Pale timbers are subtle and easy to live with, but when it comes to adding luxury and sophistication to a space, nothing beats rich walnut. Darker timbers are enjoying a renaissance right now across Europe, the US and Canada, with designers offering up a plethora of gorgeous furniture designs that are all about showcasing the inherent beauty of the timber’s natural swirls, knots and grains.
It’s a distinctive nod to 70s styling, but with a contemporary twist – think a moody, retro colour palette with modern, pared-back lines that bring the look right up-to-date. Take your pick from dining tables, chairs, coffee tables, bookcases, consoles and bedside tables in shades of black and deep chocolate brown, which can be used on their own alongside pale furnishings to create an instant focal point within a room, or combined with timber floors and lighter timber pieces in tonal shades to create a rich, multi-layered feel.
Walnut and other dark finishes also work beautifully paired with this season’s hottest soft furnishing shades – pale blush pink, inky blue, teal and charcoal. For an on-trend look, consider placing a walnut coffee table on a fashionable overdyed rug in navy or a pretty pastel; popping a patterned teal cushion or silvery grey throw on a walnut-framed armchair; or jazzing up a rich timber side table with a collection of eye-catching glassware in myriad shades of blue.
To add even more drama to the dark timber look, introduce a few pops of metallics, such as a hanging pendant or dramatic standard lamp in antiqued bronze; a brass side table; or some gorgeous accessories in copper or rose gold.
If it’s a look that gets your pulse racing, the first step is to choose the perfect walnut piece. Start right here by checking out our sleek, stunning Conan round dining table; low-slung Myron Frederik Rectangular coffee table; and Tricia dining chairs in Walnut and Barley – all ideal for adding a little spice and sophistication to your interiors.