My wife has asked me to build her a haberdasher. Okay, I can do that. She
wants to put it in our kitchen, which has a wooden floor - oak. She wants
the haberdasher to also be oak. I think the piece would look much
richer/nicer in mahogany or cherry. She wants oak to match the floor.
Questions: If it piece is oak, will it "disappear" into the room because of
the same species of wood in the floor and the piece? How would a cherry or
mahogany piece look sitting on an oak floor?
I am not a big fan of oak for furniture, but oak is what our floors are, so
I have to work with it.
No, you don't. I use what wood I want for the piece at hand. They mix up
trees in the forest and I mix them up in my house. Cherry would look very
nice against the oak floor.
If your wife does not like the completed piece, you can always give it away.
I'll bet she will change her mind once it is in place.
Perhaps both you and your wife would like the piece better if you used some
contrasting wood (2 varieties) in its construction. That takes care of your
concern of it blending in. Never can tell, your wife's concern may be that
she likes lighter colored woods, but may not be overwhelmed by some
contrasting wood in her haberdasher.
I have been in the wood flooring business for over 30 years. I
often run into this problem in kitchens with cabinets that are made
out of oak or maple or cherry or some other species of wood. Often
customers feel the floor should match the cabinets. It usually looks
better to put in a floor that contrasts or compliments the cabinets so
that the cabinets are highlighted. The same would apply with your
piece of furniture. It should contrast or compliment the floor instead
of matching it.
I guess it comes from a mentally that because it's wood it has to
match. If that were true that the cabinets have to match the floor,
there would have to be vinyl cabinets, ceramic tile cabinets, and
If you need some help here convincing the wife, just get any
designers magazine and you will have a tough time finding furniture or
cabinets that match the floor. As far as fine furniture goes look at
grand pianos. Very few are oak but many are on oak floors.
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