A question from Wister5: "I've noticed the trend for using painted furniture as color accents in a room lately. Do you think this can be incorporated in a home with a modern flair, or is it strictly still too country/craftsman?" We think the key is the finish...the shabby-chic rubbed finish, peeling paint or distressed look would not work as well as a high-gloss lacquer type of paint job. We'd go for as slick and polished a finish as possible to avoid the country/craftsman connotation. We love the look of colorfully painted furniture and feel it works wonderfully in a modern room. We choose the image of the blue console above, from Red Egg, because we think it is a great example of how powerful color can be - especially in a pared down white space. A basic expandable table becomes something totally fresh when done up in a paint finish, like this example from Maine Cottage.