Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I have developed an affinity for the primitive style of decorating. It is very simple, far from perfect, quaint and quirky…a lot like me! Primitive collectors can focus on a wide variety of looks. Some are very antique looking, ultra simple with very few details. Others have rich color and patina, still showing their age yet delighting the eye with playful designs.
A common characteristic of primitive style is the aged and used look of the wood or metal that makes up its structure. This gives the piece a great amount of character and leaves an admirer wondering about its history. Who has used it? What has it seen? What stories can it tell? Primitive pieces are storybooks without printed word.
These same questions can be asked about barnwood furniture. For others like me who are a fan of the primitive decorating style, barnwood is a perfect cohesion with primitive accessories. A barnwood hutch is the perfect backdrop to display a beloved collection of antiques. A sideboard provides a sturdy surface for a gathering of delicate primitives. Fragile books can find a cozy home on a reclaimed barnwood bookshelf.
I have spent many hours using different painting techniques to replicate the charismatic aged look of barnwood. All of this work can be avoided by using actual barnwood furniture. Primitive collectors: get your awesomely aged furniture at JHE’s Log Furniture Place and add maximum style to your home with minimum effort!