Reader Question: “One thing that is not clear to me… with the colors trending from brown, beige, cream to grey, black, white, how do you incorporate grey, black and white when the furniture is wood (cherry, mahogany, whatever)? Do you just ignore the wood color? I’m guessing you’ll say no. Do you paint the wood (my husband is frightened by this thought – yes I read your post about that)? There must be some way to keep the classic wood and marry in the grey, black and white. A blog post about this dilemma would be helpful.’
This is such a great question and here are the guidelines I would use when deciding which furniture to keep, paint or give away.
First, the answer is yes, you can absolutely keep the wood stained furniture you currently own. In fact, unless you can afford to completely redecorate every 10 years when the next trend hits, I would probably buy only one or two pieces (depending on how big or elaborate your house is of course), repeat the colour on the walls (below) which is easy to change, and you’ll be right on trend.
If your furniture pieces do not have classic lines, for example a 70s dresser that is not doing anything for your space – gray trend or brown trend, it doesn’t matter. If you walk into a room like this and all you see is an old piece of furniture that doesn’t coordinate well with the newer pieces you have, painting it will give it a whole new life.
Even two unrelated and totally clashing pieces can be unified if you paint them both the same colour.
Have a great weekend my lovelies! xo Maria
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