Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"My" Top Ten Elements of Design # 5

One of the things that I personally love in a room is a mix of finishes . . . I try to make sure that at least one painted piece is included. I prefer this piece to be a bit worn. It can be a "New" piece, but I want it to look old.


These worn painted pieces just make a room feel like you can relax and put your feet up . . . and if it is the coffee table, you can! You don't have to be so careful, they just make living easy.

I also think your accessories look better on a painted background. They can add the punch of color that may be lacking as well.


I know that you have all heard that every room needs a touch of black . . . that just may be true!


In my own castle, I have at least one painted piece in every room , except my Living Room, however, my dining room and foyer are almost part of that room , only a wooden rail separates the spaces, and I have painted pieces in both the foyer and the dining room. So tell me, how do you feel about "Painted Pieces"?




24 comments:

  1. I think you're totally on target. I aspire to add interest to some rather ordinary pieces of furniture with a touch of paint, but frankly, I'm a bit nervous. Keep putting it off! If only I was confident that they would turn out as lovely as those you have pictured...sigh.

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  2. All of these are lovely. I Like this idea and what a great way to re-purpose.(-: Thanks!

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  3. I love the mix of paint and wood, it keeps it real and honest. I think it makes a house feel like a home.

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  4. Vicky, I agree wholeheartedly. I am always drawn to old paint. Maybe it's just my personal preference speaking here, but a room that is done only in all new finishes and fabrics just seems to lack a soul. I know that we don't all think (and feel) alike, so forgive me if I am too opinionated, but the rooms that seem so attractive in magazines and with top name designers have contrasts of texture and finishes.
    A painted piece adds a lot of intrigue and wondering about its history, its stories and its experiences.

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  5. Love Them!!! Love the desk in the last photo! Oh how I look forward to each of these posts. Thanks Vicky, I'm having so much fun!

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  6. I agree wholeheartedly. I love painted pieces, so why don't I have a painted piece in my dining room or living room? I know why, I'm afraid I will paint it and then wish I hadn't. I get so frustrated with myself sometimes. I love the rooms that you have showcased today, they are all fabulous!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  7. Thanks, again, for the lovely inspiration! I agree! The mix of painted and stained is what works. I LOVE painted wood but a room full of ALL painted pieces could be just as flat as a room full of only stained pieces.

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  8. I love painted finishes on furniture and I totally agree, it looks so fresh and fun added to a room of wooden pieces. Love your examples, Kathysue

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  9. * Am in TOTAL AGREEMENT with you n' the others, Vicky!...

    ...Annnnd, I'm w/ "POINDEXTR" (above) about actually DOING IT... I WANT to, soooo badly, & my common sense tells me that if I "screw it up", maybe that's "a good START!", but I STILLLL have yet to do it... annnd, I don't want "Picasso" (you know him... our every-trusted painter/faux painter) to do it, cuz I want it to be a project ~ MY PROJECT ~ that "I "can be PROUD to say "I did it MYSELF"!!!....

    Ohhhh, but back to actually "STARTING"... now THAT'S the problem! (Maybe I should take up drinking n' "loosen up", & then MAYYYYBE THAT will do the trick!?!?!?! Grins...)...

    Terriffic blog~ terriffic subject today, Sweets!

    XO,
    Linda

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  10. I totally agree! I too have at least one painted piece in each room, some old, some made to look old. I also agree that having at least one darker piece (whether it be black, dark brown or a deep stain wood)helps to anchor a room.

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  11. I love these pieces. I have several. Some I did ,and some I bought. Great post. Kathy

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  12. The wallpaper is stunning in the first photo, and the white and gray comination of colors and textures is amazing in the last photo. Have a wonderful day ~ xox Alexandra

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  13. well ... um ... er ... I just tried climbing thru my screen!!!

    AND if anyone needs something painting ... ring me up

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  14. Love the look of painted pieces with wood.
    I might be biased as I have been doing paint finishes for 15 years...and I am still not tired of the look. As you can imagine, I have a lot of painted things at Blue Creek Home.
    Lovin' your top ten posts.
    Rhonda

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  15. Can't get enough of them!! ;)

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  16. You are brilliant Vicky!Outstanding Elements of designs!Painted pieces are stunning...Such an inspiring ideas and the site as well.Thanks for sharing. :)

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  17. I totally agree, I love a room with mixed pieces.

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  18. We have a dealer at the store who transforms thrift store pieces into treasures with paint. It's amazing what paint can do. I used to be addicted to painting things. Something would come over me and before I knew it, I would be painting something. I have something painted in just about every room, too. Love it to look distressed. My new favorite technique is to rub brown wax over the paint. Have a good weekend!

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  19. I agree with you as well Ms. Vicky. Even if its just a small accessory; 'painted' can add much needed charm and character to what may otherwise may be a boreing piece. -Brenda-

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  20. Oh I so agree with you Vicki...I love a mix of painted furniture...and I love the table in the 2nd photo!!! great post,hope you are well my sweet friend! x0

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  21. Thank you Ms. Vicky. :) -Brenda-

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