Design Tip: Weathered Painted Finishes
Both driftwood and white washed furniture finishes are gaining popularity and demand in today’s decorating trends. Whether it is a modern living room, or a rustic dining room, these finishes fit in everywhere. The “washed” look is made by using a watered down and thinned paint, so that when it is applied, the natural wood grain will show through. It is a perfect solution for those who want to see the texture and character of a hardwood piece, but aesthetically want to incorporate painted pieces, versus stained, into their decor. Here is a close up example of what these treatments may look like:
The beauty of both of these finishes is that they act as a neutral tone that you can build an entire room around. Here are two examples of how to put together a fashionable look using these foundation finishes!
In the whitewash dining room, the soft blue tones of the rug and throw pillows accent the crisp, clean white finishes beautifully. Everything has an ethereal quality that makes it stylish and fresh. The coral artwork adds a hint of ocean life for a unique coastal element.
1. Seafan Hand Painted Canvases 24″ x 24″ $720 s/4 | 2. Reims Chandelier 25″ Round x 22″H $620 | 3. Shoreline Slipcovered Parson Chair Grade A Fabric $395 | 4. Shoreline Hammock Spa Throw Pillow Grade E Fabric, 18″ x 18″ $100 | 5. Trimaran Stripe Throw Pillow 18″ x 18″ $58 | 6. Woodmere Dining Table 48″ Round x 30″H, Raw Cotton Finish $1,860 | 7. Cleo Blue In/Out Rug 5′ x 8′ $570
The driftwood wash has a slightly warmer effect and is accented here with taupe and cream for a cohesive look. The pearl white rug is a great way to keep the overall look light and airy, and is one of the softest rugs out there. A true pleasure for bare feet.
1. Mother of Pearl Table Lamp 28″H $250 | 2. Southhampton Console Table Shell Grey $1,530 | 3. Santa Ana Spool Chair Grade 5 Fabric, Driftwood Wash Frame $1,510 | 4. Summer House Clearwater Upholstered Sofa Grade 5 Fabric, Latte Finish Legs $1,900 | 5. Cut Stripe Ivory Hand Knotted Rug 8′ x 10′ $1,518 | 6. Kerr Coffee Table 36″ x 24″ x 18″H, Clay Medium Rub $750
This look is sweeping across decorating magazines, pinterest and furniture stores, and is one that is more than just a trend. It is a classic style that is here to stay. Do you have any “washed” pieces in your home? If so, please share!
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