Advice when choosing an oak occasional table
An oak occasional table can really enhance and complete the appearance of a room and often without one, something seems to be missing. Here is some useful information to bear in mind when selecting the perfect occasional table for your home.
A side or occasional table can be found in just about any room, ranging from the living room to the dining room, bedroom and even hallways as it’s an extremely versatile piece. As it can be placed in a multitude of environments, it can also be used for a variety of things. Displaying objects such as lamps, ornaments and photographs amongst others things is an ideal way of adding interest to an occasional table and using it to store items such as keys is another popular option. If utilised effectively as an accent piece, an occasional table can really bring a room to life.
Oak is and always will be one of the most popular choices when it comes to wooden furniture. This is because it’s beautiful to look at as well as resilient, durable and versatile. Oak also has the ability to resist attacks from insects and fungus. It is the natural choice for those with busy life-styles and families due to it being hard-wearing and its ability to cope with stains and everyday wear and tear. Due to the natural beauty of this hardwood, oak furniture can easily be incorporated into both contemporary and traditional settings.
So what are the key qualities you should look out for when selecting an oak occasional table? There happens to be more than one type of oak used in furniture making.
- Natural oak
- Tiger oak
- Pippy oak
- Burr oak
The natural oak has a stunning honey colour that runs through the wood, and as the name suggest, Tiger oak is more striped in appearance. Pippy and Burr oak are similar and have clusters of ‘cats paw print’ within the grain. Selecting an occasional table with different types of oak is down to personal preference.
Things to Consider
A very important factor before purchasing your ideal occasional table is to check out the build quality. Has the piece been well constructed using solid oak timbers which offer maximum strength and durability. Try to avoid flat packs or items made from inferior materials such as MDF, chipboard or veneers. Consider where you will place the table as you need to ensure that it works in harmony with the décor and ambiance of the room.
Occasional tables come in many different shapes and styles, from a simple design to one with drawers, shelves and even cupboards. Consider the size and function of the table and what it will be used for before making that final decision.
Hopefully, by taking some of this information into account you will be able to select the perfect oak occasional table for your home. Happy shopping!
Oak Furniture is a popular choice for home interiors due to its attractive appearance and exceptional durability. When choosing colour schemes to compliment your oak furniture go for what appeals to you while remaining open to the idea of exciting possibilities as there are many. Here are a few colour scheme suggestions that will work well with oak furnishings.
Light Yellow Colour Schemes
Light shades of yellow bring out the best facet of oak furniture. The shades are evocative of sunlight and therefore are excellent in exposing the sunny aspect associated with oak’s natural golden hues and finish. Light yellow in a room with oak furniture is the perfect way to create a brilliant, jolly and warm ambiance. Avoid darker shades of yellow such as butter yellow or sunflower yellow as these colours have a tendency to overshadow the light tones of a natural oak finish.
Cream Colour Schemes
Shades of cream such as oatmeal or light tones of beige will harmonize the neutral tones of oak furniture and are a very popular choice. This in turn will create a light ambiance that has a unique sense of freshness. Cream colour schemes can balance any décor style from modern simplicity to a rustic country style. The clear, neutral tones are reminiscent of a sandy beach on a warm and bright sunny day.
Brown Colour Schemes
One of the main colours found in oak furniture is brown so this colour scheme will effortlessly compliment the natural tones of the wood. Shades of brown work equally well in both modern and traditional settings and are extremely versatile. For a more understated look experiment with lighter browns such as cafe au lait or sand or if you’re looking to make a statement try bolder chocolate or coffee browns which will create a more dramatic effect.
Red Colour Schemes
Using shades of red to complement your oak furniture is an excellent way of inducing the honey hues of the furniture. If you settle for a red scheme, you need to ensure that it is not too orangey otherwise it may clash with some of the tones on the furniture. Go for shades that have a touch of pink in them, but avoid anything that is overly rusty.
Depending on your style and the mood you’re trying to create, I hope these ideas will help you achieve an environment that will showcase your oak furniture in an excellent way. You may decide to stick to one colour or be more adventurous and pull in various colours schemes that complement your existing accessories and work well with the rest of the room’s décor.
A couple of things come into mind when you think of using oak furniture for Christmas; decorations and the need to entertain. If you are looking for ways to add interest to your oak table this Christmas, these decorating ideas will give your table a festive ornamental accent.
Your Christmas cake trays and serving dishes can double up as the core component of your oak table decorations. Think of evergreen sprigs lined at the base of your favorite meal, topped with several pine cones and pink berries. You can even slot in tinsel if you so wish. To give the table a merry flicker, place a strand of Christmas lights inside the platter or tray.
Fruit Table Runner
You can create a simple conventional oak furniture decoration using artificial or fresh fruits. Line the table with a long brown, red or pink piece of fabric, topped with an assortment of real or artificial fruit. Coat the fruit with silver or gold sprinklings to give a gleam in the candlelight. To add texture and contrast, you may consider weaving a bough of holly or pine around the fruit and down to the table’s center. You can also give the decoration a temperate glow by placing candlesticks with tall tapers all through the table.
If you want to make a bold statement, a candelabra festooned with Christmas decorations will be an excellent way to do so. Oak furniture can blend in well with a number of candelabra including gold, wrought iron and silver as well as glass. Wrap evergreen or holly boughs around the candelabra’s base to add texture. Christmas knick-knacks glued to either of the candle-holders arms would be a perfect way to add shine. To complete the decoration, bring in Christmas-hued candles of brown, white or cream for some exuberance.
A Bowl of Ornaments
A bowl of ornaments brings to the fore uncomplicated yet elegant table decorations that will give your oak table a sophisticated look for Christmas. Place a bowl of glass at the center of the table and fill it up with unyielding assortment of multi-colored ornaments. To make the table even more interesting, consider placing tinsel or pine needles at the base of the bowl. You may also line red or green lights around the bowl on the outside.
Decorating oak furniture, and more precisely an oak table for Christmas boils down to choosing decorations that will create and ambiance of merry making while leaving the table looking magnificent at the same time. These ideas will certainly give you a good place to start with your decorations this Christmas.