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9 Oak Bedroom Furniture Ideas (Pro Designer’s Picks)

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Using oak furniture in any interior space has always been a good choice, mostly due to the sturdy nature of oak, combined with that classic look and feel.

Through the years, bedroom furniture made of oak has drastically changed from the classic designs to a more modern visual approach – which is perfect for anyone looking for something new.

However, a common problem with using oak furniture is that it can make an interior space look heavy or old when used too much.

So how do you decorate a bedroom with oak furniture?

The most effective way to decorate a bedroom with oak furniture is to use white, off-white, or light gray for the primary wall colors to create a relaxing ambiance, paired with an earthy accent wall and oak headboard to create a focal point – with a mixture of oak tones throughout for visual appeal.

The rest of this article gives you 9 designs that you can copy or adapt to use oak furniture in your bedroom properly.

We will go through several design ideas that will alleviate the common heavy visual problem in the bedroom by using varying colors of paint, different wood tones of oak, and other accessories to make your bedroom truly worthy of a good night’s sleep.

I have drawn upon my extensive knowledge as a professional interior designer to give you some cutting-edge insights that will make your bedroom stand out.

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9 Oak Furniture Bedroom Design Ideas

Below are 9 oak furniture bedroom designs that you can copy – I’ve explained how to achieve each look in the subsections:

1: Use Light and Neutral Colors for a Relaxing Ambiance

Oak Bedroom Furniture With Light and Neutral Colors
Oak Bedroom Furniture With Light and Neutral Colors

White, off-white, and/or light gray are the best primary and secondary bedroom wall colors to pair with oak furniture.

More specifically, as seen in the photo example above, it is best to have the majority of the bedroom walls painted in light neutral colors, such as off-white or light gray.

In a bedroom setting, clashing and striking colors can create a chaotic feel that doesn’t help the onset of sleep.

Opting for lighter tones avoids this problem and helps create a relaxing ambiance.

How to Copy This Look:

The color of oak is usually in the warm part of the color spectrum – so using light, cool colors as much as possible (except for accent walls) will create a natural, refreshing bedroom interior.

To copy this look, you should choose several paint colors within the light-neutral color spectrum and compare the sample paint swatches alongside the oak furniture to see what is the most compatible.

Go one or two shades lighter than the color shade you picked – especially when your oak furniture shade is on the warm side – as this can actually cause the painted walls to seem darker.

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2: Use Earthy Accent Colors to Complement the Oak Tones

Oak Bedroom Furniture With Earthy Accent Colors
Oak Bedroom Furniture With Earthy Accent Colors

Oak furniture pairs well with any natural, earthy color – just like in the above photo of a bedroom interior with a juniper gray accent wall.

This echoes the way in which the green leaves are paired with the brown wooden trunk of an oak tree.

Earthy tones, such as juniper or seaweed are perfect as an accent color for the design accessories that will be incorporated with the oak furniture in your bedroom.

The beauty of using earthy colors is that they work with any shade of oak – both light or dark.

How to Copy This Look:

To copy this look, you should pick an earthy color and use it as the accent color.

You can then apply this color to a single wall in your bedroom – the wall behind the bed usually works best.

You can then splash this accent color throughout the room in selective areas such as artwork, lamp fixtures, and even plants (live or faux will work).

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3: Use a Variety of Oak Tones to Create Visual Appeal

Bedroom With Mixed Tones of Oak Bedroom Furniture
Bedroom With Mixed Tones of Oak Bedroom Furniture

One of the best ways to create visual appeal in an all-oak bedroom furniture interior is using different shades of oak.

An example would be placing a dark oak dresser on a lighter wooden floor to create contrast – as illustrated in the design above.

This creates visual variety and breaks up the monotone look that is a common problem when using a lot of oak furniture in your bedroom.

In my experience as a designer, it is best to match the accent wall with your primary oak tone.

For example, if the color you have chosen for your accent wall is dark grey, you can use a similar dark gray shade in your oak dresser to create congruence.

How to Copy This Look:

The best way to achieve this look is by making the right choices during the buying stage of your bedroom interior project.

Rather than buying an entire set with the same wood tone for all the bedroom furniture, choose at least two shades of oak veneer to break the monotony.

If you already have your oak furniture, use a wood stain to darken the shade of your chosen furniture.

