Inspiration Boards

Modern Gray Interiors

Modern gray interiors sometimes get a bad rap as being cold, sterile and institutional.  No doubt some people are drawn to that steely gray with undertones of blue, but I’m not one who will ever be comfortable in a residential space that may be even remotely reminiscent of my 7th grade gym.   You don’t have to look far into my former blog posts to know that I actually love designing with grays, but I blend layers of gray tones, starting with something a little more complex and warm,  and then inviting shades of browns and tans to pepper the scene.  The result is much more dimensional and inviting.

The thing I like most about this color palette is that it is equally gorgeous in a very contemporary space, a shabby chic cottage, or a traditional living room.  And while most people assume the colors of nature to be greens, yellows and reds,  grays and tans are all around us in the natural world.

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modern gray interiors by design theory interiors of california

Gorgeous resin sculptural horses by Brigitte Eberl and photography by Josine Vingerling

 

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modern gray interiors by design theory interiors.com

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How to Mix Gold and Silver in Interiors

Lets hear it for that clubber still trapped in 1984.  For him the mullet never dies and Z Cavaricci’s can’t have enough pleats and acid wash.  And the 1990’s gym rat still carrying his protein powder in a fanny pack and so pumped up he looks like a balloon animal.  You have to somewhat respect a guy for diving into the Culture Club head first and committing for the long run.   But none of us is swiping right on that one.   And what does that have to do with learning how to mix gold and silver in interiors?

Trends are awesome but when you get too “fadtastic” you get mired in a time warp soup – even in your home. Unless you have the money to invest big dollars into changing up your interior design every couple of years, you’ll need to learn to balance the fad and the timeless.  In 2007 I was remodeling my own bath and I searched like crazy to find something other than brushed nickel and chrome.   We’d been using it in the design industry for years and I was burnt out.  so I wrote a blog post about the process and the upward trend toward gold-toned finishes that was just around the corner.   They were hard to find back then but they gradually started showing up at the furniture markets and gift shows in lamps, accessories and faucets.

Fast forward to 2016 and suddenly Z Gallerie has limited their silver finishes and introduced a barrage of golds.  Same with West Elm, CB2, Crate and Barrel.   The trends always trickle down from the interior designers and furniture manufacturers to the masses but it takes time.  And then it becomes the new Chic for everyone and it gets overdone and it becomes a trend that will date your home in just a few short years.

So I have just a few  suggestions for enjoying the new gold without binge decorating.  First, introduce them in smaller ticket items such as pillows, accessories or even lamps.  If in 3 years you’ve grown to hate gold, then you’re not breaking the bank to replace them.  And for goodness sake, store anything that’s still in great shape because gold tones will come back over and over and one day you’ll be kicking yourself for tossing out that gorgeous papier mache tray with gold leaf accents.  And finally, don’t be that guy who commits 100% for the long term.   Why do you think gold finishes went out of style in the first place?   Because we over did it and we got sick of it.  Then when the brushed nickel train came chuggin by we jumped on…….and again we were in it heart and soul.

So learn how to mix gold and silver in interiors by doing it delicately.  In fact, don’t write off black metals either.   Silver, gold and black  are not mutually exclusive.  In their contrast they actually compliment each other, adding layers of depth to an interior space.  If you’re a little hesitant about your ability to do so tastefully, I find the easiest way to set the stage is to start with one piece that has all of the patinas you’d like to use.   Take a look at the chandelier below (#1) or table (#2).   Both pieces contain silver, black and gold finishes.   This is your jumping off point.  It’s now easy to choose your favorite finish as the dominant patina and then break up the monotony by introducing hints of your contrasting lusters in a mirror, a lamp, or a pair of accessories.

Contact Jamie Kern at jkern@designtheoryinteriors.com for pricing and lead times on products below.

