Distressed bedroom furniture usually refers to any type of bedroom furniture which features worn, antiqued, or rustic characteristics.
Distressed furniture is especially common in homes which have a cottage or farmhouse look, although it is becoming more popular with virtually any style decor. Homeowners will often combine newer and sleeker items with one piece of distressed bedroom furniture. In this case the item would act as an accent piece and add character to the room.
In most cases when someone thinks of distressed bedroom furniture, they typically think of items which are deliberately worn.
Naturally distressed furniture may also have stains, dirt, and other discoloration. Furniture which is severely damaged or worn is not the same as deliberately distressed items since only mild flaws are considered suitable. The term “distressed” is usually used when discussing furniture which is well cared, showing naturally occurring forms of aging but without unsightly blemishes or loss of function.
There are varying degrees to the distressed look a piece may have. Some items have a slightly faded appearance on the outer edges of the wood or metal exterior, while others may feature cracking paint, worn wood, scratches, uneven paint or finish markings and other imperfections. In distressed bedroom furniture, these marks are usually there intentionally.
When creating distressed bedroom furniture, it is a good idea to stick with colors which are suitable for the style of the furniture so that it looks naturally, rather than artificially, distressed. Other types of distressed bedroom furniture may feature actually worn and distressed wood but in a new item. For instance, old barn wood from disassembled barns is often used to construct new furniture. This gives items a worn appearance but with the stability of real wood furniture.