Black and Brass - Get the Look

Black and Brass - Get the Look

I'm really loving  black and brass these days. Why? I've been watching a lot of movies from the 70's and early 80's and marvelling at how fashions, or particular eras of fashion, at which I once turned up my nose, are now bountiful sources of inspiration. 

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Going Gold

One of the hottest trends this year continues to be warm metallics. While copper was big last year, we've now turned to the more classic look of gold and brass. This is good news, as a classic look tends to hold better over time than trends that burn hot for a short period. Metals are also a great way to add sophistication, or even glamor, to your rooms. From lamps to planters and accessories, we've got some simple ways that you can incorporate this look in to your decor without breaking the bank or having to re-do an entire space.

Going gold - warm metals like gold and brass are hot right now. We'll show you how to bring them in to your living room, dining room or bedroom without having to change a whole space.

Lighting

Lighting is one of the most over looked areas when people are decorating, both in terms of budget and style. Taking a bit of time to find a few fixtures with real distinction can make a huge difference in the look of your space. Here we've got two examples that show a wonderful warm metal tone in two contrasting styles.I'd be happy to put both of these in the same space. Don't be overly worried that everything you have is from a matched set, or even represents the same style.  If you have decided on an overall look for your space that is a bit eclectic or mixed, lighting is a great way to show a bit of contrast.

Gold and white pendant lights

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Gold table lamp

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Accessories

Quick and easy, dropping in a few gold or brass accessories around your room is a fast way to bring in some metals. Everything from trays, to candle holders, book ends, vases and small statues can help define the look of your space. And pineapples, you say? There a classic and I kind of love them.

 

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gold pineapple

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Tables and Stands

Changing a major piece like a coffee table is a great way to bring new life into a space. But smaller pieces like plant stands are also an option if you don't want to commit to something big. I recently found some glass and brass nesting tables at a vintage shop and immediately threw them in my living room for a bit of shine and style. Quick, easy and I can move them around for different looks.

Brass and glass coffee table

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gold and mirror panters

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Mirrors

Everyone knows that mirrors are a great way to add a bit of light to your space, but they are also fantastic decor elements if chosen well. If your taste runs to the simple, go for a plain rectangle with a gilt frame. But if you are looking for a bit of a statement on your wall, think of something like the pentagonal mirror here. It serves the multi-purpose of adding light and creating a pointo f interest in the room.

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Gold mirror

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Kitchen Trends: Mixing It Up

Looking to 2016 and beyond, a kitchen trend to watch will be a move away from looks that stay strictly within one aesthetic to those that mix it up. So rather than the all-white kitchen, or completely urban industrial room, a more relaxed mix of looks and materials is on the horizon.  I love mixing things up for an eclectic finish, so this news suits me just fine. But for many, it can seem difficult to achieve a mixed look that stops at just the right level of diversity without becoming simply mismatched. In reality, it's not. Here's a few tips to show you how you can get the look.Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 9.27.11 AMOnly mix and match a few: By this I mean, choose two main looks you are interesting in contrasting - say modern with bit of country. Very Donny and Marie! Then choose your color range. Again, keep it simple and within a few colors. Once you've done this, you'll then have a range of materials that you can choose from - marble, wood, metal. You can use a bit of variety here, but step back periodically and make sure you're not just firing in something else for the sake of it. Our choices here: In the example above, we've gone for a modern/traditional mix with some very modern stainless fixtures and lower cabinets with more traditional items like the Aga range, wood floor and kitchen accessories and cookware. Our color scheme is primarily a simple mix of white, greys and natural woods tones. Contrasting with the warmth of the woods and textiles are the shiny metals, glossy cabinets, and the marble tiles.

Source this look:  1. Arrabesco Carrera Tiles | 2. Pendre Mirror | 3. Luftig Range Hood | 4. Sektion upper cabinets | 5. Sektion lower cabinets | 6. Bamboo Island top | 7. Oak Driftwood Flooring | 8. Loloi Anastasia Rug | 9. Aga Legacy Range |  10. Kraus Stainless Steel Sink | 11. Hansgrohe Faucet | 12. Cyan Design Canisters | 13.  Le Creuset Dutch Oven | 14. Food for Thought Tea Towel | 15. Sur La Table Crate and Bottles | 16. Windsor Whistling Kettle

 

Inspiration Board: Going Grey

Using grey in your decor only sounds boring. In reality it is color that can achieve a very classic, grown up look. It can also look a bit cold for some people's taste, hence people often shying away from using it as a primary shade when they decorate. If grey and chrome is your look, go for it! But if you want to retain some warmth while still enjoying a calm, grey palette, we've got and inspiration board with some tips for you to design a beautiful, serene space that still gives a cozy feeling of home. Inspriation board with tips on decorating with grey while keeping a warm and sophisticated look in your living room or any other room. Using warm metals like bronze and gold, greenery and soft textures.

