It's impossible to flip through a home-decor magazine, read a design blog or scroll through Pinterest without noticing furniture painted in bright neutrals or bold pops of color.
It’s impossible to flip through a home-decor magazine, read a design blog or scroll through Pinterest without noticing furniture painted in bright neutrals or bold pops of color.
“A painted piece of furniture is a small element that can add a lot of drama to a room,” explained Aynsley Mahoney, executive interior designer and owner of Cottage Chic.
From turquoise headboards to green media cabinets, painted furniture is taking hold in American homes.
You can find painted pieces for every room in the house as well as the backyard.
The trend extends beyond bold shades. Painted furniture is also available in neutral tones such as gray, white and navy. Use these hues to lighten up heavier furniture or add a touch of sophistication to a room.
Whether you choose a vibrant palette or muted tones, the trend is a chic way to fill your home with furnishings that reflect your style — and the options are endless.
Using painted furniture in neutral tones keeps a traditional design on trend, while bolder color choices create a more modern look. For a balance of traditional and modern, Mahoney suggested choosing a big piece in a neutral color and painting the trim in a bright or contrasting hue.
“A bookcase always makes a statement when the interior is painted in an unexpected color,” she said.
There is another reason that painted furniture makes a statement: It makes outdated pieces seem new again. With a fresh coat of paint, a vintage castoff can become the focal point of the room.
Laura Casey, an interior designer in Charlotte, N.C., likes to incorporate at least one piece of painted furniture in each project that she takes on through her business, Laura Casey Interiors.
She has purchased new painted pieces and has refinished furniture that her clients already owned, giving them an updated look.
“Incorporating painted furniture is a great way to update a room without spending a lot of money,” Casey said. “Refreshing an older piece of furniture is a big trend right now.”
The trend isn’t limited to do-it-yourself enthusiasts. National retailers are presenting pieces in colors ranging from neutrals to “notice-me” shades for every room in the house. You’ll find a range of different styles at places such as Ethan Allen, World Market, Ikea, Bassett Furniture and Target.
Casey said retailers have embraced the trend because it can give consumers the look of custom furniture at an affordable price.
It’s best to stick with one or two pieces of painted furniture in a room, Casey said. For the biggest effect, mix and match painted furniture with upholstered pieces, natural woods, glass and metal finishes. A range of finishes adds a lot of interest to a room.
“Even though more people want to incorporate bright colors into their homes, you have to be careful not to go overboard,” she said. “Painted furniture, especially when it’s in a color that makes you feel good, is great as an accent piece.”