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