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Design Tip: Weathered Painted Finishes

Both driftwood and white washed furniture finishes are gaining popularity and demand in today’s decorating trends.  Whether it is a modern living room, or a rustic dining room, these finishes fit in everywhere.  The “washed” look is made by using a watered down and thinned paint, so that when it is applied, the natural wood grain will show through.  It is a perfect solution for those who want to see the texture and character of a hardwood piece, but aesthetically want to incorporate painted pieces, versus stained, into their decor.  Here is a close up example of what these treatments may look like:

Design Tip: Weathered Painted Finishes, WhitewashDesign Tip: Weathered Painted Finishes, Driftwood Wash

The beauty of both of these finishes is that they act as a neutral tone that you can build an entire room around.  Here are two examples of how to put together a fashionable look using these foundation finishes!

In the whitewash dining room, the soft blue tones of the rug and throw pillows accent the crisp, clean white finishes beautifully.  Everything has an ethereal quality that makes it stylish and fresh.  The coral artwork adds a hint of ocean life for a unique coastal element.

White Washed Furniture | Inspiration Board: Whitewash Cottage #whitewashcottage #inspirationboard #coastalliving #cottagedecor

Seafan Hand Painted Canvases s/4 Reims Chandelier Parsons Chair #70 Cleo Blue Rug

1. Seafan Hand Painted Canvases 24″ x 24″ $720 s/4  |  2. Reims Chandelier 25″ Round x 22″H $620  |  3. Shoreline Slipcovered Parson Chair Grade A Fabric $395  |  4. Shoreline Hammock Spa Throw Pillow Grade E Fabric, 18″ x 18″ $100  |  5. Trimaran Stripe Throw Pillow 18″ x 18″ $58  |  6. Woodmere Dining Table 48″ Round x 30″H, Raw Cotton Finish $1,860  |  7. Cleo Blue In/Out Rug 5′ x 8′ $570

Collection on the Beach Paron's #70 Woodmere Dining Table Cleo Blue Rug Parson's #70

The driftwood wash has a slightly warmer effect and is accented here with taupe and cream for a cohesive look.  The pearl white rug is a great way to keep the overall look light and airy, and is one of the softest rugs out there.  A true pleasure for bare feet.

White Washed Furniture | Inspiration Board: Driftwood Washed Cottage #driftwoodwashcottage #driftwoodwash #coastaldecor #cottagedecor

Mother of Pearl Table Lamp South Hampton Console Table Santa Ana Spool Chair Clearwater Upholstered Sofa Kerr Coffee Table Cut Stripe Ivory

1. Mother of Pearl Table Lamp 28″H $250  |  2. Southhampton Console Table Shell Grey $1,530  |  3. Santa Ana Spool Chair Grade 5 Fabric, Driftwood Wash Frame $1,510  |  4. Summer House Clearwater Upholstered Sofa Grade 5 Fabric, Latte Finish Legs $1,900  |  5. Cut Stripe Ivory Hand Knotted Rug 8′ x 10′ $1,518  |  6. Kerr Coffee Table 36″ x 24″ x 18″H, Clay Medium Rub $750

This look is sweeping across decorating magazines, pinterest and furniture stores, and is one that is more than just a trend.  It is a classic style that is here to stay.  Do you have any “washed” pieces in your home?  If so, please share!

Mother of Pearl Lamp South Hampton Console Table Santa Ana Spool Chair Clearwater Sofa Kerr Coffee Table Cut Stripe Ivory

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2 Responses to Design Tip: Weathered Painted Finishes

  1. Fran Finkelstein September 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    God do I wish your store was down here in Florida. I love everything in it. My husband was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just as we were starting to decorate. So we have not been able to do our Florida home especially our living room. I love the colors sea foam green and pink and cream. I love upholstered furniture. I think I want a sectional or sofa and love seat for a lot of comfortable seating arrangement. I love distressed types of tables and furniture. Looks like you have all of that. Do,you have a catalog you can send me. I can send you a picture of the living rooms I,have seen in a magazine imlove to,give you an idea of what I like. Any help would be so appreciated.

    • Cottage Katie September 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

      Hello Fran, I am sorry to hear about your husband, and I completely understand that now isn’t the best time to redecorate. When the time is right, come see us!! We have several in house designers that can absolutely help you long distance. You can send us photos of your space, and we can help you bring together a new look just for you!! We do not have a catalog, but we can walk you through our website to find the pieces you are looking for. Give us a call or send us an email! 866-223-2757 or

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