Is anybody else ready to see more brown wood again? After a few years of solid-colored, painted furniture staking its claim on design, I know that I for one am eager for the "return" of rich, dark wood.
Now to be fair, brown wood has never been out of style. It just seems that brightly hued furniture has gotten a lot of our attention lately (this is not a criticism, because I'm a fan too). You can, however, strike a balance between painted finishes and brown wood. You don't want too many brown wood pieces in one room- it will look dark, hard, and heavy (this is where the painted furniture comes in handy). Also, you've got to exercise caution with those big, looming dark wood pieces- what Nancy Lancaster called "Big 'n Brown". And yes, I understand why Dorothy Draper chose to slap a coat of paint on furniture when there was too much brown in one room.
But please, don't banish the brown wood! If my plea hasn't convinced you, then you may want to consider these wood pieces (accessories included) that are mixed with brass, nickel and chrome- now this is truly an easy way to live with wood!
Wooden Pavilion Lantern in Oak and Nickel, from Charles Edwards
Rosewood liquor cabinet with brass inlay, by Paolo Buffa, c. 1938, available at Fred Silberman
1950s French desk, brass and wood, from Visiona
Karl Springer Mahogany and Chrome Dining Table from Assemblage.
Shrimp earrings in wood and gold by Seaman Schepps
Rosewood and brass etagere,from George N Antiques
Image at top: Brass and Mahogany Travelling Writing Box, c. 1830, from Mallett