Maple is a hardwood often used for fine furnishings like cabinetry. It has a warm appearance that will grace any kitchen or room, and, depending on the type of stain used, can present itself in a range of colours from a light blond to a rich medium-brown. Like all natural wood furniture, maple has a neutral aspect due to its primarily brown colour. Given that, it is an easy colour to match with, offering a pleasing combination with anything from colours of warm intensity to more traditional, homey hues.
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The natural warmth of the maple works well with the warmer colours of the spectrum, such as red, orange and yellow to produce an inviting interior. These colours will work well no matter what your stain choices, although the richer stain colour will probably work best with the darker colours of the warm spectrum, like red and russet. Lighter stains produce a brighter aspect for the room and can be enhanced with yellow or yellow-orange. Very intense colours, like magenta, however, may overwhelm the natural beauty of the wood.
Pastel colours, or colours that have a significant admixture of white, are a good accompaniment to maple, especially for stains or coatings in the lighter end of the spectrum. The whitish colours will pair naturally with the maple and enhance the brightness of the room. Since pastels have less impact due to their softer tones, it opens up the palette to colours like sage, pastel mauve or even a pale violet.
Neutrals and Earth Tones
Earth tones like tan, taupe and umber are natural companions to maple. You can heat them up a bit by going for fall shades that add a touch of red or orange. Neutrals can work well, too, although colours tending to the grey, without any colour aspect beyond that, can be sterile and take away from the natural warmth of the wood. For these colours, a more restrained palette for the walls and floors lends itself well to adding colour in other areas like throws, window treatments, colourful ceramics or wall hangings.
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