Red oak is one of the most attractive flooring options available for your home. Well known for its durability and longevity, this material takes stain well and has a beautiful open grain which gives it a little more character than other hardwood choices. It is also widely available in the United States and constantly being replenished, making it a “greener” flooring option.
When choosing wall and decor color for a room with red oak hardwood consider its size first. If you are dealing with a smaller space, warm colors can make it feel more closed in while cooler colors can make it appear larger. Warmer colors are red, orange and yellow and cooler colors are green, violet and blue. Warm colors are also best used in rooms where more activity takes place as they are more lively. Cool colors are calming and tend to work best in bedrooms to promote healthy sleep patterns.
Another way to approach your color scheme is through what impression you would like the room to give visitors when they enter. If you want the colors to pop and make a statement, using complementary colors will accomplish that. If you want the room’s appearance to be more understated, your best bet is to use an analogous color scheme.
The relationship between colors can be seen using a standard 12-part color wheel. In what is called Color Theory, three colors that sit right next to one another are analogous, while colors that are opposite one another on the wheel are complementary. Since analogous colors are subtler in variation they can easily blend with one another while complementary colors stand out when placed side by side. While red oak can take on a different appearance when stained, we will use its unstained light reddish tone to further explain these color schemes.
Using an analogous color scheme which includes the color of your red oak flooring would be to combine that reddish color with orange and gold accents. This would add instant warmth to the room and give it a traditional look.
A complementary color scheme would make the room look more vibrant and provide visual interest. With red oak being your base, incorporating greens and blues would strike a great balance between warm and cool colors. Be sure to use neutrals throughout the space to prevent the energy of the room from becoming too overwhelming. It is always good to give the eye a place to pause when looking at a more dynamic color scheme.