Many people find themselves beating their heads against the wall when it comes to what to do with the 70's style of furniture. These pieces are making a huge comeback due to painters around the country whose boldness hasn't gone unnoticed. Esty, pinterest, and blogs have all gone crazy over this style because of the new and impoved look resulting from a dash of paint. The styles from the 60's and 70's are really popular today. This includes the modern Eames styled furniture and the 70's Mod chunky furniture. Suddenly everyone is itching for mom and dad's old furniture!
If you haven't stumbled upon Lesly Lozano's painted furniture on esty, she really has a handle on this style. Her tangerine tango dressers have been seen everywhere on the web because they are strikingly vibrant, and edgy. Who knew vintage furniture from the 70's could look so darn hot? If you aren't sure of what to do with the overly ornate vintage pieces from the 60's and 70's, look at Lesly's furniture for some inspiration.
Here are a couple tips I have seen from those who have rocked this style:
1 .Vibrant Paint Color Makes All The Difference.
This isn't the style of furniture that you want to add distressing to which is often seen in the cottage furniture, or layers antique finishes seen in the Swedish,French and Primitive styles of furniture. Think about a color scheme around the Palm Beach styles, in gorgeous shades of melon, pink and sunshine yellow. Black and white are ok for this look, but color really makes the detail pop.
Too often, people shy away from bright colors, because they are afraid the colors will be too dominant in their space. In reality, bright colors can be added to a design scheme as an unexpected treat to the eye!
Consider working with a bold hue for the color for your furniture, and several shades lighter of the same tone to go on the walls. For example, a vibrant share of dandelion or canary yellow would look terrific on a mod dresser, accented with silver hardware. The walls can be a pale tint of yellow giving the room a very light and bright feel.
Be sure your furniture is painted with a satin, gloss, or high gloss. This style of furniture needs some shine.
2. Don't Change The Hardware
The number one mistake people make when they update a period piece is changing the hardware to something better from Home Depot. In some cases where the dresser is quite new, and the style hasn't been associated with a specific style of hardware, you can get away with it.
I give you an example from my own furniture mistake on this French Provincial dresser. I was tired of the french hardware at the time, so I exchanged it out for modern hardware. Looking back now, it was a huge mistake. French pieces like any other distinct period style needs to work with the hardware known to be associated with it. Later on, I discovered, hardware can enhance the rest of the design.
The mod styled hardware is quite attractive. You often see with the really heavily carved dressers, heavy oversized hardware originally paired with it. Stick with the original hardware.
3. Brass REALLY is hot!
I think everyone goes through a stage when they are younger that silver is so much better than brass. I certainly experienced this myself.... Brass looks sensational on almost anything. It is no wonder Ralph Lauren uses it so much in his fashion. Brass gives a piece of furniture a bit of gold jewelry which gives it more of an expensive touch. Lets face it, nothing is better than gold!
- Look how coral is accented with brass hardware on these pair of Chinoiserie Nesting Tables from One Kings Lane.
-This Painted Turquoise Desk from One Kings Lane has vintage brass hardware.
Yellow on the other hand is paint color that looks quite nice with silver accents.
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