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Throughout our house we have light to medium stained oak trim around the windows/fireplace/baseboards/etc. We just painted the living room a bluish color with some light grey/brown accents. We were looking into getting new furniture but want to know what to buy. Does our coffee table/end tables/TV stand all have to be oak to match the trim and fireplace or what other kinds of wood could be match with it? Also, what color furniture would you go with? Thanks!


Thanks for writing me with your question.

While trims that are built in, i.e., window casings, door frames and baseboards are either stained or painted and should be consistent throughout the home, they do NOT dictate color for furnishings, nor should they.

My best advice is to get away from the oak and select instead furnishings that are pleasing to you.  You can use virtually any wood tone with another wood tone, dark to light, painted versus stained with any piece of furniture with great success.

As for furniture here's my #1 piece of advice:  keep your large and expensive furniture pieces in a neutral solid tone.  You can add accessory pieces in vivid stripes, flowers, paisleys or a combination of all of that.  When you keep those expensive pieces in neutral tones (dark or light doesn't matter) you afford yourself the opportunity to bring in drama and pattern with draperies, rugs, pillows, throws etc.  Then if and when your tastes change, it will not be an expensive proposition to change your accessories.


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