Good Question: Painted Furniture for a Modern Space?

Good Question: Painted Furniture for a Modern Space?

Janel Laban
May 23, 2007

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.

In fact, we think that classic modern pieces, with their pared down shapes often are the best candidate for a paint treatment - the added impact of color really works on clean, simple-lined furniture. Parsons tables are often shown in color, for example.

Readers: Any advice on painted furniture for modern homes? Shops? Inspiration photos? Pieces you like or own? DIY do's and don'ts? Let us know in the comments below...

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