Start with a clean empty piece of furniture with good bones. Spread out an old sheet, remove all the handles and knobs and get to work:
- Liming or bleaching furniture gives it a weathered, Swedish look. We like it in contrast to more modern, sculptural and bright pieces (a limed desk with an orange chair) or, in its natural habitat, with slipcovered sofas, antiques and rustic finds.
- Paint is the easiest way to go. For a sleek built-in look, match your furniture paint to your wall paint. For a modern look, try a high gloss bright -- orange, bright blue, yellow or lime green.
- Stripping and then re-staining a piece is one option. Use a wood coloured stain or try something in a colour
- A photo makes a unique statement. It's a look we fell in love with when we saw it used in a designer Mary McDonald's office, covering a filing cabinet.
- Mirroring your furniture is another option and creates a sleek look that fits into modern, antique or Hollywood Regency-style interiors.
Too much work? Try at least changing out your furnture's hardware, swapping in a new cushion, or moving it to a new place in your home.