Sometimes, small changes can make a big impact and go a long way towards making a room look and feel more chic. Take the room above for example. It contains three elements that elevate almost any space. Can you guess what they are? Let’s take them one at at time…
It’s funny that a change so small and so subtle can influence the atmosphere of an interior so much, but it does. Many designers swear by the adage that every room needs something black. Lampshades make an excellent candidate. Look at what they did for these rooms…
Elettra Wiedemann’s apartment is both daring and chic. The carved peacock chair and furry sheep add a touch of whimsy; while the pair of towering brass lamps in the background maintain a sophisticated air with their black lampshades.
This Spanish flat is a sea of white, accented by pops of color and eclectic finds. Yet again, a pair of brass and black lamps lend a refined note to an unconventional space. (This room actually features 2 of the 3 elements discussed in this blog.)
In a more traditional setting, like this dining room by Miles Redd, black lampshades rear their heads once again–this time bringing balance and unity to the space.
Although animal prints are sometimes dismissed as tacky, the right animal print in the right dosage can work wonders in a room. Cases in point…
Charles Spada’s French Chateau is a restful, beautifully curated space. The in-your-face leopard sofa is a surprising choice that energizes the sitting room and takes it from feeling predictable to feeling impossibly chic. It lets you know that you’re in the realm of a confident decorator.
This little vignette gets a boost thanks to the python print frame around the mirror that adds loads of interest with its subtle pattern.
And if you still weren’t convinced of the merits of animal print, this ought to seal the deal. It’s Ryan Korban’s dining room with a zebra rug. Korban often uses animal prints in his monochrome interiors, which are always envy-inducingly chic.
Finally, how cool does this tiger pillow look in this traditional-leaning bedroom? It gives the room a delightful little jolt.
Whether suspended from the ceiling, resting on a table, or hung prominently on the wall; abstract art always seems to harness a tremendous amount of power and impart soul to a space. The result is almost always extra points in the chic department. Take a look…
“It adds impact and a fun element,” says Christiane Lemieux to Family Circle of the abstract mobile that hovers above her dining table. I think she’s being modest. It makes the space feel uber cool.
Andrew Gn’s second home in Paris features an abstract sculpture by Merete Rasmussen that–again–is an unexpected choice that surprises and delights.
And lastly, a painting by Cecily Brown (perhaps one of the most expressive abstract painters and a favorite of yours truly) enlivens this Miami dining room that can only be described as chic.
The moral of the story is that small changes can truly impact the chic factor of your home. Try switching out a tired lampshade for a sophisticated black one. Toss a little animal print into the mix. Or, grace your space with some abstract art. Any 1–or all 3–of these options might give you a whole new appreciation for your home. Happy decorating and experimenting!