Use colourful, distressed chairs for a country look.
Like so many old farmhouses with small windows, the kitchen in Annie Sloan's country house is quite dark. In order to brighten it up, she wanted to introduce some colour by repainting these wood chairs from Brittany. It is a common misunderstanding that when a room is dark, it should be painted white, but white can just look grey and dull in the shadows, outlines Sloan in her book. Painting with strong pastels, on the other hand, will make a room look lively and bright. She used sandpaper on the chairs after the paint dried to give a worn, vintage feel.