When you paint furniture, you can change the entire look of a room, and that can be really exciting knowing that all you need to do is paint it again to keep things fresh.
But painting furniture can become a bit of an addiction – and too much furniture in the same room that’s all painted wood, well, it’s not a good look.
So, let’s talk today about painted furniture and how much is too much, so you get the perfect balance in your home.
The appeal of painted furniture
Wood furniture is a design classic, but slowly, painted wood is taking over the natural restored wood look. But why?
Well, there’s no denying that painted furniture looks great. It provides breathing room from the natural wood furniture in your rooms, and painted pieces can really pop when mixed with other pieces.
You can take your whole room and give it a great shabby chic vibe, all whilst hiding those ugly brown colors that can take over a room when you leave your wood furniture all the same color.
However, of all the decorating mistakes out there, overdoing it on the painted furniture front has to be the biggest, so how much is too much in one room?
Is there such a thing as too much painted furniture?
Yes, there is such a thing, and it’s a real problem. In home decor, the key to success is using things sparingly.
Treat painted furniture like accent colors in your home. Use too much of it, and it eventually becomes the focal point, and everything else is lost to it. But if you scatter them in here and there, you give everything an equal chance of having their moment in the spotlight.
But how do you control painted furniture in your home so you know that new piece of furniture isn’t going to clash with your other painted pieces?
It’s simple enough, and all you need to do is follow the great advice below to make painted wood furniture work for you in your own home.
Allow your pieces to breathe
There are a number of ways of doing this, and by following the tips below, you’ll be able to tell if you have too much painted wood furniture in your home.
Here’s how to let furniture breathe in a room:
- Neutral walls – white walls or a light grey, something that allows your pieces to pop is the best way to let them breathe and not fight for attention.
- Distance – you need space between your pieces. The ideal space between a sofa and coffee table, for example, is 16-18″. With space, the place won’t feel cluttered.
- New furniture – if you feel compelled to add more painted furniture to your home, stop for a minute and picture your room. Make a few tweaks in your head with the new furniture added. Is it too much? The point is, you need to put your idea into practice in your head first, before you bring more into your home to make sure it can breathe.
- Color schemes – are you choosing big loud colors for your large pieces? A large piece needs muted colors to stop it from overwhelming the space. A few pieces in pops of color like blue, for example, might work, but make sure the blue isn’t clashing. Calm looks are what you need.
If you follow this advice and you don’t feel inspired by your space and you’re still questioning if you have too much painted furniture, then the chances are you do.
Only after allowing your furniture to breathe will you truly know if the problem is the paint or something else.
Pick a theme
Doesn’t matter if it’s your living room, family room, bedroom, dining room, or a different room altogether – you need a theme and it doesn’t have to be a wood theme.
A dining room is a perfect example. You have a dining set, and that dining set usually matches (i.e. if you had an oak dining table, you’d have oak chairs to boot). One of the biggest decorating mistakes you can make is painting them all different colors.
Any living space you have needs to be calm, and having too much going on in any space is a sure way to bring chaos.
Let’s give some examples of how that might look so you know there isn’t too much painted furniture fighting for your attention.
Living room or family room
In a living room, you’ll typically have at least some wood furniture, and painting some pieces is fine. What you don’t want is clashes.
For example, if your coffee table in your living room is a light oak, then to paint your side tables, walls, and sideboards different colors would be too much.
Painting all those pieces at all would be too much. So pick some.
Maybe you paint a side table a nice creamy white, and maybe choose just one wall to pick up the accent colors of your living room design, leaving your coffee table as is.
By being selective and not painting everything just because you can, your living room furniture will look much better.
Let’s look at your bedroom now – again, there will be a lot of wood furniture, but they don’t all have to be painted wood.
You could leave your bed unpainted, maybe have a dresser that’s stained, and choose painted end tables that pick up colors from the rest of your bedroom.
If you really want to bring in more color, then why not consider a larger rug? You don’t always have to alter the wood furniture. Sometimes decorative pieces work just as well.
A home bar
Having a bar at home is a bit fancy for most people but during lockdown a lot of people started doing this simply because the pubs and bars were shut. Even now with prices so high and covid still being around home bars are still on trend.
Themed bars have become popular which come in a variety of colours like these home bar cabinets as people try to stay away from the traditional mahogany bars.
Again, in your dining room, pick a theme and stick to it, but don’t go overboard.
Paint your dining table if you like, but leave the chairs untouched, and any side table in the room can match the chairs.
You just need to be careful not to paint things that don’t need it. An old piece, for example, doesn’t need to be painted to match others in the room. This single piece won’t make or break the theme, so be careful about what you paint – you don’t want to regret it later.
Painted wood furniture is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s a good thing – but you can have too much of a good thing.
By following the advice in this post and painting furniture sparingly and selectively, you’ll be able to find a perfect balance for your house to make the rooms feel inspired and fresh again!