Do you remember the painted furniture craze twenty years ago?

Everywhere you looked furniture was painted and embellished with big floral designs, birds, chickens and roses. Unfinished furniture as well as vintage pieces all took on all new life with artistic flare.

Like all trends it fell out of fashion and everyone turned their attention to more natural finishes as the industrial and farm house craze leaped from the TV screen into our homes and eateries. The more weathered, distressed or rusted the better.

It’s a great look but just like everything that goes to extreme, we tire of within 5-10 years. So, what’s next? I’m keeping my eye on fresh, crisp painted surfaces.

Add Oomph to your Decor

A small shop in New Canaan, Connecticut has been adding color to their customers’ homes for the past 10 years. Oomph is not only their company’s name but it also describes their hip tables, chic chairs, outstanding lighting, and beautiful accessories.

Starting with the notion that everyone had a “neutral” colored couch, three designer friends’ thought the solution to freshen their client’s décor was a pop of color. The smallest amount of color makes a difference in every room.

With an extensive color palate Oomph has transformed classic and whimsy furniture pieces into striking design statements. Black is always a handsome color choice but when finish with a lacquer coating, you have a timeless piece of furniture that anchors a room while reflecting light from all sides.

Add Oomph to your Decor

The secret to decorating with black furniture, such Ooomph’s Manhattan lacquered chest is to pair it with the Westport mirror with the same finish. Keep wall colors light and add interest with a textured paper like grasscloth. Dark furniture on a shadowy wall is a terrible waste of resources.

Oomph Easton Chest
The best-selling Easton chest with a “Denim” version provides a casual look for a beach home or more laissez-faire foyer. The Charleston mirror is a traditional Chippendale design with a chic twist of oomph.

For a more casual décor consider a simple chest with a soft “Denim” finish. Reminiscent of faded blue jeans, it is soft on the eye and the hand. Flank the chest with a set of red upholstered chairs. A patterned blue and white wallpaper adds an impressive companion. Feeling sassy? Tie scarlet tassels to the chest’s hardware.

Add Oomph to your Decor
Calling upon the heritage of Newport’s famed Gilded Era, the Newport mirror is slightly decadent in design. The Kensington Vanity makes a bold statement with its simplicity and architectural detailing. Create a dramatic foyer with the Manhattan chest and the Westport mirror, both finished with black lacquer.

Ready to rid your bathroom of too much beige stone and dark finishes? Consider replacing your vanity with a pretty lavender one with a white marble top. Remove the flat wall mirror and replace it with a charming white mirror with a fretwork inspired frame. A tone on tone lilac and white wallpaper provides a refreshing backdrop.

Its spring and we need a salubrious inspiration. Consider the vim a colorful piece of furniture or mirror can brighten your mood and tied décor. Every home can always use a little oomph.