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Paint Color Decor Trends 2018: Bold Strong Jewels and Spice

For 2018 paint color trends, some paint companies have opted for bold and strong colors as their 2018 Color of the Year. I recently blogged about the Nautical Greens and Blues as Colors of the Year chosen by some paint companies, but there is a whole other rainbow of colors out there too! These include spicy red and jeweled purple, and even deep black.

Benjamin Moore Caliente red dining room

Nobody is expected to redecorate just to incorporate the annual Colors of the Year, but it’s good to see the new color picks and think about how they might enliven our own decor, even just in accents and details.

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Caliente AF-290, is a strong and radiant red that provides an injection of energy. Red is a traditional color for a dining room as it is said to stimulate appetite.

The color also gives a sense of warmth and drama to this bathroom. We can imagine Caliente working beautifully in a traditional home, but it would also look clean and strong in a contemporary interior design scheme too.

Benjamin Moore Caliente in Bathroom

Pantone has gone purple crazy with its 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet.

Pantone Ultra Violet Color of the Year

In interiors, this expressive color can create an Old World intense cocoon mood if used on multiple walls, or it can conjure up a romantic Boho feel. In a modern interior it could look dramatic and a little bit edgy. It will certainly draw attention to itself, whether used as a wall color or as an accent in furniture or throw cushions and drapes.

Deep Onyx Color of the Year

Glidden opted for the dark charcoal grey tone called Deep Onyx as its Color of the Year.  The color looks crisp and clean in a modern setting, especially paired with white. But, as with the Ultra Violet color, we can also see it as a great choice for a traditional home that wants to evoke an Old World feel. Picture it creating a slightly Dickensian London look in a library or masculine home office!  It is a good idea to hang sizeable art or other decorative elements on the walls to punctuate the Deep Onyx color, otherwise too large an expanse of black could look heavy. The dining room above does a great job with the white plates hanging on the wall. In a traditional room you could hang gilt framed artwork.

What do you think of these bold and strong colors? Do you have colors like this in your home? We’d love to see photos!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Paint Color Decor Trends 2018: Nautical Greens and Blues

For 2018 paint color trends, many of the big paint companies have opted for beautiful nautical greens and bold blues as wall as cooler blues. These colors that have been chosen as the 2018 Colors of the Year will look terrific in a nautical style decor or for a beach or coastal home, as you can see from the photos below. Of course, nobody is going to redecorate just to be fashionable with the new paint color trends! But as blue and green are always popular paint colors, it’s interesting to see these rich shades to check out if they might shake up some of our home decor ideas!

Sherwin Williams Oceanside

Sherwin-Williams selected Oceanside as their 2018 Color of the Year. This is  lovely jeweled  blue with a hint of green. This marine blue green would obviously look terrific in a coastal home or in any interior design scheme that has a nautical or beech feel. It would work with any kind of home decor style, from a cozy Traditional library to a Mid-Century Modern living room to a Mediterranean style dining room or Contemporary bedroom.

Dunn_Edwards_The Green Hour

Dunn-Edwards also opted for a moody shade of blue-green called The Green Hour as its 2018 Color of the Year. This cozy tone will work well in an Art Deco home, according to Dunn-Edwards, and they recommend pairing it with typical Art Deco contrast tones such as rose pink and light cool gray. For a Craftsman era look, the contrast tones would be chocolate brown, beige, mustard or rust.

Behr In the Moment paint

Behr chose a lighter and cooler shade of greenish spruce blue in its 2018 Color of the Year: In the Moment. This refined but relaxed color looks very versatile for a room where you want a hint of color without feeling overwhelmed by it. It creates a serene look. Again, it would look terrific in a nautical style decor or for a breezy coastal look.

