Top Colors for Painted Furniture

Adirondack-ChairIf you’re looking for a pop of color in your living space, think outside the box. Although a throw pillow, blanket, or piece of artwork can help liven up a space, they’re also predictable ways to decorate your home.

Instead, liven up your furniture with a fresh coat of paint in an unexpected color. Furniture is often stained to a wooden hue or slathered with white or black paint. How often do you see a yellow dresser, blue end table, or multicolored kitchen table?

To successfully revamp a piece of furniture in your home, make sure it’s prime for painting. Skip over glass, plastic, or stone pieces in favor of wood. Use sandpaper to remove any peeling paint or dull a high-gloss finish, and then brush on a coat of primer to make sure your color sticks.

As for what color you choose, that’s up to you – but there are some hot looks right now you might want to consider.

Think Pink

The man in your life might not think this color is as fabulous as you do, but fuchsia is an on-trend color that really punches up a piece of furniture. Because it’s so daring, you might want to start with a smaller item – such as a small nightstand or footstool – or focus on using this color in a “girls-only” space like a little girl’s bedroom or your walk-in closet.

Feeling Blue

Everyone in the family should be able to agree upon the robin’s egg color that is Tiffany blue. Even though this color is bright, it’s also familiar and happy – meaning you can use it on larger pieces of furniture without blinding anyone. Try this color on the table in your breakfast nook or on some wooden chairs.

Mellow Yellow

Yellow can invoke nearly any feeling you want it to – so if you want feel mellow, choose a pale, creamy hue that can relax and inspire. But if you’re looking for a sunny wake-up call, paint your furniture piece with a bright yellow hue. Real Simple recommends a marigold color in a glossy finish for a coffee table.

Gray Matters

If you want to stick to neutral, but plain old white, black, or brown just doesn’t suit your fancy, paint your furniture gray. It’s something different, but it won’t stand out too much. You can make the color look as modern or as antique as you’d like. This might be just the right look for your kitchen cabinets or a decorative desk. However, place that desk near a window to keep the gray from looking drab.

Ombre

One of the biggest trends in painting furniture is creating an ombre look – that is, picking multiple hues of the same color and layering it so the paint goes from light to dark (or vice versa) in one direction. This is most popular in dressers, where each drawer is painted in one shade and the frame is painted in the darkest of the hues or in a neutral white.

The best way to select a color is to pick a paint chip strip in a color you like, whether it’s blue, green, gray, or pink, and then ask for each of the hues in a half-gallon or gallon of paint, depending on the size of your furniture piece, in the darkest shade. Paint the furniture in the order shown on the paint strip.

While painting a piece of furniture might seem risky, it’s not that much of a commitment – after all, you can always repaint it! If you plan to paint a piece of furniture, with which color are you going?

Kelsey Castle is a freelance writer and editor who’s renovating and decorating her first home. She plans to paint a dresser in an ombre blue for the nursery of her first child.

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