Hold the Finish Please!

By: Jennifer Culp – Interior Designer
Contributor’s website: jcdesignstudios

So my latest obsession is unfinished wood.  Whether it be furniture, flooring or picture frames you name it.  That bare bones look gives any room a dose of casualness that screams laid back chic.  I am always pleasantly surprised by the organic rawness of unfinished wood, and when paired with a formal fabric or piece of furniture it can be a stunning contrast!

Look at this vintage wing chair that has been stripped and upholstered in a blue-green linen with nail heads…. love!  So simple, yet striking…

Or how about these wide plank natural floors in combination with the dark antique Chinese chairs in this ranch house…stunning.

And this Manhattan loft….the contrast of the unfinished floors with the crystal chandelier and tufted sofa make the room interesting and accessible.

This four post bed speaks for itself… utter simplicity.

Design Tip of the Month:

So here is my tip…make it simple!  Stop fretting over what finish to do, or paint color to pick and consider going au naturel. 
In my own loft entry I took an inexpensive mirror and an old chair (both of which had hideous finishes) and stripped them down.  Paired with some new colorful fabric I got a completely fresh look that warms the space.  This is a thrifty and easy solution to your design quandaries.

Remember there are natural beauties out there that just need to be uncovered!
Contributor’s website: www.jcdesignstudios.com

(images: wing chair, lonny; photographer amy neunsinger’s house, house beautiful; manhattan loft, elle décor; loft entry, jc studio)
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