I’m not sure where I first saw it, but if I had to guess I would say it was in some hip hotel. Hotel design has the luxury of being daring. Guests like to see something different than what they might put in their own home, and since they won’t be looking at it all the time, they are less likely to grow tired of it. Which begs the question – is high gloss painted wood, accented with natural wood something that I would grow tired of in my own home.
This, I think, is something I am willing to try. First of all, I won’t be there for that long, so how sick of it could I possibly get? Second, as long as the millwork is crafted by a real expert, I am likely to admire it ….. forever. There is something about the juxtaposition of these two finishes that is appealing to me.
In small spaces you don’t have much opportunity to make statements, and one must be careful that the statement you make isn’t over the top. This treatment would accomplish that. I particularly like the paneled wall, though I could see how paneling the ceiling might be cool too. If you have a fear of putting holes in the wall – this may not be for you. It can be hard for some to make a puncture wound in what is in essence of piece of artwork in its own right. If you have a lot of art and want to display it, taking up limited surface area might be a luxury you can’t afford.
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My favorite compromise is to paint the exterior casings and moldings of a built in, leaving the shelves and interior in the natural wood. It feels sublimely refined. So for No. 5, I plan to find a way to incorporate this detail into the mix.