 

how to mix gold and silver in interiors by Design Theory Interiors of California, INc

  1. Chandelier by CB2
  2. Table by Caracole
  3. Dining Chair from Worlds Away
  4. Surya pillows
  5. Accessories by West Elm
  6. Mirror by Robert James Collection
  7. Cyan Design accessories
  8. Floor Lamp by CB2
  9. Bernhardt Chair
  10. Buffet by Robert James Collection
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Gray and Brown Home Design Inspiration Board

Not sure if my mind is craving constant stimulation or if I’m just not boring, but living in a monochromatic space doesn’t juice me up.  They’re absolutely gorgeous when well designed but it’s not what I want surrounding me in my own home.  I do love a beautiful neutral space but I like the dynamics of contrast and the way depth of color creates shadows and highlights.

This gray and brown home design inspiration board illustrates how beautifully you can create a neutral color palette with opposing hues that take advantage of those visual highs and lows, keeping us interested and wanting to revisit.

See links to vendors below.   For pricing and lead times contact Jamie Kern with Design Theory Interiors of California, Inc at jkern@designtheoryinteriors.com

Gray and Brown Home Design Inspiration Board

Gray and Brown Home Design Inspiration Board 2

Mr. Brown Home

Brownstone Furniture

Silver Coast Company

Nathan Anthony Furniture

Zentique

Lexington Furniture

Elaine Smith

Graham and Brown

Bobo Intriguing Products

Howard Elliott

Z Gallerie

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Aubergine and Navy Home Design Inspiration Board

If I could just unsee burgundy and hunter green …..

Everyone I knew in the early 1990’s painted one room burgundy and another room hunter green. Some tried their hands at contrast:   burgundy above the chair rail and hunter green below it in a single room.   The worst offenders mixed wall coverings.  At least with paint you can erase your mistake fairly simply and inexpensively but those wallpaper hoodlums lived with their bad choices through the passing of three more color trends, pretending all the way that they were ahead of the next burgundy/hunter green fad.

I say all that because I’ve created this Aubergine and Navy Home Design Inspiration Board and I don’t want anyone confusing Aubergine with burgundy.  Aubergine has a more blue than 1990’s burgundy.  It is a more sophisticated hue and it’s sophistication is heightened when paired with a deep navy blue.  And it’s just damn sexy!

What I like about this color palette is that it looks equally gorgeous with either gold/tan neutrals or palette or silver/gray neutrals.   I wouldn’t be averse to adding some very tiny hints of emerald green to add some depth, but listen closely, we aren’t talking carnival here.   Tiny hints of Emerald Green can be in the form of a pillow or accessory, but elegance jumps headfirst out the window if you overdue the green in this palette.

For pricing and availability, contact Jamie Kern with Design Theory Interiors of California, Inc. at jkern@designtheoryinteriors.com

Aubergine and Navy Home Decor Inspiration board

Aubergine and navy blue home design inspiration board

aubergine and navy home design inspiration board

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Home Design Inspiration Board – Green, Peach, Gray

Today’s home design inspiration board- green, peach, gray.

By now everyone who has followed my home design inspiration board knows that gray is my favorite neutral.  And I’m way more inspired by food than is probably healthy.   Gray is a really sophisticated neutral and it ranges in shades from steely, bluish  to warmer taupe.   And it works with everything.

So today I’m dreaming of Laduree macaroons in Pistachio and Coconut.  I swear I buy macaroons based on color palette.  I could be ordering Menudo or Chalkdust flavors for all I know.  My favorite part of the macaroon experience is the pretty box and then opening the pretty box to the beautiful sugar bomb inside.

Anyhoo,  these dreamy macaroons jumped off the screen at me.  Something about the soft Apple Blossom green and Bashful feels sophisticated but it works as well in a Glam living room as it does in a Shabby Chic bedroom.  These colors are more subtle and almost white washed so the combo is understated but still really elegant.   ‘Specially when you throw in some gray accents.

For pricing or purchase of items highlighted in today’s Home Design Inspiration – Green, Peach, Gray, contact Jamie Kern with Design Theory Interiors of California at jkern@designtheoryinteriors.com

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Links:

Jonathan Adler

Hooker Furniture

West Elm

Kirkland’s

Overstock.com

Luna Bella Lighting

One Kings Lane

Art Files Vicky

National Trust

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