Whitewashed Furniture is the Finishing Touch for All Layered Home Needs
Elizabeth Pash, designer and owner of Elizabeth Pash Interiors & Antiques, shares his tips for buying antiques and vintage. Today, she is looking at an alternative to “brown” antiques: bleached wood furniture.
The whitewashed furniture ‘trend’ has been prevalent in the home decor world for many years, but with supply chain delays causing more people than ever to consider vintage options, it’s worth it. to be seen again. While I personally never tire of quality “brown” furniture and traditional antiques, an entire room – or even worse, an entire house – of brown pieces is just too good. Our eyes need variety and balance. Taking a piece of brown furniture, whether it’s a dining chair, dining table or whatever, and whitewashing it transforms a room into something a little more contemporary and fresh. . This treatment can often better accentuate the lines and details of the piece. Carefully chosen, these pieces give the space interest, variety and depth.
Not so long ago, the trend was to have all the furniture in the room “matching”. A traditional mahogany English dining table was to be surrounded by traditional mahogany dining chairs, in a room with a traditional mahogany sideboard and a traditional mahogany front. But those days are long gone. One piece is so much more interesting with a variety of finishes. So why not mix things up by pairing a whitewashed dining table with mahogany chairs, or vice versa? One goes better with the other.
One of my favorite pieces in my shop is a mahogany bookcase in a bleached finish. I had the interior painted blue to add some fun. Although traditionally shaped, the whitewashed finish gives it a fresh, more contemporary feel.
As with other interior design elements, a little goes a long way. Just like I don’t like a room of brown furniture, a room filled with only whitewashed furniture is too much. The magic is in the mix!
Do you feel inspired? Here are some of my favorite examples of bleached wood furniture that I have found on my travels:
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