Matte fin­ishes a top fall decor trend

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kim Cook

Take a look through the fall decor cat­a­logs or browse the aisles of fur­nish­ings stores and you’ll see a re­cur­ring theme: matte fin­ishes.

“Matte is hav­ing a mo­ment right now,” says Donna Garlough, Joss & Main’s style di­rec­tor. “Es­pe­cially in white, black, chalky grays and pas­tels. It works be­cause ac­cents and light­ing in a matte fin­ish pair so nat­u­rally with some of the fur­ni­ture trends we’re see­ing.”

The vel­vety, non-glossy sheens off­set the nat­u­ral wal­nut tones and satiny sur­face of mid­cen­tury wood fur­ni­ture. And they of­fer a dra­matic con­trast to glam el­e­ments like bur­nished and pol­ished met­als, clear acrylic, and high- and medium-nap tex­tiles.

“A matte piece can be very ground­ing, and neu­tral­ize the look,” Garlough says.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers are us­ing a range of tech­niques, like lime washes, eggshell paints, pow­der-coat­ing and ceramic fir­ing. When honed in­stead of highly pol­ished, mar­ble, stone and other ma­te­ri­als de­velop a soft matte glow.

Span­ish de­sign shop Mer­me­lada Es­tu­dio’s spare, lin­ear Alchemy bed frame at CB2, in matte black, is a back­drop for linens of any style. ( ) Joss & Main’s El­iz­a­beth floor lamp is cast in matte black steel, giv­ing its slim pro­file a bit of an in­dus­trial look. (www. jos­sand­ )

Lu­misource’s matte black Austin din­ing chairs also have an in­dus­trial vibe, and would com­ple­ment a rus­tic farm ta­ble. Or you could pair them with a din­ing ta­ble with mid­cen­tury panache, like the Aeon, a satin-fin­ished ash slab on matte, pow­der-coated steel legs. (www.way­ )

Pot­tery looks es­pe­cially chic in matte fin­ishes. Check out CB2’s Roz planter in cream or deep taupe, as well as the Hen­dricks vase, with a crisp, white, faceted mo­tif.

Room and Board has an ex­clu­sive col­lec­tion of porce­lain vases crafted by New York’s KleinReid Stu­dio, based on Hun­gar­ian ce­ram­i­cist Eva Zeisel’s modernist de­signs. Her curvy ves­sels, ren­dered in matte gray, car­bon and ivory, might adorn a ta­blescape or man­tel. (www.roomand­ )

At Hive Modern, Swedish de­signer Clara von Zweig­bergk’s Cirque pen­dant lamps were in­spired by her trip to Copen­hagen’s Tivoli district. Bands of spun alu­minum in matte hues sug-

gest play­ful carousels, cot­ton candy mak­ers and wheels of for­tune.

Jean-Marie Mas­saud’s Na­maste free-form melamine plates re­sem­ble flat stones, and come in earthy hues. The ge­o­logic

vibe is echoed in Pa­tri­cia Urquiola’s Phoenix cof­fee ta­bles, a se­ries of honed, low-slung lam­i­nate or wood ve­neer slabs perched on matte steel bases. (www. hive­mod­ )

The trend has found its way into the kitchen, too.

Both GE and BlueS­tar of­fer ranges in matte slate fin­ishes. Brizo has a sleek, matte-fin­ished faucet in

white or black. (www.geap­pli­; www.blues­; )

Wil­liams-Sonoma has a dra­matic suite of matte black Le Creuset cook­ware in its fall col­lec­tion. Can­vas Home’s Madrid cut­lery is ebony steel and ti­ta­nium. (www.wil­; www.can­ )

For crafty dec­o­ra­tors, the

new matte spray paints can be fun to ex­per­i­ment with, says Garlough.

“You can paint any­thing with it, and I do mean any­thing,” she says. “I’ve seen stylists paint ev­ery­thing from an old tele­phone to an egg­plant and turn it into an ob­jet d’art. It’s crazy how cool you can make some­thing look with a coat of matte paint.”


This un­dated photo pro­vided by Hive Modern shows Swedish de­signer Clara von Zweig­bergk’s Cirque pen­dant light. Zweig­bergk was in­spired by a trip to Tivoli in Copen­hagen to cre­ate her pen­dants. The shapes and col­ors evoke the wheels of for­tune, cot­ton candy ma­chines and carousels of Tivoli.


This un­dated photo pro­vided by Way­fair shows their Austin side chair. Matte black steel gives the Austin an edgy, sculp­tural look. Matte fin­ishes are trend­ing in home dé­cor as in­ter­est­ing coun­ter­points to pol­ished and tex­tu­ral fin­ishes.

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