Monday, March 7, 2011

Reclaimed, painted and washed woods....a trend or a classic?

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Good morning. When I was lucky enough to attend the Maison and Objet show in Paris about a month ago, one trend that was huge and seen everywhere was the use of reclaimed woods,limed oak,natural woods, bleached woods, and painted woods. This is  the look that Restoration Hardware has made famous and has built a tremendous following upon. Belgian design and some elements of Swedish/Nordic design are based on this look of using the light woods and I have to say it is really quite beautiful. Though its a trend at the moment here, for certain European countries, like Belgium this "trend" has been around for centuries and is in fact, not a trend at what do you think? Do you like it? Would you use it in your own home or perhaps you already are?
 I happen to think its really quite beautiful and we are considering using a limed oak finish for our back stairs. David Easton, in his new book features a gorgeous staircase of limed oak which is pretty fabulous. I love the softness of the wood, think it can look very elegant. Today I highlight some examples of this shown at its know I always love to know what you think! There is reclaimed wood, pickled or limed wood, painted woods, stripped wood, distressed wood....and can range in color from almost white to a rich taupey color with variations in shading. The look is quite stunning and is often mixed with darker wood pieces for a little drama but even on its own, it creates a melodious, calming and serene feeling.

Love this room, elegant softly distressed woods look fabulous against the painted blue hutch, and painted the mix, via Kitchen bath Ideas.

Elegant and old world dining room mixed the distressed weathered wood chairs with a reclaimed wood hutch, love the old rug which adds to the antiqued feeling of this room so effectively
Pretty dining area in light woods created a soft muted feeling room
Rinfret Designs used painted and pickled woods for this attractive dining room
This fabulous dining room uses a mix of woods with the focus being on the reclaimed wood dining table and chairs with some contrasting dark wood pieces in the room for drama
How about a wine cellar in reclaimed wood? Like wine, this will get better with age, created by
Swedish Interior Design UK designed this fabulous room of painted furniture
Betty Burgess created this stunner of  a room in all its stripped wood glory
Suzanne Kasler kept the wood used here in pickled or distressed finish so as not to disrupt the calm and serene tone of this elegant space
Blackswood Farm created this beautiful and super cozy reclaimed wood bunkbeds!
A mix of pickled wood chairs and gold chairs against the dark floor..pretty!
Beautiful painted console and chair grace this pretty bathroom wall, Wisteria
Beautiful pickled wood chair and mantle grace this elegant monochromatic space
Elanor Cummings created this beautiful kitchen of antiqued timbers
A weathered finish table and a eclectic collection of chairs works here
Betty Burgess designed this fabulous dining room of pickled chairs and a dark table, like the mix
Eichholtz, a Danish based accessories company created this beautiful Belgian grouping
Light colors in this living room alongside a pickled hutch
Blackswood Farm used reclaimed timbers to create an "old/new" feeling in this kitchen
There is no  limit as to how reclaimed beams can be they created a gorgeous outdoor pergola by Timber and Beam
Beautiful room full of rich goldness, any wood used is light and distressed to create a certain harmony that is in keeping with the tones of the room
Love this space, wonderful example of mixing the light and the dark
Beautiful pickled wood tables and door frame keep the tones here soft and neutral
Any of the woods here are kept soft and light
Understated console and antiqued mirror grace a living room wall
Love the delicate slipcovered chairs here.... Country Living
A beautiful distressed monastery table looks fabulous and inviting in this kitchen!
Kitchenism created this unique and distressed island 
Pretty barn door armoire and reclaimed woods make this living room casual but elegantly rustic
I love the tones here, so calming, serene and old world feeling
Locati architects used reclaimed wood to create this fabulous living room in this luxurious mountain home....beautiful colors!
This is a beautiful room, love the distressed feel but very elegant and inviting at the same time
Reclaimed wood beams make this space so livable and cozy
Something so simple but so pretty...a beautiful painted bench
Pretty distressed painted chairs flank this pretty dining table,Country Living
Love the colors, the richness of the charcoal against the limed oak chairs..fabulous!
Hansome light woods were used for this attractive transitional feeling bathroom
This pretty foyer features woods both dark and light beautifully, Rhonda Elish
A stunning light palette room full of beautiful Swedish inspired feeling furniture
What a room! Beautiful rich colors, elegance abounds!
Morgancreek Cabinets created this Belgian inspired kitchen using light woods
The salvaged beams here make this kitchen feel old and authentic
Love this picture, the delicate chairs, the painted console, that gorgeous door frame..whats not to love?
White glory..what a sumptuous room!
Nicole Hollis used tall black chairs to flank this light colored bleach wood table
Beautiful painted piano and small delicate chair...amazing the transformation a coat of paint can do....give this dark piano an entirely different look!
A simple block table in pickled woods gets contrast from dark chairs
Restoration Hardware made this look this table!
More Restoration Hardware pieces.....gorgeous chest and table
Dana Wolter created a Belgian influenced feeling kitchen with this stripped oak center island and coordinating cabinets
Beautiful stripped oak table on stunning stone floors..simple but beautiful!
This pretty kitchen mixed white cabinets with a pickled island....quite pretty and I like the mix
A pretty light wood vanity looks simply understated
Beautiful ceiling that mirrors the oak table...elegant and so inviting
Love this room..the play of light and dark is fabulous here, Veranda magazine (thanks Karen)
This room does justice for the light wood movement..perfection!
Another view of the gorgeous table from Restoration Hardware
Love this table.....long farmers table in a light colored distressed rustic finish..fabulous!
This pretty charming kitchen gets cabinets made from salvaged wood, like the way they mixed it with a darker wood stained island....
Stunning light colored reclaimed timbers add so much charm to this great space,Blackswood