I received this great question from Tamara recently:
'I love your blog and have learned so much about undertones and choosing colors. We've all noticed the plethora of painted wood furniture lately. At first I thought it was just a trend and that dark wood will be back, but I'm not sure anymore. What do you think? I have a house full of beautiful furniture, but all in dark wood tones. I'm thinking of painting a few pieces white, but don't want to do it if the light painted wood trend is on its way out.
Would welcome your opinion, and I bet I'm not the only one stumped by this!'
Here is the short answer:
If you look at any well decorated interior there is usually a mixture of painted wood in addition to dark or light wood tones. If you hired a designer to decorate your entire house with custom furniture you would probably have a selection of wood and painted finishes.
Just like if you hired a designer to decorate your master bedroom they would not help you buy a matched set of five pieces. You might have two painted end tables, along with an upholstered bed with a stained wood dresser and chair and so on.
If you have a matched bedroom, dining room or coffee table set, painting your end tables, coffee table or dining chairs either white or a colour will instantly inject a more collected look and feel to the room!
Which piece in your house is calling out to be painted?
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