I’m seeing a fair amount of made-over furniture with paint effects that, to me, feels like the evolution of the dip-dye trend. It’s a look that’s much more graphic and dramatic than dip-dye, which typically hovers at the ratio of 1 to 3 when it comes to coverage. This trend takes the ‘go big or go home’ approach and covers up half, or slightly more than half, of the piece of furniture or design object. It’s bold, to be sure, but I really like it. It’s very effective in modernising junk shop and flea market paintings. The great part is the painting doesn’t even have to be particularly good but, when given the half-half makeover, becomes a really modern design statement. The same applies to furniture.
In the case of this chair with its peeling, weathered paint, I love the solidity of the white which serves to highlight the aged patina. (Side Note: Patina is one of those words that always makes me chortle)
This table is the reverse of the dip-dye effect where the paint coverage takes the lead and the natural wood grain takes a supporting role.
If you’re brave enough, you could give the trend a go using a proper antique or heirloom piece of furniture that you want to update with some 21st century style.
So, are you into the half-dressed look? It’s a yes for me.