You may have noticed that some furniture makers are starting to offer more pieces that are painted. While painted furniture is not necessarily a new trend, it has mostly been reserved for homes that have a country style or modern style. That seems to be changing as more traditional and even European pieces are taking on more colors.
The right touch
A colorful furniture piece could be just the thing to set off a kitchen, living area, or bedroom, but you want to choose carefully. Before you go out and buy a painted piece of furniture, you should look at the other elements that are already in the room. If you have a lot of color present, you could be courting disaster by adding a painted piece unless you choose a color that complements them. For a room that does not boast a lot of color, a furniture piece that has been painted could bring the right amount of flavor, turning the space into something that is unique and different.
When you think of a piece of furniture that has been painted, you are probably thinking of bold colors such as red, orange, or maybe black. However the pieces that are currently being showcased range in a wide variety that includes a mint green, sky blue, yellow, turquoise, and pink. For example, I recently saw a lovely china cabinet with carved motifs and it was a pale green color. It looked really great with a honey maple dining room table and chairs. The green of the piece was echoed in linen used on the table and in the artwork on the walls.
If you like a bright sunshine yellow, you may love this idea. Picture a large bookcase that has been painted yellow, standing in a room that is mostly white with black accents. The yellow bookcase is clearly the center point for the room and adds sufficient color so that any other yellow in the room only needs to be minimum—if you use any at all.
Colorful furniture can be a great way to redecorate a room. Let’s say that your oldest child has recently married and you want to turn that, now empty room, into a charming home office or perhaps a small reading room. However, you are not sure where to begin. Well, you could start by finding a colored set of furniture that you like, or a large, single piece, and then use it as the starting point for the room. For instance, you fall in love with a traditional looking European styled desk that is royal blue in color. Use that piece to dictate the other pieces you buy—you could go with a nautical style to the room, add rich colors for a more formal look, or pick another color and create a room based on colors instead of a particular design style.
There is something inspiring about a painted piece of furniture. Somehow, it becomes more personal to you than a piece that has a traditional wood finish and allows you to express your personality. In, fact after finding a piece you love, you may decide to redecorate, using that piece as your creative muse.
Do you think a painted furniture piece is a nice touch in a room? Why or why not?