The second most dominant trend that continues to gain steam at the international markets is limed, bleached, natural, or white washed wood. It was everywhere shown in hundreds of different subtle hues of grey, tan, taupe, and white.
Patinas were boldly distressed, sleek and shiny, and everything in between. Virtually every vendor highlighted some shade of grey or mushroom wood with oak and teak being the raw material of choice.
I know, white washed oak !! – it makes me shiver just thinking of my old pinkish whitewashed kitchen cabinets that I hated with such a passion back in the 80’s! But this new oak is tinted in sophisticated shades of dove grey, tin, gunmetal, lichen, frost, and many others that lend a sophisticated edge to the rough luxe movement.
Pale woods in all hues of whites and creams were also abundant, many mixed with the color of the moment – mauve.
Grayed woods mixed with bright bluish purples were also on display in many showrooms.
This photo shoes the range of tints available at this vendor of teak furnishings.
Kitchens were shown decked out in grey distressed woods that gave them almost a menswear vibe. The perfect compliment to the soapstone countertops and farm sink!
Grey and mauve were the accompanying colors to this new pale wood.
It doesn’t matter if you’re into classic lines -
or a more contemporary aesthetic, the palette is the same.
White on white was also a popular combination with lots of play on texture and sheen for variety.
Super rustic was still on view but for the most part a more sophisticated take on the rough woods was the norm.
This roomscape was the piece de resistance of the show, combining rustic finishes, gilded accents, limed case goods and that fabulous real fur throw as a centerpiece. For me this room really summed up all of the trends at the show in one well designed package. Pale vertical stripes on the walls gradiated from a deep grey to a light lavender at the ceiling. Many subtle variations of grey on the chairs all on men's wear inspired wools welted with patent leather in bright shades of purple and fuchsias. A super pale bleached out repurposed carpet (another trend here) was the base of the display. Wish you could have all been there in person because it was spectacular. My photography does not do it justice! ( I had to sneak this one and actually got thrown out of this show room for taking pictures even with a press pass)
Photos: Guadarte, Provence & Fils, JVT