Friday, May 16, 2014
A Passion for Primitive
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 décor embraces an interesting variety of items. 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 me and other fans of the primitive decorating style, barnwood is a perfect cohesion with primitive accessories. The Cottage Barnwood 75″ Buffet & 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 is easily avoided by purchasing handmade furniture made with authentic reclaimed wood. Primitive collectors can get awesomely aged furniture and add maximum style to their home with minimum effort!