Pratt and Lambert Paint Heron

Pratt & Lambert Paints announced Heron as the brand’s 2018 Color of the Year. This is a deep midnight blue, intended to inspire a sense of tranquility and sanctuary. It makes quite a statement, so some people would prefer to keep it for an accent wall or perhaps to paint an alcove or other architectural detail. A crisp white or elegant gray will work well with Heron, and we can also imagine how great it would look with metallic accents such as a brass vintage chandelier or silver or bronze vases.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Repurposed Antique Furniture: The Old Becomes New

Some of our customers have been very creative in the way they’ve repurposed antique furniture they bought from us. When you buy a piece of antique furniture, that piece was lovingly hand-crafted for a specific use. Perhaps it was made as an armoire or a nightstand or a buffet or server, but there is no reason that you can’t use it for a very different purpose.

Repurposed Antique Furniture: French nightstand in the kitchenLifestyles have changed over a century, so our home decor and storage needs have changed too. But our love for beautifully made and hand-carved furniture doesn’t change! So one of my favorite tips for incorporating stunning antique furniture into your home is to think creatively!

Here are some examples from our customers, starting with this terrific French antique nightstand that our customer Kathleen in Oklahoma used as a kitchen side table. The nightstand in the Henry II style dates to 1900 and the walnut marquetry and turned legs are nicely set off by the gray marble top. It gives Kathleen extra storage space in the drawer and cabinet and display space on the marble top and the lower shelf. Read more about this Creative New Use for Antique Nightstand in my previous blog post.

Repurposed  Antique French NightstandSarah in Seattle also saw the potential in an antique nightstand. She turned this fabulous antique French Renaissance Hunting style nightstand into a side table in her living room. Sarah said “We love it!” We agree!

An antique nightstand makes a wonderful end table, side table, accent table or plant stand. The cupboard and the drawer offer storage for small items and the two levels are perfect for extra display or storage.

The decorative appeal of the carved nightstand with its twist posts and marble tops is hard to beat! See more photos of Sarah’s living room with the repurposed antique French nightstand.

Erin wanted a pretty antique bed for her new home in Colorado, but she also wanted a queen size bed and the one she liked on our EuroLuxHome.com antiques online store was a full size bed. It is typical for antique beds to be smaller in size than our beds are today, but we can often convert the bed frame to a larger size. That’s exactly what we did for Erin!

French Antique Bed Converted in size

This is the final result. The antique French Hunting style bed that Erin chose is converted to a queen size bed. It dates to about 1900 and it is opulently  carved in beautifully aged wood. See more photos of the converted antique French Hunting Bed in my earlier blog post.

repurposed Antique French Brittany BuffetOur customer May in Florida ordered a French antique Brittany buffet and an antique Brittany bed from us for her delightful 14th floor Pensacola home.

May contacted me to ask if we could have the Brittany buffet altered to accommodate a TV for viewing in her bedroom. We were delighted to oblige!

See the full blog post showing May’s bedroom suite and how we repurposed the antique French Brittany buffet into a useful TV cabinet for May.

 

repurposed Antique French Provincial Armoire repurposed

Our customers Paul and Lane in South Carolina bought this gorgeous antique French Provincial armoire from us to repurpose into a unique gun cabinet. They were looking for a nice piece of antique furniture that they could use to store Paul’s gun collection. Lane liked the decorative carving on the 1890 Normandy style armoire. She also liked the mirrored doors that would hide the gun collection while giving her a wonderful full-length mirror in the master bedroom. Read more about the repurposed antique French armoire.

If you have repurposed a piece of antique furniture, we would love to hear about it! Tell us in the comments box below.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Top 10 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2017: Part 2

In my last blog post I gave you a roundup of the first of our top home decor and antiques blog posts of 2017. Here’s Part 2 with the remaining five of our top 10 posts from last year. It’s been interesting remembering some of the things we talked about in 2017 – we hope you enjoy seeing the highlights too!

6. Antique French Hunting Nightstand Transformed to Side Table

Antique French Hunting Nightstand cabinetAs part of our series of client spotlights, I told you about our creative customer Sarah K, in Seattle, WA, who bought an antique French Hunting nightstand from us to use in the living room rather than the bedroom! The French Renaissance Hunting style nightstand looks terrific repurposed as a side table in her living room and it provides useful storage space. See more photos and the full story in the Antique French Hunting Nightstand blog post.

