I am not an Interior Designer, nor do I profess to be one, but I do appreciate the aesthetics of a well-decorated space and I enjoy refreshing areas in my home periodically to keep them welcoming and cozy as well as up-to-date and pleasing to the eye.
With that being said, anyone that follows the latest trends in home design would know that the warm tans and beiges of several years ago have been replaced with the cooler gray tones of today. Additionally, the brass accents that some of us swore off forever, have made an impressive comeback.
Although gray is the star of the show today, there is still something to be said for a tan or beige room and the coziness that it provides with its warm and welcoming allure. So how do you achieve that same feel when updating your colors to gray? My simple answer is to pack your room with multiple patterned “soft spaces”. These include your curtains, accent chairs, pillows, rugs, throw blankets, etc. Throw out every rule you might still hold for styling your wardrobe with differing patterns and embrace them in your space.
In the room pictured, I have a bold black and white color scheme layered on top of a pale gray wall. The numerous black and white patterned soft spaces in the room provide an eye-pleasing depth that swirls your focus around the room and ultimately welcomes you into space. The added brass accents give off pops of color as well to keep the room exciting. I also like to add in as much greenery as I can without inundating the space with it. The result is a coziness free from the sterility that often comes from utilizing cooler color tones like gray. I hope you enjoyed my personal tips and hope you will tune in next month for more.
Sarah K. Young