We don't live in homes which have aged gracefully over the years. But believe me, those are the most comfortable ones. The rooms reflect the owners' tastes and something of their lives, too. But nowadays there is no time, and it's rare that you have lived in a house long enough for it to age.
But, if it's the `lived in' look you want, there are some subtle ways to achieve it. You can get this look without working or waiting for a long time.
First, what kind of furniture and furnishing would you look at â€“ the reclaimed teak wood, pastels or bold colors and with the occasional touch of gold?
With all this talk about the forests around the world being destroyed, people are going in for furniture made from reclaimed teak (other woods, too.) The wood, in most cases teak, as it is durable, is reclaimed from old houses which had wooden pillars, paneling and beams and then made into furniture. This is an environmentally friendly option.
Some of the furniture made from reclaimed wood will have faults, but that is also accepted. A company like Butler Specialty Co offers a two drawer chest which is normally placed near a chair. Very Asian, very green as it is made from reclaimed wood. Really, it's the next level for the well worn look.
Heard of a wood finish called African Dusk? It's from the Arin International's Irish collection which has pieces made from recycled wood and metal.
The Midas Touch
Gold finishes are an all time favorite; home furnishings, upholstery and case goods now come with the gold flourish. Experts say that the metallic look is in, and if you are refurbishing, it is a must. So gold, it is. A good example is the Marge Carson, Les Marches display cabinet which comes with a Taupe gold finish. Also take a look at the furniture which is made from alder solids and comes with white cherry veneers.
There are a range of blue collections to choose from these days as interior gurus have named the season as the `blues time.' Century Furniture' Spanish inspired Barcelona Blue collection comes with a bluebell finish at the base. The wood used is from recycled ash and comes with Colombian walnut veneers in finishes such as bluebell, green apple, buttercup, vanilla, driftwood and aged Amaretto.
If it is white, it is right
White furnishing, though difficult to maintain, especially if you have children, looks fabulous in traditional cottages and beach houses. White has been used effectively in houses which lack natural light, as it will bring a lot of relief and idea of space into the room.
Just check out the classic white and honey connoisseur finishes, the Madison four column table and harvest armchairs. Here is an interesting tidbit; this furniture has been inspired by Madison Inn, a getaway on Martha's Vineyard. You can pick up these up at Sporting Habersham's and a part of the company's grand cottage collection.