Everything old is new again, right? But always with a twist. Remember the pickled wood in the late 1980′s? Limed wood is reminiscent of that, but with a twist. Wait for it . . .
Pickled wood had a slight pinky undertone that screams late 80′s/early 90′s to this day. Limed wood is also reminiscent of the whitewashed look of shabby chic, made popular by Rachel Ashwell in the 1990′s.
But here’s the twist: pickled wood was pinky, whitewashed wood was white. But limed wood has a distinct gray undertone (the undertone of the new decade), making it a nice change from all the expresso brown that’s been doused all over furniture for the last 10 years.
Even paneling is back – but now in a pleasing limed tone that doesn’t make your space into a cave. It’s much like the look of linen fabric, but in wood form. Where whitewashed wood looks Swedish, limed wood looks Belgian.
Now, don’t get all up in arms – I’m not encouraging you to get rid of the dark furniture and replace it with the limed. I blogged about one popular store that has gone a wee bit overboard with it here. But if you are tired with all the dark, consider bringing in a few small pieces of limed furniture or a few limed accessories (like the limed wood tray I recently bought from HomeGoods).
I recently heard about Brimax liming wax. Sounds like a promising product for lightening up wood on your own. Have any of you experimented with that or something similar on your dark wood pieces?