Veneer Effects in Marquetry

Below is a list of many of the most common veneers used in marquetry, an example of their color, and ideas for the types of things they can represent. It's important to remember, however, that not all pieces of a specific kind of veneer will look the same in regard to color and pattern.

While the list below is a helpful resource, don't be afraid to try using different types of veneers you prefer to achieve the effect you are looking for.
Aspen - Cream to Pink
Costumes, drapery, sky, window waster
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Beech - Cream to Pink
Ocean beaches, mountains, stonework
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Bubinga - Pink/Red Stripes
Floral, foreground, mountains, roof, wall
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Cherry - Pink to Biscuit
Fences, roads, sky, stonework
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Harewood - Silver Gray to Black
Costumes, mountains, snow scenes, water
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Lacewood - Pink to Biscuit
Foreground, rocks, stonework
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Maple - Cream to Pink
Fields, floral, mountains, portraits, rocks, sky
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Paduak - Red to Dark Red
Costume, floral, planks, portraits, roofs
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Prima Vera - Yellow to Gold
Beaches, costumes, floral, sky effects
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Rosewood - Orange to Brown to Purple
Drapery, foreground, mountains, roofs, tree trunks
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Sycamore - White to Cream to Light Brown
Door, fences, foreground, portraits, sand, sky effects, snow scenes
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Walnut - Light/Medium Brown to Purple
Distant hills, foreground, mountains, shadows, tree trunks, wooden subjects
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Avodire - Yellow to Gold
Distant fields, floral subjects, sky
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Birch - White to Cream to Pink
Floral, portraits, sky, water
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Cedar - Cream to Pink
Costumes, doors, roof, sky
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Ebony - Dark Brown to Black
Planks, rocks, shadows, tree trunks
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Holly - White
Floral, sails, snow scenes
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Mahogany - Light to Dark Red
Costumes, distant fields, floral, portraits, shadows
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Oak (White) - Biscuit to Light Tan
Borders, fences, mid-distance fences, walls
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Oak (Red) - Cream to Pink
Drapery, floral, rocks, sky, snow, water
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Pearwood - Biscuit to Light Red
Drapery, floral, portraits, shadows
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Purple Heart - Purple Brown
Costumes, hills, roofs, walls
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Satinwood - Yellow to Gold
Ocean beaches, corn fields, drapery, floral
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Teak - Gold to Light Brown
Fences, fields, mountains, rocks, tree trunks
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Wenge - Dark Brown
Fences, planks, tree trunks
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