The Ever-Growing Popularity of Painted Furniture

In recent years, more and more homeowners are turning to painted furniture to brighten up their otherwise plain decor. If your home feels dark, gloomy or just too dull, you can instantly transform its appearance by adding color. Of course this is just one of the many reasons why this type of furniture is so popular. To learn more about it and why so many people are using it in their homes, keep reading.

Decorating with painted furniture creates a vibrant and lively atmosphere, with the casual features so important to those with young children or pets.  And the informal look is in demand when adding to a vacation home or cottage.  Stately mahogany just won’t do for many of us.  Today’s homeowners are seeking out attractive, distinct décor that must be affordable and always a good value.

The fact is that painted furniture opens up a whole new world of decorating possibilities. Painted furniture is not a style in itself, but rather, is the hallmark feature of many popular decorating styles.  Who doesn’t love the bright pastels of Cottage style furniture?  The rustic look of Early American antique-style décor is brightened by the reds, blues and greens so typical of furniture of that period.  Many people love the French Country look of casual, cream-colored pieces coupled with bright accents.  Or smile at the individuality of whimsical hand-painted furniture – sure to be a conversation piece in any room.

Some of the great new small businesses opening up are dealing in vintage finds with remaining traces of the original paint, or taking those pieces and, using a safe and historically accurate chalk paint or milk paint they are restoring and bringing new life to old pieces with character and durability.  Others are creating reproduction pieces and accessories with the accurate colors and detailing of their early American predecessors.

From time to time, we’ll spotlight some of these entrepreneurs and their creations here on our blog.  If you don’t already love the look of casual color, you’ll soon see the appeal, for the versatility of painted furniture and accessories is truly timeless.

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