When you’re furnishing an office and you want to have a very specific look, color is everything. The color of the wood finish on your furniture can mean the difference between a light, airy office that channels a home-like atmosphere and a rich, traditional office that embodies professionalism and corporate class. The below colors are our most popular wood finishes, but please be warned that what one manufacturer calls cherry or oak may not be the exact same shade as what another manufacturer calls cherry or oak. When matching office furniture from different collections, be sure to first order wood samples from NBF’s complimentary swatch program to compare and contrast what the colors will look like together.

Cherry and Mahogany: Cherry and mahogany wood veneer and laminate are ideal choices for offices that want traditional elegance in their décor. Cherry has the look of wood with a red tint, giving it a vibrant appearance that works well when paired with neutral colors such as black, white and gray. Cherry is available in a variety of shades from light to dark, while mahogany is typically of a darker shade. Both finishes are often complemented by traditional furniture details including crown molding, picture frame paneling and more.


Oak and Walnut: If you prefer a lighter, homier appearance in your office, then oak or walnut may just be the perfect options. These two colors also come in varying shades and can create a more rustic look via the visible wood grains that they exhibit. This gives your office an almost cabin-like appearance. You may also find that, because your oak or walnut office has more of an at-home tone, employees, coworkers and guests may feel more welcomed into the room due to its warm, familiar feel.


Espresso and Mocha: If your office boasts more of a modern or contemporary sense of style, then you may benefit from the addition of espresso or mocha colored furnishings. The deep brown coloration of espresso and mocha desks, filing cabinets and bookcases is often paired with shining metal hardware, lending striking contrast to the dark finish. In order to get the most out of this richly colored furniture, be sure to combine it with lighter elements in your office such as light colored walls and colorful wall art so that you don’t end up with an office set up that is too dark.


Of course, this is only a small sampling of the vast array of colors that we have to offer. No matter if you’re looking to create an office that exudes traditional charm or you want to achieve a sleek, modern look, be sure to consider the color of your new furniture before making your final selection.


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