Colors that Go With Cherry Wood Bedroom Furniture

Deep tones, warm neutrals, bold hues.
Colors that Go With Cherry Wood Bedroom Furniture
Tom Greenspan
December 21, 2022

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Cherry wood has always been a popular choice for bedroom furniture and, as such, keeps its position as one of the longest trending tones for your bedroom. But is it easy to match colors to cherry wood? What color is cherry wood?

The heartwood (wood closest to the center of the log) starts a light pinkish brown that develops into a rich reddish brown shade over time. The sapwood of the cherry tree is a creamy pale yellow color. Cherry wood colors vary from tree to tree and even among boards from the same cherry tree. So don't rely on all cherry wood tones being the same. It's part of the beauty of this wood.

This article will give you an authoritative overview of the colors that can be matched with cherry wood bedroom furniture where you can create a classic style bedroom through to contemporary colors that will bring your bedroom into the 21st century.

Let's dive in and explore the potential colors to match with cherry wood and more such as:

  • All hat no cattle
  • Wood with wood
  • Classic designs
  • Accessorize with color.

What is the best color for bedroom furniture?

Cherry wood has warm deep tones and can change color with age, so selecting the correct color can be challenging. You will need to take particular care when using vivid colors that may clash with the deep red tones of cherry.

Here are some pointers to help you decide:

  • Ubiquitous white. You may want to move away from the white paint on your walls, and who could blame you? It's in every home and can hardly be called inspiring or original. However, white and dark tones match incredibly well, creating the perfect canvas to add an accent wall to your bedroom.
  • Warm terracotta, you may be surprised by the suggestion, but other warm tones work well with cherry reds. Earthy tones can be found in nature next to brown reds, such as in late fall, where the colors coalesce into beautiful earth tones.
  • When using natural woods, taking inspiration from nature is always a great place to start, leading to shades of green, including the richness of emerald green. These two colors go hand in glove and make a spectacular bedroom.
  • Cream color walls, Warm and luxurious, are the best way to imagine cherry wood bedroom furniture. The airy delights of cream walls will create classic lines and make your bedroom feel classical and somewhat modern.
  • Greens and Mint green headboards are in vogue for a good reason. They create an awesome visual experience and move away from what is considered traditional bedroom furniture.
  • If you want to add some life to the bedroom, then it's got to be royal blue, you may feel that you are walking on the wild side, but it's a color match made in heaven. Use royal blue as accessories or an accent wall with white or cream walls.
  • Where would we be without gray? The shades of gray are awesome, from ash gray to charcoal gray, staying on the lighter side of gray to create a modern bedroom with classic overtones of the subtle shades of gray.

Let's get some inspiration.

1. Modern eclectic living

Most people imagine cherry wood in classic bedrooms, like farmhouses are period homes that are well established, but cherry wood is versatile. It can be used in many bedroom settings to bring the glorious tones of cherry wood to the bedroom.

In this modern eclectic style, the cherry wood is removed and replaced with modern laminate furnishings, the room would look bare and somewhat empty and devoid of personality.

The richness of cherry wood has a presence in a bedroom, so color contrast can be demanding, so play it safer and use white if you are unsure and let the cherry wood take center stage in the bedroom.

This modern Scandinavian-style bedroom has it all going on, but you may notice the accessory that shines out most is the deep red leaves in a white vase on the bedside table.

Of course, this bedroom has left nothing to chance, from light brown tones to purple mauve and shades of gray. Impossible to get it wrong with such a color palette.

How to create this look?

Think white and then every color that could possibly be paired with cherry wood! It is a true mix and match of color which works but never detracts from the beauty of the cherry wood which dominates the bedroom with its rich tones.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 6.

Experiment with colors and be adventurous, cherry wood is enormously forgiving of other colors and you can use a cacophony of colors based on neutral tones from nature.

2. Transient living

Some of you may not be blessed with full bedroom sets. Blessing or curse, this bedroom has the beauty of cherry wood tones through the gorgeous wood floor. Managing the decor of a room with the deep cherry red tones of a wood floor may present a problem. Again this room has been painted white, allowing the wood floor's beauty to shine through.

If you do have a semi-transient lifestyle, then gray bedroom furniture will serve you well. Gray goes with most colors as demonstrated in this bijou bedroom.

The rug with gold tones elevated the color of the floor, and surprisingly, the beige duvet cover's dullness complemented the deep red tones.

It's important to say that as long as you are not competing with the deep tones of cherry wood, most colors will be fine with cherry wood. Vibrant greens and blues would look less attractive in this bedroom with such an expanse of cherry wood flooring.

How to create this look?

White walls, neutral tones of a darker tone of gray, and the silver lampshade is part of the overall strategy to make this semi- bedroom minimalist, which goes with the suggested lifestyle of the bedroom owner.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 4.

If you inherit a cherry wood floor, you will need to manage the red tones while still allowing the cherry wood to take center stage in the bedroom. The use of white walls is ok, it could have been more imaginative and inspirational.

