With all of the pretty limewashes & grayed finishes we’re seeing everywhere, I find myself appreciating beautiful warm aged wood all the more. With the internet/ blogs/ high-speed pace of trends these days, it’s easy to get “sick” of trends. It’s kind of sad to me because (at least in my world) before I was so over-exposed to everything, I appreciated things longer. It feels as if trends are just taking a hold of us so strongly and then as soon as they become mass-marketed (i.e. Restoration Hardware) we start to dislike them. As I’m sure we’ve all heard before, if you go with what you personally love and with what’s appropriate in your home, your design choices will withstand the test of time. (Although, just like a wardobe, lots of homes need tweaking to stay fresh.) So, I think that there are lots of homes & decor where the introduction of gorgeous weathered woods & gray finishes is perfection, but there are also lots of houses that just look contrived when these finishes are placed en masse inside.
Almost everything’s a trend when you get right down to it… so they can’t be avoided. Just be sure your decisions are based upon you & your home and forget about what’s “fashionable” in homes right now. (this doesn’t mean that there are no out-of-date treatments- because there definitely are- but just be aware of why you’re doing what you’re doing… i.e. Do you love it because you’re seeing it everywhere or do you love it because it hits your gut?)
Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my favorite inspiration images with you of rooms that feature warm woods… (And some include warm leathers because that bit of layered warm richness feels the same to me.) I love just about everything in the image below… Black & white mixed with warm woods is a recurring trend in many of my favorite spaces. The pair of antique dressers is what makes this space for me. (Okay, and the old saturated oil painting in the back room.)