Ready to Paint, But What Color?
January 20, 2012
Anther great reader question this week, and one I’ve had a couple of times before. My mantra has always been if you don’t like an old tired piece of furniture you own, then paint it! Lots of people share that idea and want to reinvent their furniture with a coat paint but like Mina, they get stuck on deciding what color to choose.
“I would like some advice on some pieces of furniture for my bedroom. I am new at this and really don’t know where to start. For my bedroom I’d love some color mixed with black, grey, and white. I want to mix in new pieces of furniture (like a headboard) with old/repainted night stands and an old chest. What color do you think I should paint them? Should I brush paint or spray paint? Any thoughts or ideas you have would be greatly appreciated.” ~ Mina
The answer is completely subjective and depends on so many factors, your favorite colors, the space itself, and of course the style of the piece of furniture. I like to think of it this way. If you’re looking for a piece that will harmonize with other players in the room then choose a classic or more neutral color, like cream, gray, or black, and then pull color into the space with your wall paint, textiles, and accessories. But if you’re looking for a showstopper, or one that will be a focal point and be more dominant in the space, then by all means, choose a brighter color.
There’s a great source of inspiration for painted furniture and a site I absolutely love. I wrote about Somerset Bay two years ago, and I find their entire collection so inspiring, every color is spot on.
Take a peek at a few of their classic neutrals …
These colorful pieces are all so gorgeous too . . .
All images via Somerset Bay
What we’re seeing more and more, especially on blogs, is real people being more confident with their color choices on furniture, and I love it! For even more images of boldly painted furniture, visit my Color Inspiration file on Pinterest, it’s filled with many inspiring pieces to give you plenty of ideas!
Finally Mina, there are three basic ways for you to paint those endtables and/or that bedroom chest. You can brush paint, spray paint, or use Annie Sloan chalk paint, all three yield beautiful results. New hardware or knobs is another way to add color and personality too, so enjoy the creative process of transforming your piece!
What about all of you? How do you go about making the decision of what color you should paint a piece of furniture in your home? Have you chosen a bold color and loved it? Or do you opt for classic black, white, or neutrals?