3. Use wood to make the contrast

It may not seem the obvious choice but using another species of wood with its unique colors is a perfect way of managing cherry wood dark tones.

In this bedroom, you have lightness of the parky flooring and the oak tones of the closet with the cherry red of the window frame and a chair with dark tones and a bed with beech wood base. Often using different species of wood brings excitement to the bedroom with different tones and grains of wood.

The cream walls are needed in this bedroom to bring the wood tones under one umbrella to be contained gently.

Full-length cream drapes draw your eyes towards the windows to detract from the amalgamation of wood tones. Of course, the green foliage of the house plant brings more natural tones into the bedroom, which is a welcome variant of color.

How to create this look?

It seems not to be creative but more of a this is what you have so work with it type of bedroom. If you have a parky floor it would be sacrilege to cover it and the same with the closet, its beautiful in design and color. The window frames are part of the fixtures and fittings of the bedroom.

The only option for decor is cream or gray and cream it is!

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 5.

If you have all of these wood species in one bedroom then you have to make them work cohesively as possible which is why cream drapes and walls have been used.

4. Accessorize with colors

Introducing colors to cherry wood is easier than you thought but, you may want to stay with the fundamentals of decor and keep the walls and ceiling white to accentuate the beautiful colors of the cherry wood, it's a wise decision.

The gorgeous paisley duvet color shows deep blues and light greens to perfection and demonstrates that cherry wood works with most color combinations. The beep blue cushions framing the gold cushion are masterful. The pillow culminates in a chocolate brown.

The gold mirror frame and the golden light make the bedroom feel classic with a modern twist of accessories.

The stature of this cherry wood bedroom furniture is robust in construction and color which makes it even more attractive in the bedroom.

How to create this look?

It's a classic style bedroom so not moving away from the fundamentals of decor with such dark red hues is a smart idea, Accessorize with colors that are classic in design or contemporary this style of the bedroom would be perfect with either style.

Deep tones are necessary to elevate the bedding to a level where it is not being consumed by the tones of the cherry wood.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 7.

Select accessories carefully and don't be afraid to add some bold deep colors like blue and green into the mix to add personality to your bedroom.

5. Taupe

Taupe comes in many shades but its base is gray and brown, making it a unique color., This shade of taupe almost is on the spectrum of lime green which would have worked equally well in this size of bedroom.

Its clear that shades of brown are the design cue for this bedroom despite the taupe bedroom walls, the floor is domineering, and the needed cherry wood brings the wood into a harmonious conclusion to match the bedroom decor.

Floor rugs with maroon shades will compliment the cherry wood as will the light bedding tones. The Indian pattern style bed throw is the essence of tranquility in the bedroom leading to the exterior woodlands from the bedroom.

Tall structural brown lamps and shades add perspective to the dimensions of the bedroom.

How to create this look?

Tape or light green walls would have worked in this bedroom that connects to a small patio and then woodland, the transition from bedroom colors to nature's colors is seamless.

The cherry wood adds balance and coordination to the bedroom with such a large wood floor.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is an 8.

Tape can be a non-descript color and color hard to choose for your decor due to the varying shades, the selection of greige would have been a better choice adding more richness to the bedroom and a chick vibe.

It's a huge bedroom to paint so it's a solid 8.

6. Gray all the way

You know gray is a contemporary bedroom color and it's noted for its impartial tones that can be described as boring, well with cherry wood gray takes on a whole new meaning, Gray adds depth and dimension to the bedroom when used in conjunction with cherry wood.

Elevating domineering tones can be a mighty challenge but gray manages the depth of cherry wood and allows it to be elevated to new heights making your bedroom feel vibrant from its dark red tones.

Neutral bedding continues the theme of allowing the cherry wood to be numero uno in this bedroom. 

The silver lamp and shade are an ideal juxtaposition of design elements from classic to modern in the same small bedroom.

How to create this look?

It's a small bedroom with a white ceiling and ash gray walls, and then cherry wood furniture, The bedding is neutral but has flares of bright red to contrast the neutral tones of the gray walls and the depth of the cherry wood.

The silver bed bench brings modernity directly into this bedroom that could have had classic overtones.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 6.

The scale of the bedroom is important with small rooms, if there are natural architectural beams in the bedroom consider exposing them for a homely look and feel.

7. Sky blue and cherry wood?

There is a misconception regarding cherry wood and it is this., it can only be used with white and neutral tones. Well, here is the bedroom that proves that theory completely wrong.

The beautiful pastel shy blue is the perfect match and contrast for the deep rich tones of cherry wood. The Parisian vibe of this bedroom is born from the gorgeous cherry wood chair and the extent of the sky blue walls that adorn this nursery's walls.

The blue drapes and diaphanous sheer voiles fill the bedroom with a diffused light making the bedroom look warm and inviting while accentuating the cherry red tomes of the bedroom furnishings.

Of course, add a neutral rug, it fits in with the overall color scheme, one loud color from the cherry wood and then light and breezy walls.

How to create this look?

