Truth be told, I'm not a fan of brown and wood. I grew up and still live in an old house with floors and walls of dark red wood with heavy wood furnishings and despite the large, open windows, it always felt a little gloomy and cramped inside. I blame all that lumber. For this reason I've disliked ornate wood furniture, the kind that a lot of Filipinos like to put in their houses with complete disregard of scale, proportion and overall aesthetics. You know the hardwood faux-antique chairs with the pearl inlays you probably once had in your own home? Ugh, I hated those.
It's not that wood itself is the root of all these problems. In fact, it's very versatile and can work with almost all styles. When done right, the use of wood can be an excellent way to add texture, dimension and warmth to a room. Pale wood in particular, typically used in Scandinavian-inspired interiors, can impart a sense of calmness. Also, we have to account for the visual weight wood has; dark wood like wenge appears heavier and look like they take up more space than light ones such as birch. This is why our house begets feelings of claustrophobia; the dark red furniture looks cumbersome and thus feels like so.
Personally, I think wood is best when a bit weathered and juxtaposed with concrete and steel to offset the rusticity, in a bleached finish, of course. Or why not try giving it a uneven, thin coat of white paint for that shabby chic look?
Ingenious material wood is, isn't it? Just don't forget to watch out for the termites.