7. Vintage Louis XV Vanity Chest of Drawers: Race Against Time

Vintage French Vanity

We had a fun delivery job when Interior designer Debbie bought this pretty vintage Louis XV marble-top vanity chest of drawers with mirror for her client in Sarasota, FL. Greg and I had a race against time to drive down and deliver the 1930 vintage French Rococo mahogany chest of drawers to the customer’s guest room before a guest arrived to visit! But we made it in time and the chest with the beautiful white marble top looks perfect. See more photos of the stunning house and the vintage vanity in the Louis XV Vanity Chest of Drawers blog post.

8. The Craft of Distressed Furniture

Jonathan Charles distressed deskSometimes our customers want new pieces that just look old. We have plenty of beautiful antique-inspired furniture that is newly crafted but with an aged and distressed look, so we are happy to help out! In my blog post Distressed Furniture I explained what to look out for when buying newly distressed furniture and how some of our furniture makers work their magic to achieve their distressed furniture finishes. I followed up with posts on the casual appeal of weathered furniture and the beauty of verdigris and rusted metal decor.

9. Timeless Regency Style

Regency style Decor

Regency style remains popular in furniture and home design as it is so classic and beautiful to live with.

We have many antique-inspired pieces in our online furniture store that draw on the Regency style and I know how much our customers admire the look, even if they don’t have a grand hallway like the one in the photo!

So, as part of our blog post series called Learn History and Styles, I wrote about the Timeless Majesty of Regency Style Furniture, explaining the origins and the key design elements to look for.

10. Antiques Buying Trip in France, England and Belgium

Lincoln Medieval townWe had a wonderful adventure this year with one of our antiques buying trips to Europe. We took our blog readers along for the ride too, to see the treasures we found and to see the sights!

We did quite a lot of driving around several countries and we did a very great deal of packing and unpacking various vans and containers.

Antiques shopping in France

By the end of this trip, we could compete in the Olympics, if the Olympics had an event to pack as many antiques as possible in the smallest possible space!

If you don’t believe me, check out the post on buying vintage chandeliers in Belgium, where Greg showed off his mad truck packing skills to fit 85 chandeliers in the back of one van.

These are some of the other blog posts about the antiques buying trip in Europe, and we hope you enjoy seeing the photos of the places as well as the antiques we found:

Where the antiques hideAntiques Buying Trip in France

Antiques Hunting in Normandy

Finding Antique English Grandfather Clocks

Antique Religious Treasures in Belgium

Antiques Hunting around the fabulously beautiful Lincoln Cathedral in England

Well, I guess I cheated a little there by sneaking in the other posts on the buying trip, but it is hard to pick just one from the entire adventure!

We are looking forward to another adventurous year and we hope that you have a wonderful 2018 too!

If you missed Part 1 of our top 10 antiques and home decor blog posts of 2017, you can see the other five at the link.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Top 10 Antiques and Home Decor Blog Posts 2017: Part 1

We’ve had a lot of good news this year and shared some great photos of our antique furniture in our customers’ homes. Now, as the year turns, it’s time to remember our most popular antiques and home decor blog posts from 2017! Here is the first half of our Top 10 posts of the year…

1. Rare Goumain Antique French Buffet

Goumain Antique French BuffetLast year we sold the rarest antique piece we have ever had in stock! This rare 1919 antique French buffet is signed by Goumain on the buffet as well as on the original sculptures, and it is magnificently painted with a scene that shows the story of Saint Eustace. To see the full story of the soldier saint Saint Eustace as well as more detailed photos, see the Rare Goumain Painted St Eustace Antique French Buffet blog post.

2. Voted into the Top 30 Antique Blogs

Top 30 Antiques Blog FeedspotWe began 2017 with good news when Feedspot wrote to say that their panel had selected this Letters From EuroLux antiques blog as one of the Top 30 Antique Blogs on the web.

Greg and I were delighted, as we’ve been running the blog since 2011, talking about the antique furniture we buy in France and other parts of Europe and bring back to the USA. The blog reflects our motto “Fine antiques for regular folks!” and we also talk about general home decor.

