We live in a decor age whereby wooden furniture has been loved and almost loathed in equal measures, some preferring it in its natural, raw state, whilst others will chalk paint or gloss everything in their path. I suppose when it comes to 1980s orange pine I don’t really blame them, however I do think there are some beautiful woods out there that should be left as they are to shine out as a statement piece in their own right. A perfect example is the walnut and glass china cabinet I have at home that originally belonged to my Great-Grandmother which I simply adore for the way it is. Ms Annie Sloan ain’t getting her hands on that baby!!
Essentially, the choice as to whether you paint a piece of furniture or not mostly boils down to your personal style preference; if you love the French country look then an oversized armoire painted in a dusky hue of Paris Grey will undoubtedly look the part in your home, just as a set of mismatched dining chairs painted in pretty pastel shades or an old china cabinet in a slick of bright green paint will guarantee a vintage style lover that quirky, eclectic look she’s after. Personally, I love wood for the warmth and character that it imbues, but painted pieces can add individuality and a sense of fun, too. And as I’ve shown before now, sometimes there’s a fine line between a trip to the dump and a gorgeously upcycled piece of furniture you can feel a little bit proud of!
For the purpose of this post, it’s all about renewing our love for wood, be it teak, walnut, mahogany or, dare I say it, pine… check out these awesome interiors for ways to work that wood baby…
I love the warmth of this wooden chest of drawers set against the white walls. What a novel addition to a kitchen!
Image source: My Scandinavian Home
This gorgeous wood dining table is complemented by the painted white bench in the background – proof that the two finishes can co-exist happily! It has an industrial look and feel, but with plenty of warmth.
Image source: Pinterest
This mid-century sideboard just pops against the whitewashed exposed brick and leaving it in its natural state allows the little features to stand out, such as the splayed legs and cute circle cutout drawer pulls. I have always loved monochrome with warm teak – it just works.
Image source: Decor Facil
This next one is a love it or hate it scenario. I personally think changing the knobs out has lifted an otherwise pretty dull pine chest of drawers and prettified it somewhat. I would maybe have opted for clear glass knobs, myself, though.
Image source: Design Sponge
For a touch of old school charm, nothing quite does it like an antique glass cabinet. Perfect to warm up and add richness and depth to an all white or soft grey scheme. Love it being used in the bathroom for linen storage, but you’d need to keep it pretty tidy in there!!
Image source: Christopher Burns Interiors
Another example of wood teamed with painted wood… loving the retro vibe of these chairs within a modern kitchen.
Image source: Pinterest
Touches of wood, especially on midcentury style pieces, can add a nice relaxed, bohemian feel to a room. Always be sure to add in pops of greenery and a good sized woven rug to pull everything together.
Image source: Decouvrir Design
So, what are your thoughts on wooden furnishings? Do you itch for that tin of chalk paint or do you embrace wood for its natural beauty and only reserve the paint for those pieces that are in definite need of a facelift to save them from the skip?! I would love to hear your thoughts!
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