Stylish Colors

By Karen Parr-Moody


Brightly-colored furniture brings life to a room. A coat of paint can grant such furniture a second life in the land of the stylish and, at GasLamp, you can buy the furniture already painted or paint it yourself.


Bamboo furniture comes to life when painted a shade of bright turquoise milk paint (photo, right; $65 per chair; Booth B-115). These stools would look fabulous on a porch that is otherwise neutral or in a kitchen that is bright and white.


GasLamp shoppers who want to take some of their own bamboo furniture and paint it a fresh shade can do so using milk paints from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company, which are sold by the front desk of the original store. The paints are VOC-free, low in odor, all-natural and won't harm the environment.


Reclaim, reuse, repurpose and re-imagine: That is what a GasLamp dealer did with this dresser painted bright yellow and white (photo, left; $215; Booth B-120). It is an Art Deco piece known as “Waterfall” furniture, which debuted during the 1930s and gets its name from its rolled front edges.


Waterfall furniture originally came in a brown stain and typically had some degree of inlaid marquetry work around the handles. But in modern times such pieces have become popular repaint projects because often the original stain has become worn. (My husband actually repainted a Waterfall dresser gray and white for our daughter’s nursery.)


Ampersand love is still going strong in the world of décor – and this one, painted robin’s egg blue, will charm its way onto someone’s lucky hearth or bookcase (photo, left; $60; Booth B-120). It’s hard to say why interior designers become entranced with certain symbols, but the ampersand, with its graceful curves, keeps showing up. It follows the larger trend of adding typographic accents to one’s home, along with the trend of carnival-style lights lit with small globe lights.


Aside from their fresh, lime green color, these four steel chairs are incredibly stylish, reminding one of those by the French design collective Petite Friture (photo, right; $375; Booth B-150). Made of powder-coated steel, they can be equally stylish as outdoor or indoor furniture. Their open design give them an airy feeling.


One of the most innovative designers working today, Jonathan Adler, is known for his “happy chic” style, which includes color-drenched rooms with items such as bright yellow Chippendale chairs. “Colors can't clash,” he says. At GasLamp, you will easily find enough colorful items to put in pops of brightness here and there.

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