Over time, cherry wood darkens to a rich reddish-brown hue that benefits from a cooling balance to promote a restful atmosphere. Decorate a bedroom with cherry furniture by focusing on key elements, including the wall color, window treatments and accessories that calm rather than rev your senses.
Relaxing Wall Color
Flood the room with cool color by painting or wallpapering the walls pale or mid green. Green is red's complementary color, and it helps neutralize or downplay cherry wood's complexion and lively energy. If you prefer cool blue, opt for light, watery aqua or turquoise with a hint of green. Or, go with a mid- or dark-blue paint treatment or wallpaper design with calming green swirls or a leafy print -- a little red provides a visual connection. If the cherry furniture tends to appear orange- or honey-toned because of its stain color or stage in the darkening process, it's complementary to or quite agreeable with blue.
Neutral, Artful Window Treatments
A perk to using neutral white or off-white window treatments is that they won't distort daylight as do colored curtains. Use pale-neutral curtain panels with a cool green and warm red pattern to tie into the cherry furniture and the cool-colored walls. If you're using printed wallpaper, find a drapery design that offers similar form, but visual distinction, such as panels with a small polka-dot print to stand out from large swirls or flowers on the wall.
Beyond the color aspect, swirls, polka dots or geometric shapes speak to contemporary furniture design, while floral, paisley or plaid patterns meld with traditional, rustic or country-style pieces.
Cheery, Cherry Accessories
Basically, the goal isn't to eliminate your "orchard-born" furniture, but to limit its stimulating effects. Again, roping in the fruity color with small hits of deep red lets a cherry dresser, tables and headboard maintain their presence -- just initiate each accessory smartly. Rather than filling a ruby-colored vase with blush carnations, for example, load it with plenty of greenery and a few white roses, daffodils or aromatic off-white Solomon's seals.
Also, incorporate artwork that includes the room's accent colors plus a touch of red; as with choosing patterns, let your furniture's modern or rustic form lead the art's rest-inducing, Zen-like composition. Red piping on green or neutral-tone bedding, or banding on an area rug, provides another link to surrounding hues. Inconspicuous hits of red acknowledge the wood's existence without costing you sleep.