... ESPECIALLY if you already love white rooms.
But before I show it off, allow me a quick comment. In the past decade or so we've seen a lot of people paint their furniture, especially those who prefer airy, contemporary rooms in a neutral palette. And don't get me wrong... I love painted furniture and some of my favorite projects have been painted plain white.
But dark, rich brown wood has its place in light-colored rooms. It makes a beautiful foil against the white walls, and it can have complex grains which bring texture and interest to what would otherwise be a bland space.
Walnut is one of my favorite dark woods. It's got a chocolatey purple undertone and a grain pattern which, while subtle compared to oak, can often include arched patterns that add an Art Deco touch.
Case in point: our latest project.
A custom built-in AV cabinet in a bright, contemporary living room.
Or do you like it better without doors?
It's really hard to capture the beauty of this wood in a photograph, because grain patterns move with the light. They glimmer and shimmer.
But here's my best attempt:
There's a satiny ribbon effect that really catches the eye.
By the way, the shelves are adjustable in height to allow you to store larger items like stereo equipment or a hidden TV. I love the versatility of this piece. It could be a pantry, a clothes closet, a display case... you name it.
And it's eight feet tall and four feet wide, so it's much more substantial in real life.
If you've got a modern room that needs a little architectural interest, give us a call. We'll help you design a piece that changes your space... and lets you store all your stuff out of sight... so you can live a clutter-free, stress-free life.
I can't resist starting with the "After" on this one.
My latest customers called me soon after they bought a relatively new home here in Asheville. It was in one of the nicer subdivisions, and the builders included a beautiful fireplace with an empty niche next to it.
It can be tricky to find the right piece of furniture for little nooks like these. The prior owners had used a large armoire which was too bulky and dark for the room.
My customer's choice of pre-fab shelves was a little less overwhelming, but it didn't offer much storage.
We worked together to design a simple built-in entertainment center with cupboard doors that could hide the kids' toys.
Above the doors, we added two semi-floating shelves for books and decorative objects. Then we painted the whole unit to match the trim.
The end result is probably what the architects had in mind when they left that empty space.
I did most of the construction in my workshop...
... which minimized the disruption for the homeowners.
The doors were handmade for the unit to ensure a perfect fit. I used oak stiles to resist warping and twisting.
The upper shelves were made with a double thickness of plywood to resist sagging. This is a big difference between handmade shelving and the mass-produced stuff: a factory made piece might be built with thinner material.
The final piece looks like it was built with the house.
The homeowners also had us repaint the room in a light, fresh gray which coordinates beautifully with the white cabinet and mantel.
If you've got an empty niche and need a place to hide your AV equipment (or your kids' toys) give us a call. We'll be glad to help you design a custom storage solution that's right for you needs.
I'm Arthur Teel, a craftsman who builds custom furniture in Asheville, North Carolina. Give me a call to talk about your next project!