In March, we heard that we were again named Best of Houzz Customer Service with our 100% customer satisfaction score, in addition to our Recommended badge given to the top-rated pros on Houzz. Next we celebrated when the new Hobbs Germany collection won an Honorable Mention in the European Product Design Award 2016. We’re thrilled to be U.S. distributors, and you can see the unique wine-inspired collection here.

3. Client Spotlight: Antique Brittany Buffet and Bed

French Antique Brittany BedAs part of our series of client spotlights, I wrote in February about a delivery of antique furniture Greg and I made to our customer May in Pensacola Beach, FL.

It was one of our slowest deliveries ever as May lives on the 14th floor and we had to make many trips up and down in the elevator! But what a spectacular view she has from every room in her lovely home, which is filled with European antiques.  May purchased this fine antique French Brittany bed from us as well as an antique Brittany buffet which we converted for her to accommodate a TV for viewing in her bedroom. See the full post here for more photos of May’s home and the gorgeously carved 1880 antique bed and buffet.

4. Woodbridge Table for Knight Kiplinger

Marseille console table hallwayAnother client spotlight gave us a glimpse into the home of the celebrated economic journalist and author Knight Kiplinger. You have probably seen or heard him as a guest on many TV and radio shows like the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Diane Rehm Show, and CBS This Morning.  He has ordered twice from us, once for a lovely mahogany Neoclassical Woodbridge console table for his home in Washington DC, and most recently for an elegant Woodbridge Marseilles console table for his second home in Maryland.

See the full story and more photos in my Woodbridge Table for Knight Kiplinger blog post.

5. French Country Farmhouse Style

French Country Farmhouse style continues to be popular, and for very good reasons! The comfortable look and timeless charm of the style works in many different types of home and it is a look that is easy to live with. My two posts Farmhouse Style Furniture and Home Decor and French Country Farmhouse Style: Elegant Comfort aim to provide some inspiration! They illustrate the style and explore the key elements to achieve the look in your own home.

Happy new year to everyone! If you enjoyed this, see the rest of our picks for the year at this link for the Part 2 of our top 10 decor and antiques blog posts of 2017.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

French Country Farmhouse Style: Elegant Comfort

The timeless French Country Farmhouse style of furniture is rich in nostalgia, and it is one of the most popular styles in our EuroLuxHome.com online store. Whether our customers choose genuine antique French Country Farmhouse furniture imported from France or newly crafted pieces inspired by the style, they love the refined but comfortable look!

As the name suggests, there is a rustic element to French Country Farmhouse style that celebrates the natural beauty of rural France. This design style places a great emphasis on traditional craftsmanship, natural materials and a sense of harmony and balance.

Imagine walking into a charming old French farmhouse deep in the hills of a wine region or one surrounded by fields of golden corn. The kind of decor and furnishings you might see are exactly the kind we expect of this design style.

You might see a large wooden table in the kitchen, possibly crafted in pine or another light or medium wood. Simple furniture features graceful lines and a slightly weathered look, or you will see cabinets with a distressed paint finish.

Things are not too matchy matchy, no matched sets of furniture, yet everything works together. The furniture and accessories have the look of being collected over the years, combining family heirlooms with newer pieces.

Everything is effortless, nothing is trying too hard to impress. Nothing is shiny or too crisp and perfect. These homes look lived in and you know that the people living there are very happy and content indeed!

We have a lot of new, vintage and antique French Country Farmhouse pieces in our online EuroLuxHome.com furniture and home accents store and shipping is always free. For example, this fine walnut vintage French Country sideboard hits all the style points!

Vintage French Country Sideboard Chairs with a ladder back are also ideal for this look, and chairs and benches often feature woven rush or rattan seats. These new French Country dining chairs in our store have intricate carvings in the walnut wood and hand-woven rattan seats.

French Country dining chairLayered textures with rustic and distressed finishes add a great deal to the effect, and layered fabrics such as gingham and florals in varying scales also add to the effortless look. Toile de Jouy is a classic for French Country Farmhouse linens and other soft furnishings.

French Heritage French Country Louis XVI bedChickens and roosters and other farmyard animals are a popular motif, as seen on this hand-woven wool Aubusson throw pillow!

