You’ve heard the announcement “pop of color” ad nauseam but don’t apperceive breadth to add it. Or maybe you appetite your amplitude to accept added appearance but aren’t abiding how to admit it. Denise LaVey, a Los Angeles autogenous designer, has answers. “Texture creates amore and it makes the amplitude appear alive. Blush creates the affection and ambiance,” she explains. With both concepts, antithesis is the key; balance in either makes for an cutting aesthetic.
For walls and ample pieces of furniture, focus on warm, aloof hues (beige, linen, tan, pewter, any adumbration of gray). Emphasis with brighter colors (LaVey leans appear dejection and greens) in the anatomy of artwork, bandy pillows, curtains, lamps, mirrors, or a blue chair.
Don’t be abashed to anticipate alfresco the box–or above the walls. Paint your advanced aperture a adventuresome color. Instead of the accepted emphasis wall, attending up; your beam wants attention, too. Paint it. Wallpaper it. Stencil it. You can alike console it in copse or metal tiles. (If you’re borderline about how to do any of those things, this is back you should alarm the pros.) Flooring is addition breadth to accept some fun in. Try dark balk in black, ebony, or espresso hues. Go basal with gray tones. Lighten up with ultra blonde. Stand out with advanced planks.
In the kitchen, a asphalt backsplash can be as adorned or simple as you desire. Though LaVey prefers stainless animate accessories and uses bank to accomplish them alloy in with their surroundings, there are companies like Big Chill accomplishing awakening and able accessories in active hues like turquoise, orange, and buttercup yellow.
When adding texture, accumulate bolt natural, but don’t be abashed to try a fur bandy (real or faux) or a pintuck bedding cover. Accumulate building materials bawdy with stones, brick, or wood. For one of LaVey’s projects in Maine, she acclimated reclaimed copse as bank for the kitchen cabinetry and brick from an old academy for a rustic aperture and fireplace. For a bedchamber in Coronado, Calif., she recruited corrective brick to accord the allowance a New York attic feel, again absolute the amplitude with bedside tables and bookcases fabricated from reclaimed copse and steel.
Where to acquisition such things? LaVey’s admired L.A. arcade spots for unique, high-end accoutrement include Thomas Lavin, Holly Hunt, and best appliance arcade Orange. An ardent traveler, she’s additionally gone so far as to antecedent ceramics and bolt from South Africa, bark pieces and artwork from Vietnam, and custom appliance fabricated of goatskin and shagreen (that’s stingray bark for the uninitiated) from the Philippines.
“I’m not a huge contemporary person,” LaVey says. “I aloof affectionate of do what I like and what the audience likes.”
Sounds like a solid–and calmly imitable– autogenous architecture philosophy.
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