I would recommend hiring a professional for this, as using wood stain requires experience to get that authentic look without ruining the quality of the wood grain of the oak.

When using wood stain, you can only go darker than the color of the original oak shade you currently have.

However, if you do have experience in staining wood yourself, go ahead and make your bedroom furniture color pop!

Click here to see the top 9 colors that go with dark wood bedroom furniture.

4: Incorporate Bluish Pastel to Achieve an Airy, Nautical Design

Bedroom With Oak Furniture and Blue Pastel Accents
Bedroom With White Oak Furniture and Blue Pastel Accents

Bluish pastel accents paired with oak furniture – usually light or white oak – gives a relaxing, beachside feel to any bedroom interior.

The photo sample above showcases hints of blue in various areas of the bedroom interior, which compliments the white oak bedroom furniture.

This design idea is a very good way of choosing a different route when using oak bedroom furniture – as it follows a nautical concept rather than the earthy, heavy design interiors that usually go with oak furniture.

Bluish pastel accents, in my experience, are best used with white oak bedroom furniture, with a few light brown wood textures.

How to Copy This Look:

When using pastel blue as an accent color, it would be best to make sure that your oak furniture is a white shade or painted white with brown wood tones.

You can use pastel blue accents on little trinket accessories, such as picture frames and lamps.

You can also use this as an accent color on your bed, on the throw pillows, or on secondary pillows.

You can also use pastel blue as an accent color for your curtains to compliment your white oak furniture.

Remember, when choosing where an accent color goes in an interior space, it should only accent the primary colors of the interior, and not overpower it visually.

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5: Remove Visual Weight With a Painted Accent Wall

Bedroom With Oak Furniture and a Painted Accent Wall
Bedroom With Oak Furniture and a Painted Accent Wall

As seen in the photo example above, a colored accent wall creates a focal point that overpowers the oak bedroom furniture set.

This gives the viewer a second part of the bedroom to concentrate on – which in turn removes the oak bed set as the single focal point in the room.

Choose an accent paint color that will be similar to the color of some accent pieces – such as the throw pillows or a lounge chair.

How to Copy This Look:

A painted accent wall is one of the easiest ways of using color in a bedroom with oak furniture.

Choose a color that is far from the wood tones of the oak furniture you are using in your bedroom.

So if your oak bed frame shade is on the golden to honey tone part of the spectrum, you wouldn’t use earth tone colors as your accent wall, as this would be too similar in shade.

Instead, using a cool color shade such as gray or dark blue would complement your oak bed frame.

When attempting this look, try to remember that colors are visually appealing.

So use a color wheel to distinguish the closest color to your oak bed set and look for the opposite color as your accent color.

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6: Combine Oak and Metal for a Modern Look

Bedroom Design With Oak and Metal Furniture and Accessories
Bedroom Design With Oak and Metal Furniture and Accessories

To avoid the common problem of a bedroom interior that looks too heavy, use furniture that has different textures – such as wood and metal.

For example, the photo above shows a bedside table with an oak drawer installed on gray metal legs.

This kind of furniture is perfect if you are opting for a modern bedroom interior.

Sometimes when we think of oak furniture, we immediately think of our grandparents’ houses, with heavy and thick oak furniture.

By using furniture that isn’t made entirely from wood, you create a lighter and more modern look.

You can pick oak furniture from different bedroom sets to achieve a similar visual result.

Buying an entire bedroom set is the fastest way for a bedroom interior to start looking heavy and stuffy!

Usually, an entire oak bedroom set will have the same wood grain and shade, which prevents the unique style that you surely want to create in your bedroom space.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different furniture items from different display sets.

How to Copy This Look:

To have that modern bedroom interior while using oak furniture, look for pieces that have different materials built into them, such as metal and glass.

An oak vanity table with a sleek metal base – or an oak bed frame with metal legs – will always steer your bedroom interior away from looking old and stuffy.

The best way to mix and match furniture items from different sets without them looking mismatched and messy is to choose another wood shade as an accent in your bedroom interior.

For example, if the furniture design you want has that modern look to it, a bed frame and a bedside table from different sets will work better than just a bed frame and a bedside table from the same furniture set.