Rooster Aubusson Throw Pillow HandwovenIn addition to French Country Farmhouse antique furniture and newly crafted pieces, we are pleased to stock all kinds of vintage and new home accessories that look perfect with this style of decor.

Earlier this year I mentioned that Farmhouse style is a leading decor trend right now and I am not surprised! It is more than just a fleeting fashion. There is a timeless, serene and nurturing quality to this interior design look that is comforting in our rapidly changing and stressful times!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

See Our Antique Furniture in Customer Homes

Our series of client spotlight blog posts shows how our antique furniture and lighting look in our customers’ homes.  These are some of our most popular blog posts among people who read our antiques blog! Anyone who is interested in home decor enjoys a sneak peek inside someone else’s house. It’s also a good way to see how other people live with antiques and incorporate them into today’s homes. Plus, thanks to the kindness of our customers, we get a mini tour of some mighty fine homes!

Here is a roundup of our antique furniture customer spotlights for the last six months, in case you missed seeing them. Click the links to read the full story and see more photos.

South Carolina Historic Home PictureThis is an example of one of those mighty fine homes I was telling you about! We delivered a handsome antique French Renaissance buffet to the this gorgeous historic home built in 1810 in Winnsboro, SC.  Read the antique Renaissance buffet blog post to see photographs of the interior including our intricately carved antique buffet in the charming dining room and several of our vintage chandeliers hanging in other rooms.

French Antique Brittany Bed

Greg and I personally delivered a stunning French antique Brittany bed and a Brittany buffet to our customer May in Pensacola Beach, FL. May retired here but she used to travel a lot to Europe and she loves Paris, so she especially enjoys buying antique French furniture. May bought an 1880 chestnut wood French Brittany antique bed, heavily carved with scenes of villagers and windmills. She also bought a Brittany style buffet dating to the same year, and asked us if we could alter the buffet to fit a TV for her bedroom. We could and we did! See more photos of the converted buffet and of May’s 14th floor apartment with its lovely views in the Antique Brittany Buffet and Bed blog post.

Vintage French Rococo Dining ChairsFran P. in Concord, NC, bought this beautiful set of vintage French Rococo dining chairs for her dining room. The six mahogany vintage French dining chairs date to 1950 and the chairs feature curvy lines from the cabriole legs to the carved curlicues.

The soft pinky beige fabric upholstery is also pretty in Fran’s dining room. It blends very well with the colors in her rug and the gilded Rococo mirror,

See more of the story and photos at my Vintage French Rococo Chairs blog post.

 

Antique French Provincial Armoire repurposedWe delivered a handsome antique French Provincial armoire to our customers Paul and Lane near Clemson, SC.  for them to repurpose into a unique gun cabinet!

The armoire is carved in the Normandy style, dating to 1890, with a large carved vase of flowers on the top and many carvings of birds.

Paul is going to convert the armoire himself. Lane is pleased to have a terrific full-length mirror in the master bedroom and she likes the fact that the mirrored doors will hide the gun collection.

See our blog post Antique Armoire Repurposed as a Gun Cabinet for more pictures including the antique Louis XV Buffet the couple bought from us for their dining room and another example of how a bookcase was repurposed as a gun cabinet!

See more client spotlights at this link, including new, vintage, and antique furniture and home decor.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Princess Diana Family Home Althorp Furniture

Althorp House furniture inspirationThe Althorp Living History collection of furniture is based on the antique furniture from Princess Diana’s ancestral home in England. We are delighted that we are now supplying this elegant collection to our customers. Each piece is beautifully hand-crafted by Theodore Alexander furniture makers.

This is Althorp, the childhood home and final resting place of the late Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales. Her brother Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer, still lives there and he has allowed Theodore Alexander access to make the Althorp furniture collection.

Althorp Furniture: Marlborough Room

The house was built in 1508 by the Spencer family, set in 550 acres of parkland near Northampton, 70 miles north of London. Althorp has 90 rooms that are all beautifully decorated with antiques added to the house by generations of Princess Diana’s ancestors over five centuries. This is the Marlborough Room. The Victorian rosewood dining table pulls extends to seat up to 42 guests!

