Colour palettes perform best when there’s enough difference to create interest and variation (one or two colours alone isn’t really enough), but equally not so many colours that there’s no cohesion or clarity (any more than four key shades and your scheme will start to lose focus).
By thinking of timber as one of your room’s core colours, it adds a level of rigour, because you’ll be less tempted to bring in yet another tone to the room. You’ll approach your decorating decisions by considering if all of your colours complement one another – timber included.
In the first scheme pictured, Flax Blue, Salt and brown timber (in different tones) create the palette. The painted base of the Hebden trestle table introduces the room’s second colour, while the timber tabletop, floorboards and stool introduce the third and final colour. In the second scene, Old Rose on the dresser and textured plaster wall, oak on the floor and table, and touches of white on the painted Wardley chairs that combine with grey in the Burford rug form a considered palette of four. And in the third Henley kitchen scene, monochrome alone would fall too flat, but by using wood as the third accent colour – whose brown base informed the choice of an exposed brick wall – it binds the three colours.