30 Rooms That Prove White & Wood Make The Perfect Pair
When we think about color combos that stand the test of time, black and white immediately comes to mind. But for those who prefer a less high-contrast look, there’s another pairing that’s equally timeless: white and wood. Neutral enough to complement any decorating style, this classic combo brings warmth and brightness to rooms.
After scouring our archives, it’s clear that designers also agree that white and wood are a perfect match. Here are 30 ways to incorporate the look into your home.
Mix reclaimed barnboards. Various tones of barnboard look at home next to soft whites.
Match rough woods with aged metals. A weathered pine harvest table and antique tin planters are balanced with a crisp white backdrop.
Go for black, white and wood. In a bright white kitchen like this, consider adding wood stools with practical black upholstery.
Add a wood trim detail. Reclaimed beam edging helps soften the contrast between the drywalled range hood and patterned backsplash.
Mimic wood with leather. If you’re looking for the warmth of wood but want something softer, try cognac leather in the same tone as your wood accents.
Use white and wood to offset louder accessories. An understated vanity and white countertops let an eclectic mix of keepsakes — like antlers, a porcelain pig and vintage still life — capture most of the attention in this bathroom.
Consider using plywood. The light tones of plywood work especially well with white walls (and slim budgets!)
Go low. For an airy look keep your furnishings light and ground them with wooden legs, like Sarah Richardson’s team did in this Muskoka cottage.
Try a two-toned railing. In this hallway, also designed by Sarah Richardson’s team, soft white pickets are offset by a warm wood railing and barnboard floors.
Offset dark floors with light hues. Designer Sam Sacks paired her dark hardwood floors with a linen sofa, cream Beni Ourain rug and crisp white walls.
Balance cool tones. Blue and white can read as cold, so in this child’s bedroom a small weathered wood table helps to add character and warmth.
Try wood shelves. Wood shelves feel oh-so appropriate in a farmhouse-style kitchen like this. They also help add visual interest to the white subway tile wall.
Break up light and dark. A white oak vanity and woven baskets create a pleasing middle ground between black hex tiles and white beadboard and subway tile.
Use wood to offset fancy finishes. In this principal bathroom, mid-toned woods keep golden accents and expanses of marble from feeling too over-the-top.
Use wood to anchor a tall ceiling. In designer Jill Kantelberg’s home, soaring ceilings are grounded with stone floors and wooden accents, like a pair of tall floor lamps.
Use white and wood to strike a nautical note. Weathered woods and soft whites conjure up feelings of summer by the water.
Frame focal points in white. This salvaged pine mantel and original fireplace take center stage when surrounded by bare white walls.
Play up original features: Original dark-stained elements can tell the story of your home. In order to balance the dark hues, choose lighter woods like white oak or teak and a light wall color.
Mix wood with woven. This large dining room’s peaked ceiling gets much-needed warmth thanks to a wood dining table and chairs, rattan pendants and a woven rug.
Install butcherblock. In an all-white kitchen, butcherblock counters are cost-effective, but they also help break up all the white.
Use light woods and white for a Scandi look. A wood base on this kitchen’s island complements the floating wood shelves and wood trim around the window.
Use white as an envelope for unique furniture. Designer Deb Nelson used reclaimed planks to create a large dining room table and painted the surrounding walls in a fresh white hue.
Use flooring for a sliding door. For a cohesive look, this home’s white oak flooring was used to create a sliding barn door, which is surrounded by white walls and fixtures.
Incorporate wood on structural elements. Airy stairs constructed using planks of white oak with white treads create a dramatic focal point in the heart of this home.
Try a wooden feature wall. Wooden wardrobe doors offer a weighty counterpoint to glossy white cabinetry and stark white walls.
Offset concrete with wood. Notoriously cold concrete and warm wood are a natural match, especially when paired with white walls.
Layer multiple wood tones for visual interest. White oak floors, walnut cabinets and white Caesarstone play off each other nicely in this streamlined kitchen.
Create a Zen feeling with natural materials. Maple floors, a cedar ceiling and sparse white walls feel totally tranquil.
Go for the unexpected. Breaking-up this mostly white bathroom with vintage louvered doors makes for a memorable space.
Frame the view. Using cedar on the ceiling and bright white on the walls creates a picture frame-like effect surrounding the window in this home office.