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Have you ever heard the saying, "You either love it or hate it, there is no in between"?

People usually use the phrase when talking about something unconventional or controversial they adore or loathe. It's a way to acknowledge that a taste or trend is not for everyone, and that passion is expected and even welcomed. Life would be boring if we all loved the same things.

Wood furniture is something that can be surprisingly controversial when it comes to home decorating. There are the purists who adhere to traditional wood stains to bring out the natural beauty of walnut, pine and cherry wood pieces. Then, there are those who bend the rules of tradition by exploring with color.

While we certainly love both, and I have a mix of the two in my home, today we're celebrating beloved painted pieces. They are a great way to refresh and rejuvenate your home and, of course, add a pop of color.

Painted wood furniture is everywhere you look.
Painted wood furniture is everywhere you look.

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You can find painted wood furniture almost everywhere you look.

For those easing into the trend, gray, white and even shades of blue are perfect for beginning your collection. The shades play nicely with natural wood finishes and upholstery alike for a touch of brightness wherever you might want it.

This allows for a mix of old and new styles that create a breathtaking display in any home. A simple color means you can also play around with different textures, as well — whether that be a colored stain or a fully lacquered look — without overwhelming your space.

If you want to make a bold statement, go to the other side of the color spectrum. Perfect for kids' rooms and avant-garde decor spaces alike are the pinks, reds and greens of the world. Manufacturers have drastically expanded the range of colors and shades of wood finishes they carry.

Adapted from nellhills.com. Katie Laughridge is the owner of Kansas City interior design destination Nell Hill's.

A simple color means you can also play around with different textures as well, whether that be a colored stain or a fully lacquered look, without overwhelming your space.
A simple color means you can also play around with different textures as well, whether that be a colored stain or a fully lacquered look, without overwhelming your space.

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