Sunrise 6-Drawer Dresser in Cherry by T.Y. Fine Furniture

Living Room Ideas for Cherry Wood Furniture

When it comes to furnishing your living room, choosing the right furniture is crucial to creating a welcoming and stylish space. Cherry wood furniture is a classic option that adds warmth and elegance to any room. Plus, cherry is an incredibly durable material, making furniture pieces crafted from it capable of withstanding daily use for years to come. 

In this article, we will explore the beauty of cherry wood furniture for the living room, as well as tips on how to incorporate it into your home décor.

Finding the Perfect Wall Color

A room's color palette can do so much magic in giving any space its life and vibe. Whether you want to fill your room with cherry wood furniture or simply add a few key pieces to your living room, choosing a color scheme that works is important. The backdrop, especially, makes or breaks the beauty of cherry in your space. 

Keep it neutral. 

A neutral color palette is a great choice for cherry furniture for two main reasons. First, it creates a sense of balance. Cherry wood itself has warm reddish tones, to neutral colors like beige, cream, light gray, or even white act as a calming backdrop. This prevents the room from feeling too busy or overwhelmed by color.

Second, neutrals offer versatility like no other color, whether you're going for traditional or contemporary interiors. They won’t clash with the cherry wood, allowing the furniture to be the star of the show. You can easily add pops of color through throw pillows, artwork, or an area rug, making it simple to personalize the space and change the mood as desired.

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Balance the warmth.

Natural cherry is warm toned. So, if you want to create a sense of balance, consider pairing it with cool colors like soothing grays, tranquil blues, and serene greens. This not only creates a sense of harmony but also prevents the room from becoming too intense.

Light grays, particularly those with cooler undertones, offer a clean and modern backdrop for your cherry wood furniture. They can create a sophisticated and timeless look, allowing the wood to take center stage without feeling overwhelming.

Neutral Wall Color for Wood Furniture


Pale sky blues, dusty blues, and light teals create a sense of serenity and spaciousness. These colors help evoke calmness and tranquility, making them ideal to balance the color of natural cherry, especially when the wood turns into a richer pink. 

Finally, the warm colors of cherry furniture against soft greens like sage green and or muted olive green is a match made in heaven. As a color found thriving in nature, green goes well with practically any color, especially warm pinks, reds, and browns. It’s like the true match for cherry wood. 

Subdued variations of green complement the natural tones of cherry wood while offering a subtle coolness that refreshes the space. They also work well with botanical accents and natural textures. 

Embrace the Contrast

To create a dramatic contrast for your natural cherry wood furniture, embrace the bold, dark colors. Deep navy blues, charcoal gray, or even a daring hunter green will make the reddish tones in the wood truly pop.

Paint an accent wall in one of these colors or choose a large area rug in a cool hue. Incorporate lighter elements, such as decor pieces with white trims or cream-colored and metallic accents, to balance the drama in the room and prevent it from feeling too dark.

Choosing Complementary Furniture and Accents

The warm tones of cherry wood furniture catch anyone’s attention quite easily. As such, decorating a living room with furniture pieces made of natural cherry can be a bit of a challenge. But don’t let this thought intimidate you. What’s key here is balance.

Upholstery: For a cohesive look, consider upholstery fabrics that easily complement the rich tones of your cherry wood furniture. Cream, beige, and light gray offer a timeless elegance. Leather upholstery in colors like camel or tan is also a good option to pair with cherry. If you want a touch of personality, introduce patterned fabrics with pops of color that tie in with your accent pieces. 

Sunrise Side Tables in Cherry Wood
Introducing the breathtaking Sunrise Side Tables in gorgeous natural cherry wood. With round, slightly leaning legs and subtle curves inspired by the traditional Japanese gate, these tables are sure to bring a touch of elegance to any space.


Coffee Tables and Side Tables: If your room is surrounded by large cherry wood pieces like bookshelves, wardrobes, or sideboards, you might want to balance the space with contrasting materials like glass, metal, or stone for your coffee table and side table. This adds visual interest and prevents the room from feeling too heavy with wood. But if you already have an existing coffee table or side table made of cherry, you apply balance through accent pieces made from such contrasting materials.

Rugs: Area rugs can ground your living space and define the conversation area. For lighter cherry wood furniture, consider patterned rugs with a mix of warm and cool tones. For aged cherry wood, opt for solid-colored rugs in lighter colors to balance the richness of the wood.    

Note: Natural cherry wood darkens over time. Consider this when picking decor and other furniture pieces to incorporate into your living room.

What Living Rooms Are

A living room is a space for spending quality time with family, friends, and guests. Thus, when decorating a living room and incorporating cherry wood furniture, remember that a living room must live up to its purpose.

Choose a living room layout that encourages connection and meaningful conversation among those in that space. Develop a flow that allows people to move freely. But at the same time, consider the proximity between each piece of furniture, especially seating, to create a functional space that also fosters intimacy.

While the sofas and chairs must match the overall aesthetic of the living room, they need to be comfortable, too.

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Modern 6-Drawer Dresser in Cherry
Our Modern 6-Drawer Dresser is inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, emphasizing functionality and showcasing the natural beauty of solid wood. It features tapered legs and a compact structure, key attributes of MCM furniture.


When decorating a living room with cherry wood furniture, keep in mind the importance of creating a space for spending quality time with family, friends, and guests. So, it’s important to consider not just the room’s aesthetics but also its form and function.

Arrange your furniture to create conversation circles. This encourages face-to-face interaction and an easy flow of conversation. A sectional sofa with ottomans or comfy armchairs positioned around a coffee table is a very common layout for a reason: it simply works. 

In addition to comfortable seating, consider including a game table, a cozy reading nook, or a designated area for board games or puzzles to promote interactive activities and shared experiences.

Final Notes

Cherry wood furniture is bold and timeless, with varying hues of red and brown to suit different styles. It can achieve a classic, vintage, or modern chic look, depending on your design preference.

Whatever interior style you may end up choosing, remember that your living room should reflect your design aesthetic and personality. So, make sure to plan carefully for a standout look that captures your individuality.

Ready to redecorate your living room? Visit T.Y. Fine Furniture and check out its wide selection of stylish, functional, and eco-friendly collections of cherry wood furnishings. 


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This post was first published on October 26, 2022, and has been updated.

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