How To Style Oak Furniture

Our homes evolve over time, and so do our tastes and needs. We’ve pulled together some trends and ideas that explore how you can use the natural character and warmth of oak furniture in a way that will blend beautifully the things you already own and love.

Styling Natural Oak Furniture

curved oak dining table with grey fabric dining chairs

Creating a neutral backdrop that blends easily with changing lifestyles and needs, our Romsey range is streamlined, stylish and functional. Made from solid natural oak, the collection’s mid-century design includes sleek recessed handles, rounded corners and flat-fronted drawers and doors which lend pieces timeless appeal. 

Au Natural with Romsey

The perfect fit for a family home, this trend is inspired by nature’s neutral tones and uses the sunny oak timber – a living, breathing material – to bring a unique warmth. The Romsey collection has a simple wax finish that accentuates brighter tones in the grain to give spaces a light, cheerful feel. Using oak as your base, layer in tonal colours and raw homespun textures which will add interest and allow you to emphasise a variety of materials and finishes while sticking to a similar or complementary colour palette. 

Robust and sturdy, the Romsey sideboard and extending dining table are great choices in a dining room, not least because the easy mechanism on the table makes it easy to flex your furniture according to how many people you need to seat. Incorporate textural elements with linen seat pads on the dining chairs, a sisal rug under the table or with woven placemats and storage baskets made from hardy seagrass, jute, wicker or rattan. The tactile nature of these materials will make your scheme instantly more homely while accents of green bring the scheme to life. Save a spot for a handmade jug or vase that you can fill with fresh foliage from the garden or style it with some sculptural seed heads.

Chinois with Romsey

Not a scheme for shrinking violets or wallflowers, our Chinios trend is inspired by decorative oriental florals and dials up the colour contrast with a rich palette of Chinese red, blush pinks and hints of ochre yellow. 

This theme is one you can introduce either dramatically or sparingly depending on how brave you’re feeling and what other pieces of furniture you’ve got in the room already. Pretty patterned paper can be used creatively, in between shelves or in an alcove flanking a sideboard. Meanwhile, in a bedroom, you could include the floral element by hanging a wide panel of eye-catching fabric on the wall to frame your bed. Keeping your furniture choices simple means the various elements in your scheme won’t be competing for attention. Take your cue from the ancient concept of Yin and Yang: if you’ve got a full-on pattern, bright colours and highly detailed furniture in the same space it could all start to feel too much which is why Romsey’s simplicity and clean lines make it a great fit for harmonising this trend. 

For more inspiration, explore the Romsey collection here. 

Styling Parquet Furniture

parquet patterned welsh dresser

Statement carpentry takes centre stage with our Parquet range. The front-facing panels on the drawers and doors of each design are constructed by piecing together wood blocks to create a geometric mosaic effect. Distinctive, decorative and stylish, the design draws on traditional skills to create a pattern that shows off the variations in the solid oak grain. 

Sustain with Parquet

A perfect fit for Parquet’s rustic effect, this wonderfully tactile trend takes its inspiration from nature and raw materials. Our desire to bring the outdoors indoors – or “biophilia” to give it its fancy name, continues to be a major decor influence and we see it here with the selection of shady greens, earthy ceramics, woven textures and lush greenery. These organic elements and verdant hues take on a new richness alongside just-plastered pinks and the oak timber’s weathered finish. 

Favourite pieces in the Parquet collection are the dining table and bench. Together they make a stunning centrepiece in a kitchen-diner. Tie in additional accents of oak using some open wooden shelving on the walls which you can dress with plants and handmade pottery pieces. If you need some serious storage, go for the large dresser; the combination of sturdy solid oak shelving, drawers and cupboards is the perfect showcase for Parquet’s intricate carpentry. Other highlights in this range include a brilliant corner cupboard that makes the most of tricky spaces in your home and an elegant drinks cabinet. The adjustable shelving means it can also be used to house other things – we love it as a linen store, for example.

Silk Road with Parquet

Interiors take a more exotic turn as the inspiration for this board travels along the spice routes of India and Africa. Bold, clay-coloured pigments stand out against midnight blues and deep sunbaked earth tones that take their cues from starry skies and the arid desert landscape. Handcrafted objects, silky splashes of paisley and chunky woodblock pattern, perhaps on tiles, a rug or on a throw add richness and romance. All these elements marry beautifully with the warmth and texture of the glazed golden grain and bronze metal handles on Parquet’s decorative panels. 

This colour palette suits small spaces, like a study or a snug, for example. The Parquet desk combines cupboards and drawers with a spacious top to make a stunning work station. Meanwhile, this corner unit makes an elegant solution for housing your tv. 

In the same way these spicy shades create cosines they can also be helpful in a larger open area. A wash of paint in a vibrant shade on an end wall will help draw your eye through the scheme or consider using colour to zone spaces in your home. Try it in a hallway and make a stylish focal point with a piece of furniture, like the console table. 

For more inspiration, explore the Parquet collection online now.

Styling Rustic Oak Furniture

Rustic Oak Bedroom

Finished in a subtle tinted wax to give it rich honey tones, our Original Rustic collection remains ever popular. Its homely character comes from the cabinetry’s softly rounded corners, chamfered edges and bronze-tinted drop-bar handles. 

Kasbah with Original Rustic

Original Rustic Look Kasbah

Inspired by the souks and bazaars of Marrakech, this trend transports you with a seductive mix of moorish motifs, contrasting matt and glazed surfaces and a monochrome palette punctuated with terracotta accents and warm wood hues. 

Like many of the schemes we’ve featured, tactile materials lure you in. This is a layered look that incorporates a melting pot of tantalising textures and exotic patterns. If you plan on mixing woods, it tends to be more successful if they share something in common. Choosing pieces in honey-toned oak or dark hardwood timber in rustic finishes will lend the scheme richness. Because they tend to have more variation in their pattern than other woods, they will coordinate beautifully and unite a room’s eclecticism. The dark drop handles on the Original Rustic range provide another pop of bronzy black. 

Encaustic tiles continue to be super popular, with Moroccan styles occupying the limelight. The striking patterns you can achieve look fabulous in the kitchen or hallway – great for adding wow factor. But don’t stop there, introduce other mix and match decorative geometric shapes with ceramics and soft furnishings like rugs and throws. Seek out neutral linens, characterful chocolate leather and irresistible suede-like velvets. 

The warm palette and cosy intimate feel this trend creates translate really well in a kitchen diner or for a cosy sitting room where you want to relax and unwind.

Gardenia with Original Rustic

Original Rustic Gardenia

The last of our trends is inspired by Autumn gardens. After the heat of summer, the delicate palette features sun-faded lilacs and soft greens; crystalline shades that are elegant alongside deep aubergine, splashes of blue and the golden oak grain of the Original Rustic collection. 

Soothing yet sophisticated we love this scheme in a bedroom where you can create a sumptuous space not just for sleep but a sanctuary to retreat to. Make your bed the centrepiece using beautiful linens that pick out the accent colours and flank it with bedside tables topped with a lamp to layer lighting. A gentle glow rather than overhead lighting will further soften the scheme. 

Dressing tables, as well as being practical, can also be a lovely focal point. Use the drawers to keep everything out of sight and dress it with pretty pieces of glassware, your favourite fragrance (even better if it’s got a lovely bottle) and some flowers. We can’t all afford to splash out on a fresh bunch each week, so consider faux florals. These days there are some very convincing low maintenance stems that look just as good as the real thing. Finally, subtly follow the floral theme on the walls by featuring a small collection of framed prints. 

For more inspiration, explore the Original Rustic collection.