Color Suggestions to Coordinate with Reclaimed Wood?

Color Suggestions to Coordinate with Reclaimed Wood?

Aaron Able
Mar 2, 2010

Q: My partner and I are building our small home in Chilmark, Massachusetts (he's building and I carry things around when I am not working). It is time to pick out paint color(s) and we're having a hard time. What's making it so difficult is the variety of wood used throughout the house as we used mostly reclaimed wood from old jobs he's worked on and white oak from our property that he milled into beams…

Sent by Ally

…The beams and collar ties are oak and fir. The front door is mahogany. The window trim is cypress. The floor is reclaimed antique heart pine and fir. I like the look created by various wood types (and the fact that a lot of it was free) but I'm not sure what paint color(s) might work well for the walls with exposed beams and trim that will be left natural (oiled, not urethaned). I've been religiously checking AT everyday for ideas and thought I'd throw this out there. Everyone always has such helpful suggestions. What colors work next to natural wood? Thanks!

Editor: Ally, I would suggest taking some inspiration from Scandinavian homes. They often use a variety of woods and have a light, bright and often white interior — something that your multiple windows and high ceilings will work well with. If the thought of white is too boring, think about very, very pale grays — they often work beautifully with EVERYTHING. I just painted my new apartment Benjamin Moore's 'Pale Oak' and found that is is almost white in natural light, but turns a pleasant gray at night.

Who else has suggestions for Ally?

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