Looking at trying something new in your space but don’t really want to spend a fortune? There are a ton of furniture finishes that are hot for 2018. You can spruce up your current wood furniture or go hunting for potential pieces at the thrift store. I find that old furniture is usually built well and can really be made into something special. I have taken several pieces and transformed them so that they would fit with my personal design style. But don’t worry if you are not into DIY-- these finishes can be found in most furniture stores.
Cerused Wood Finished: A technique that has been around for centuries is becoming popular again. This finish uses white pigment to fill in and reveal the unique grain lines of wood. Ceruse was a white lead derivative used as a cosmetic in the Victorian Era. It was highly toxic on human skin but cabinet makers used it to fill the porous open grain of oak planks. In Great Britain, it is known as “Limed Oak." These days nontoxic colored waxes are used to create the same effect.
In the example that I found on Houzz.com, you can see the white wax really showcases the beauty of the wood grain. The technique really adds a lot of depth and contrast to the space. This piece would work well. Because of the style of this dresser, this piece would work well in a modern or contemporary space. This type of finish could look great in a lot of different design styles.
Metallic Painted Furniture: I love the look of a mirrored piece of furniture, but with kids I always stayed away. I am in love with this new metallic paint that is coming out, you can add a little bling to your space without going full on glam. This finish can really change the look of an outdated piece of furniture. The metallic paint has a sheen that will accent any texture or accents your furniture piece already has.
This piece found at Horchow is a stunning chest. The lines are classic and the cabriole legs add extra interest. This piece would work well in a Shabby chic or Hollywood regency spaces. But the finish could add some interest in an Industrial or contemporary space.
Weathered Wood: Grey is such a hot color in design right now. The weathered or "washed grey" wood is really a great finish to go along with the cooler grey tones that are trending now. The wood can be “aged” with stain or paint. This finish works well in a variety of different setting from casual to classy. The table I found at all ZGallerie, could work in a coastal beach house or in an industrial setting, all depending what you pair with it.
As always, enjoy your month and Happy Decorting!