Theodore Alexander Althorp BedEvery piece in the Theodore Alexander Althorp furniture collection is either an exact reproduction of furniture in the Althorp estate, or is inspired by it. What an amazing and exciting challenge that must have been for the master craftsmen at Theodore Alexander!

These pieces, like all Theodore Alexander furniture, are hand-crafted with superb finishes.

For example, this four-poster Althorp bed in the style of George III is crafted in handsome mahogany with a gorgeous flame mahogany veneer design and brass accents. The acanthus leaf motif, carved columns and spiral pine cone finials create a very luxurious impression.

Theodore Alexander Althorp DeskThis Althorp Living History desk is an absolutely darling piece of furniture. Imagine sitting down before the Louis XV Rococo style desk to write your journal or your correspondence!

This fine Althorp desk is crafted in mahogany and rosewood with cast brass accents on the cabriole legs. The serpentine top adds to the seductive appeal!

Theodore Alexander Althorp Sofa SetteeYou will have a great conversational starter when you welcome your guests to take a seat in this Theodore Alexander Althorp settee! Your friends will love to hear the story of its origins. The mahogany settee with leather upholstery is crafted in the Georgian style with shapely cabriole legs and a waisted back. It’s a charming settee and a real steal on the price for a settee with such a fine heritage. At time of writing it is $1759 with our always free shipping.

It’s an honor to supply this regal line of Theodore Alexander Althorp Living History furniture and home accessories to our customers. We hope you will browse our Althorp furniture here and let your imagination take flight!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

Verdigris and Rusted Metal Decor

Aged metal including verdigris and rusted metal decor brings a very unique look to a home. Obviously if you leave a piece of metal or glass outside for long enough it will start looked naturally aged, rusted and weathered. But most of us don’t have the patience for that, and also we don’t want to leave a beautiful chandelier or mirror out in the elements! Fortunately, there are lots of options to buy new metal decor and lighting that is already aged for you!

Oxidized iron chandelierThis impressive new 8-arm chandelier made by China WInd is a great example of how convincing rusted metal can look. First, the turned wood center column of the chandelier is hand-painted with rustic gold tones and distressed to create the illusion of age. Then the iron arms holding the electric candles are given an oxidized finish which gives the chandelier a ton of character. The rusted look is very authentic, making this a perfect choice for shabby romantic decor, or a nautical style room.

Chelsea House Erusticated Metal SconceThis erusticated sconce by Chelsea House has a completely different look to the chandelier, but the erusticated metal finish on the acanthus leaf sconce again makes it look as if you found it in a vintage store. In fact, it’s newly crafted by Chelsea House but cleverly weathered. The places where it is worn are exactly the places that would grow worn and erusticated over time.

Scarborough House Frog StatueVerdigris is the term used to describe the bluish-green patina that naturally forms on copper or brass when it has been exposed to the air and moisture over many decades.

Verdigris is a lovely effect that works in all traditional decor styles and it has a charming and homely look to it.

This new Scarborough House frog statue shows just how attractive a verdigris finish can be. The brass statue boasts a verdigris finish on the frog, replicating the green skin of real frogs. The frog is rowing a shoe, of course! This statue is perfect for people who like a little whimsy. The brass shoe doesn’t have a verdigris finish and the contrast with Mr Frog is delightful.
Wildwood Gold Leaf Table LampThis wonderful new Wildwood Lamps table lamp also has a lovely aged metal finish. This is created by aged gold leaf on the lamp base, which is designed as a stylized pineapple. The pineapple was a popular motif in antique French and European furniture, symbolizing wealth and abundance. The aged gold leaf makes the lamp look like an antique even though it is new, and visually it also softens the gold leaf. If the gold were left unaged, then it could look a bit too bright and blingy, couldn’t it? The aged gold leaf gives a very tasteful effect.

Antiqued Sconce Mirror

Finally, I just want to mention antiqued glass in mirrors. When a furniture maker ages the glass in a mirror, it creates a much softer effect, just like the aged gold leaf lamp above.