Visit us on Polyvore for links to everything on the inspiration board.

Decor: Chinoiserie, in a limited dose.

Disclosure: I LOVE Chinoiserie. If you're not familiar with it, well, you probably are and just don't realize it. This decorative and artistic theme that uses imagery of China (real or what we imagine it is/was like)  can be seen around the home in everything from drapery to wallpaper to vases and other decor. When the decorator or home-owner goes full bore with it, it's quite a spectacular sight. Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 1.00.15 PM

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But Chinoiserie is a big look to commit to and many find it overwhelming, or even too pricey to go whole hog with - especially if you are thinking forward to when you want to redecorate again in two years ;)  If you want to incorporate this gorgeous look into your decor, we've got some great tips here on adding it in measured amounts.

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Writing this post has me in a chinoiserie state of mind, so I've reached for my small touch - a single serving teapot that doubles as a pretty piece of decor. Why not make yourself a nice cup of tea and start thinking about covering some panels or getting a throw cushion or two?

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Inspiration: Decorating with Pastels

Using pastels in interior decorating need not be over-the-top girly. It can create spaces that are warm, inviting and calm. Here's an inspiration board that shows you how to incorporate some beautiful, soft pastel tones into your living room decor. The soft pink and blue palette is complemented by the textures of natural fibres and knit decor. Lush! Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 2.08.13 PM

Our top tips for using pastels to create this effect:

  • Consider natural wood tones in your furnishings.
  • If you use metals, keep them in warm tones, like brass or copper.
  • Choose only a few main colors in your palette and then use tones of these throughout the room.
  • Use natural, soft textiles around the room - drapes, poufs, rugs, throws and cushions.
  • Go with a neutral on your big items, like sofas, and on the walls. This keeps the pastels form overwhelming the space.

Comfortable and classic living room decor

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You hear this a lot from clients - the desire to have classic, well designed living room decor  without sacrificing comfort. And too often people think it can't be done as they equate comfort with a lack of style. Not so, my friends. Today we have an inspiration board for you that shows an easy way to achieve a comfortable, cozy living room, without resorting to the overstuffed and overdone look. comfortable and classic living room decor inspiration board[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Inspiration Board: Golden Glamour

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There's nothing quite as sexy as a glamorous bedroom with the shimmer of gold. The problem with this look can be, frankly, tipping over the edge from glamour into Alexis Carrington on Dynasty Circa 1984.  While I do love Alexis, a modern take on glamour with a little restraint is probably a better look for most of us. So how do you achieve glamour without going overboard? We've got the tips to help you achieve this.

Golden Glamour board
Golden Glamour board

These boards are one of the tools we use in our Interior Design Room Packages - affordable and they give you everything you need to make you next decorating project a success. Learn more here. 

Decorating Inspiration: Tropical Decor Lite

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I love big bold colors, and tropical rooms can really show those off. But for a lot of people, it's just too much. Many folks don't want to commit to that much POW in their home - and that's perfectly understandable. So today we bring you some tips in achieving that lush, tropical look, without having to transform your living room (or bedroom, or sunroom....)  into the deep, dark jungle. We'll call it Tropical-Lite, though unlike the lite beers of the world, there is nothing bland or watery about this.

Decorating inspiration for tropical and botanical bedrooms and living rooms

 

I know wallpaper seems like a big commitment, but on a single wall, or a two tone wall where half is wallpaper, it becomes less overwhelming, both in appearance and application. And peel-off wallpapers for rentals or anyone without the stomach for arduous removal (and that's all of us, right?) is becoming more readily available.

I've included a palette of Sherwin Williams colors. I use their color systems, but these paint numbers can be matched at most paint counters.

So if you've ever thought about getting a little more lush in your home, try a few of these tips. And don't forget to add a tropical drink. I'll bring the little umbrellas![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]