The fine art of painted furniture is in demand, now more than ever. Designers use painted furniture as a tool to bring personality to a space to create the one of a kind style their clients are searching for.
In case you missed it, Architectural Digest posted a very cool article, The Fine Art Of Painted Furniture. We were psyched to jump on board with some of our hand painted samples to help designers bring a pop of personality to a space.
We love seeing the flatlay photos of designer story boards and thought it would be fun to pull out our samples and show them off. Follow the links to the designer pages to see the final rooms.
This is how we used some of those samples as finished (or almost finished) projects. Each piece is like a blank canvas for designers to add the fine art of painted furniture.
Art Of Painted Furniture Finishes
These unusual mirror frames were designed by Iantha Carley. She asked for a pretty shagreen faux finish in gray-green. You have to imagine the sparkle of the mirror against the leather-like shagreen finish. It was fun to see something other than the expected wood graining on the frames.
The mirrors were hung as a group which gave them an even stronger impact. Check out Iantha’s Great Falls project to see the mirrors installed.
A beautifully painted piece of furniture can really be the artwork in a room. Malachite is a particularly beautiful finish that we’ve tried in many different colors. But this traditional green malachite for a DC Design House fundraiser was pretty spectacular. The room colors were subtle except for this pop of color that pulled guests into the room. Head over to Marika Meyer Interiors to see the finished dining room.
The fine art of furniture can be as hip and funky as your tattoo or a tag of graffiti art. Danziger Design took a step in that direction with this dining room sideboard. Instead of following convention and painting the sideboard with an expected finish with detailing just on the architecture of the piece, Wendy agreed to whomp up the pattern scale and splash it across the entire piece for an elegant modern style. Check out more of Danziger Design dining rooms here.
Add Patina with Gesso
Gesso is like a chalk texture that adds interest and age to the art of painted furniture. You’ll see it a lot in traditional fine art. It’s a great way to take a brand new piece and give it the luster of an antique. Gesso is the perfect meium to imply layers of paint for a Swedish or Gustavian finish, like these pieces for Marika Meyer Interiors. Click here to see them installed.
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