For example, this new China Wind Antiqued mirror sconce shows just what a little clever aging on the mirror can do! The antiqued mirror is a better match for the distressed gold and blue mirror frame and electric candle holders. It could ruin the overall distressed look if the mirror were too shiny!

But also the antiqued mirror creates a softness that will give a more gentle reflection of the sconce light. The mood is immediately nostalgic and romantic. It’s a perfect piece for a boudoir or a Victorian or Boho hallway.

If you enjoyed this post, then take a look at my other posts in this series on techniques used to create distressed furniture and how furniture makers create weathered furniture to give effects including driftwood, bleached, and weathered paint.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Weathered Furniture for Casual Decor Appeal

Weathered furniture looks wonderfully authentic in any beach style decor or coastal cottage. But the relaxed look of weathered furniture can work with any home decor style. It always adds a lived-in charm that looks comfortable, casual, and welcoming. You can hunt around to find vintage furniture that is naturally weathered by the years, but you can also find lots of new weathered furniture in many styles. Kick back and enjoy some inspiration for new weathered furniture crafted with different techniques. These pieces are so convincing, you will believe that they have been naturally aged by the elements!

Painted Weathered Furniture

Rubbed Paint Sideboard BlueThe skillful rubbed finish on this teal blue painted sideboard by Furniture Classics  shows how effective a weathered painted finish can be! The sideboard would look wonderful in a rustic kitchen or dining room, whether it is decorated in a coastal style or with a romantic Boho look, or perhaps in a Mediterranean style. Either way, the sideboard adds a splash of color and tons of character.

Distressed gray carved sconceThe weathered hand-painted finish on this carved wood sconce looks incredible. You could easily believe that the sconce was found in an abandoned castle in the countryside somewhere in Europe.

The carved and hand-painted China Wind sconce is crafted with decadent style, in a charcoal gray finish that will work beautifully in many color schemes.

It is nicely sized at 20 inches high and the hand-painted weathered finish on the carved wood is enhanced by the rusted metal arms.  It’s perfect for a nautical interior design scheme!

Weathered Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed Elm Furniture Classics CabinetReclaimed wood is a great choice to give a weathered look as the wood is already naturally weathered and aged.

This Furniture Classics reclaimed elm cabinet  is a perfect example. The reclaimed elm wood looks beautifully aged and weathered as though it has been a family favorite for many years.

The cabinet would look happily at home in any rustic style decor, including Farmhouse style. The metal hardware adds to the sense of substance.

The reclaimed wood with its textured grain would also look great in a Scandinavian style room. It is packed with Hygge appeal – the Danish style that symbolizes homestyle comfort and cosiness. There is no pretentiousness here, just a sturdy cabinet that is easy to live with.

 

Driftwood finish pine coffee tableAlso crafted in reclaimed wood, this time pine, this new Furniture Classics coffee table            has a driftwood finish that makes it especially great for a coastal cottage or condo. The stripped finish is brushed and then allowed to age in a natural state to get a driftwood effect. Chunky baluster style legs are the perfect complement to the planked table. This reclaimed pine table invites everyone to gather round and relax!

Weathered Bleached and Driftwood Furniture

Weathered Scarborough House Side TableIf you like the driftwood look, then in addition to the reclaimed wood table above, you will admire the weathered driftwood finish on this new Scarborough House pedestal side table. The weathered parchment finish gives a driftwood effect.

The pale distressed patina is so versatile, this side table would work as well in a contemporary room as it would in a more rustic or Farmhouse setting.

I can picture it being a terrific match for your Scandinavian style decor too!

 

Scarborough House Weathered wood side tableWe also love this other new Scarborough House weathered side table that has a completely different look.

It is crafted with a bleached wood top and lower shelf, creating the weathered effect. It looks like the table has been left out in the sun to naturally age! The rust finish on the metal legs adds to the natural maritime appeal. It’s a lovely table for your rustic cabin or beach house, and we think it would be a nice fit for a conservatory or covered patio area too.

Writing this post makes me look forward to summer even more than I was already! But for any time of year, weathered furniture creates character in a casual home decor scheme. It immediately sends the message: “We care more about living well and enjoying our home, than making sure everything is perfectly pristine!”

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.