Hot or Not? Ultra Distressed Interiors

Hot or Not? Ultra Distressed Interiors

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Ronee Saroff
Dec 11, 2009

Everywhere we look these days, we see peeling paint, exposed wallpaper, and crumbling plaster. And we're not even renovating. Whether you call it "Rustic Chic" (House Beautiful), "Treasured" (Sherwin-Williams), or "Byzantine" (Pantone), one thing is clear: Old is new again.

How do you keep your place from feeling like a construction zone? The key is to make it look intentional. The most successful spaces in this style contrast their distressed walls, floors, and ceilings with either sleek, modern furnishings and clean, crisp linens or draw attention to the imperfections with highly ornate accessories such as chandeliers and gilded frames.

Of course, there are practical implications, especially for those living with children, pets, or allergies. But where is the line between treasure and neglect? When it comes to exposing your home's history, how far back would you go?

Images: Bjorn/House of Pictures, Simon Brown Photography, Rough Luxe Hotel

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