According to Better Homes and Garden, light-colored paints work best with cherry wood and other dark colored woods. Some suggested colors are cream, white, tan, pale yellow or light blues and greens.
When dark-colored woods are placed in a room with light-colored walls, the contrast is quite dramatic. This color combination draws attention to the furniture pieces. Modern decorating standards are copacetic with non-matching wood pieces.
Furniture should be arranged in an orderly fashion in order to keep the room from appearing too overcrowded. This can be achieved by putting large pieces next to each to create uniformity while opening up additional space.