Pastel blue on the walls and white ceiling and some gorgeous cherry wood bedroom furniture with the addition of a cherry wood French style chair to complete the nursery.

The drapes and beautiful and diffused light add another element of design to the nursery bedroom.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is an 8.

The walls are easy to paint but with a high picture rail, you may have to spend more time using masking taper to achieve a flawless finish. The drapes are elegant but availed drape tie backs in a nursery or child's bedroom, they are a potential hazard.

8. Charcoal gray modern bedroom

It may seem counterintuitive to introduce cherry wood into a bedroom that is clearly designed for a male with a modern angle to the bedroom design, But, it somehow slips into place unobtrusively keeping you anchored in traditions while you enjoy the best of contemporary living.

Charcoal gray could be considered as being contradictory to the deep red trove of cherry wood but the truth is they work well together as colors in a non-competitive way. It could be considered to be a somewhat eccentric choice of bedroom furnishings for this bedroom color palette but without it, the bedroom would seem lackluster and devoid of personality and character.

The grey wood bookshelves accessories are masterful as they retain the heritage perfectly while you move to the grays and light tones of the bedding and mesmerizing black and white footstool.

Not forgetting the modern artwork adorning the bedroom walls with yellow geometric patterns, is it eccentric Or a design masterpiece?

How to create this look?

The charcoal wall is easy to paint and the bedding is contemporary and can be found online. The cherry wood bookcase with its collection of period accessories is a masterpiece of design and fits perfectly with this bedroom.

The artwork may not be everyone's style but it does maintain the eccentric theme of the bedroom superbly.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is an 8.

Design is about fun and creativity, no one could deny that creativity has not been used in this bedroom to great effect for the color choices of the cherry wood furniture.

The hardest part of this bedroom is adding a dark color to a wall, the wall preparation needs to be perfect to deliver a perfect paint tone.

9. All hat no cattle!

Most of you would admit that cherry wood furniture is awesome, it is robust and has a presence in the bedroom, and then you have the best tones and shades that any wood could offer, so is it possible to screw up your bedroom decor with such wonderful bedroom furniture.

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, some of you just play it safe constantly, and it's time to be a little edgy or go all in and make your bedroom spectacular. In 1990 this chocolate brown accent wall would have been considered a cutting-edge design when the truth was it looks awful in some situations and should be avoided.

Look if you are not comfortable with design and using a color wheel to select colors it's fine, but you can do better than having a lifeless bedroom. Worried about the costs of decorating escalating? Go for white, white ceiling and white wall, now the cherry red wood stands out like a beautiful beacon calling you home.

Use colorful accessories and bedding, introduce deep blues and greens, bring on the purple headboard, and add sensuality to your bedroom.

How to create this look?

Don't do it, there are times when you have to stand up and say no more and this is one of those times in your life, there is no excuse to have a bedroom as dull and dour as this one.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 9.

It's a 9 because it's hard to screw up your decor this bad with a beautiful bedroom future made from cherry wood.

10. Classic beauty

There are times in your life that you deserve the best bedroom possible and with cherry wood, it's easy to achieve. Cherry wood brings classic rich tones to the bedroom, and when coupled with the muted tones of a medium gray wall the cherry wood shines like never before. Add pure white bedding and some sumptuous white pillows and cushions and the look is complete.

White lamps and shades proportional to the bedroom and contrasting ceiling to floor drapes and the bedroom is almost complete, Add prints in slim gold frames and all looks glorious, a design triumph that brings classic and contemporary designs and colors into the same room with glorious effect.

The bedroom carpet can be gray or cream to retain the neutrality of the base colors.

How to create this look?

It's a classic look with a modern spin that looks awesome. Its about medium gray paint on the walls and white ceiling and with gray drapes and carpet. The bedding being all white looks incredible and is the perfect contrast for the deep red tones of cherry wood and the gray decor.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 7.

Copy the image to create a bedroom that is timeless in design. It's simple to create this bedroom, gray walls, gray drapes, and neutral carpet, a white ceiling, and the bedding to match with white accessories. Adding gold picture frames elevates the bedroom slightly, adding a feeling of accomplishment.

Is it easy to match colors with cherry wood bedroom furniture?

Surprisingly yes, cherry wood is very forgiving, and you can make an awesome bedroom with this furniture with its deep red tones. The bedroom can be contemporary and retain elements of traditional furniture, which is a great juxtaposition of designs.

In a classic bedroom, cherry wood furniture is the essence of classic colors and robust bedroom furniture designs. When married with a contemporary color such as gray or taupe, or greens and blues, the cherry wood comes to life and takes center stage in the bedroom without being domineering.

It's been demonstrated that cheer wood is perfect in a nursery bedroom and can be used effectively with pastel sky blue.

Cherry wood's deep rich colors are versatile, more versatile than you imagine, and can be paired with a wide range of colors such as purple that bring harmony and sensuality to a bedroom. How about the green tones, it's a natural decision, and the colors work well together to create a tranquil and calming bedroom.

Can you make a monumental mess of your decor when using cherry wood? Ye. When you are too cautious.