You can also choose a different shade of oak from a different set, as long as it is similar to another color shade of any accent or accessory in your bedroom.

An example of this would be a darker, cool shade of oak for a bedside table to match a dark grey accent wall.

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7: Use an Oak Headboard to Create an Aesthetic Appeal

Bedroom With Oak Headboard
Bedroom With Oak Headboard

The headboard is the crown of a bedroom interior.

A large, natural oak headboard can be used to create a strong focal point – as seen in the image above.

There are many types of headboard designs on the market these days.

If you’re going for a modern oak headboard or a more natural design, always remember to choose one that showcases the wood grain and texture of the oak, while being an exact contrast to the color of your accent wall.

This will give more of an aesthetic appeal to your accent wall.

How to Copy This Look:

These days, most oak bed frames already have a headboard.

However, for those bed sets that do not have one, it’s easy to install one for your bedroom interior.

When choosing your oak headboard, it is always important to remember that this is one of those times where you can really show off this display piece.

Always contrast your oak color and texture from your accent wall, to give it that maximum visual appeal.

Oak headboards or oak planks are usually readily available in most big hardware stores.

If you are looking for a more natural, unique headboard, you can order one online, or from your local woodshop.

Click here for a guide to attaching a headboard to an adjustable bed.

8: Use Floating Oak Shelves for Stylish Storage

Bedroom With Floating Oak Shelves
Bedroom With Floating Oak Shelves

An oak shelf is not only practical for use on a blank wall but also visually appealing – just like in the photo above.

Even if installed for aesthetic purposes only, it is also extra storage, which means less chance of a cluttered room.

How to Copy This Look:

Installing oak shelving in a room is one of those “do it yourself” things that almost anyone can do.

Wooden shelving is easily bought in almost any hardware store and usually comes with instructions and materials for installation.

Depending on the wall space that you will be placing it in, a multi-tiered shelf is more aesthetically pleasing than a single shelf.

The spacing for each shelf tier depends on the objects you are planning to put on it, so plan carefully.

Most narrow shelves have a wooden spike that needs to be drilled into place in the wall, while shelves with more depth will have a small L bracket underneath, to hold the weight of the shelf and objects.

When styling your shelves, I would recommend mixing items that are for storage, such as books, with aesthetic items such as small plants, picture frames, or accessories that showcase your style.

The last thing you want is to use every level as storage, or else it would look too heavy.

Click here for 7 of the best and worst places to put shelves in your bedroom.

9: Use an Oak Dresser for Clothing Storage

Bedroom With Oak Dresser
Bedroom With Oak Dresser

This design idea is perfect for small bedroom spaces where design and functionality go hand in hand.

It is best to opt for an oak dresser rather than an oak wardrobe due to the dresser’s dual capability for clothing storage and ability to display accessories – as seen in the photo example above.

A dresser also looks more appealing and less visually heavy than a wardrobe closet, especially in a small bedroom.

When choosing an oak dresser for aesthetics and functionality, it is best to go for a wide, low body – to give you more space on the top of the dresser for any display or vanity items you would want to place there.

How to Copy This Look:

When choosing an oak dresser, it is best to find one that has a different wood tone on the top paneling, compared to the rest of the dresser’s body.

This gives a better visual design for any accessories or trinkets that you would display on the top.

When choosing an oak wood tone for a dresser, going for a darker shade compared to your other bedroom furniture is perfect, as this gives this specific piece more character, rather than blending in with the other furniture.

Whether you double the top of the dresser as a vanity display or a bookshelf, it is always good to add one or two indoor plants on top to complete the look.

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Conclusion: Mix Tones and Sets With Earthy Colors

Oak bedroom furniture is very flexible when it comes to bedroom interiors because of its numerous wood tones that work well in almost any design plan, whether it be more of a rustic design or a contemporary one.

Always remember that when choosing oak furniture, you should go for several items from different furniture sets to give a bedroom more character.

When choosing oak bedroom furniture, colors and accents are important for making sure the resulting visual design does not look too heavy, as is the common problem with most oak furniture bedroom designs.

Oak furniture mixed with metal or glass in its structure, such as its base or top, will give a modern look to the usual classic furniture design.

If in doubt, earthy color tones are always a perfect match as a secondary or accent color to any oak furniture, and will naturally tie together your bedroom visually.

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