Patina…what a lovely word; but what does it really mean?
Definition: a surface appearance of something grown beautiful, especially with age or use, which adds value to an antique or collectible and should not be cleaned.
Great definition, but it simply means well worn love to us. Patina is that thing which adds interest to accents around your cottage. It adds a story as well as charm. Some of our cherished accent pieces have bits of tarnish, rust or have been painted to look like they have it. We love Patina!
“Patina is a tarnish that forms on the surface of metals, a sheen on wooden furniture produced by age, wear, and polishing; or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure .”
“You get that aged look when you have several shades of the same color. In paint, you want to mix in more pigments to give it more depth ad character. My butter cream paint has just enough red in it so it looks like it’s lit by candlelight. I the corners, there’s a rosy glow. Pigments add life to paint. The walls don’t look flat; they seem to be infused with color.”
~ Elle Keno, Full Spectrum Paints, House Beautiful – Sept. 2010
“As a general rule, add a maximum of around 3-4 old and chippy pieces to a room,” Brooke says. “You’ll want a mix of old and new. Keep upholstery clean and simple, and balance older pieces with industrial pieces.”
Looking for even more Patina inspiration? Visit our Inspiration Board on Houzz or check out the slideshow below….enjoy!