I think you know by now I’m a fan of painting furniture. If you’re new here, and maybe you don’t know, check out here & here. Trust – I’m a fan. I love DIY, I support anyone being inspired to create their version of beauty in their home.
Ready? I think wood furniture is beautiful. Let me clarify: I think beautiful wood furniture is beautiful. There’s cheaply made, zero value wood furniture that can become completely different and absolutely amazing with paint. In fact, the only hope for anything 80’s oak is to be painted. But then there’s pieces that are exquisitely worn and patina’d, solidly constructed and finely detailed.
I’m not suggesting that it has to be fine or expensive antiques, or even authentically anything to be beautiful. But there’s so much more than just pallet wood and weathered barn wood that is beautiful. There are magnificent old pieces that can be found in thrift stores, consignments stores, craigslist, etc. for almost nothing.
Most ‘styles’, even contemporary, blend beautifully with vintage/antiques/repro’s. In fact, I believe that most spaces are better with the inclusion of wood.
A juxtaposition – means “to place two or more things together, especially in order to suggest a link between them or emphasize the contrast between them”
Incorporating beautiful wood pieces into your home with whatever your predominant style is will create a ‘harmonious tension’ – an appealing discord that is interesting and compelling. Pair modern lamps or graphic upholstery with your wood piece to tie it to the rest of the space if it’s got a modern vibe…Or use the piece in a different way than it was intended – a dresser in an entry, a desk beside the bed.
This marriage of styles creates a unified appearance without feeling stiff – instead, the space looks meaningful and lovingly collected. The mix is right if it truly feels like an expression of you – quirky or formal, traditional or boho – whatever ‘you’ is.
So, I’m simply suggesting we not forget about the warmth and beauty adds to a space. There’s a character, a charm, an elegance. An appeal that transcends any particular ‘style’ – it’s simply grace and sophistication. Wood adds a texture and a depth, an ambience that is comfortable, inviting, and distinctive.
Mix painted pieces with wood pieces – create your spaces with a panache that’s all your own. Don’t be concerned with the pieces ‘matching’ each other or other woods in the room – just let it be dignified and distinguished in its own way.
So let’s leave some wood as is, shall we? You don’t need a ‘discerning eye’ to hunt down pieces with character and style that speak to you. Don’t paint something that already has gorgeous style and personality, that tells the story of its history – just because that’s “the thing” right now. Embrace and love beautiful wood, and enjoy the warmth it adds and the story it tells.
**I’ve linked to photo sources of these beautiful spaces where ever I could locate it; if I’ve neglected to link to a source you identify, please let me know.