Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Glamour Living Rooms
Classy and chic, but never vulgar, glamour styling creates a sophisticated, comfortable living environment. To the envy of anyone with young children or boisterous pets, pale neutral and pastel shades are used exclusively on walls, floors, and upholstery, with reckless disregard for practicalities. There is a larger-than-life, film-set side to the look that favors accents of gilt and sparkling glass on furniture, soft furnishings and themed accessories, to accentuate a sense of grandeur and luxury.
In glamour styling, there is a healthy cross-fertilization between styles and periods. The look borrows an overall feeling of elegance from the town house idiom, and sets it in delicate, light color schemes and clean-cut furniture arrangements gleaned from the Scandinavian style.
Color and pattern scheming: The first commandment of glamour styling stipulates that all surfaces and soft furnishings are pale or shiny. Discreet self-colored jacquard and damask fabrics and brocade shot through with gold thread are favored over conspicuous, colorful patterns.
The notable exception to the pale-only rule is the use of a little black or dark navy for dramatic contrast on woodwork, furniture, or upholstered furnishings.
A prolific use of gilt and gilding adds a rich gleam to instill a vital feeling of luxury and extravagance into the look. To replicate the effect, you can use inexpensive gold wax polishes or paint to accent the detail on moldings, furniture, and picture frames.
Walls: Creamy neutral or pale pastel shades dominate the look - peachy pink is a favorite color. Wallpaper is subtly colored, maybe with a faint self-colored stripe or a damask-style or moire pattern. To capture some of the architectural extravagance of stately homes, you can use trompe l'oeil wallpaper borders that mimic cornicing or balustrades between the wall and ceiling or around the wainscoting.
Fireplaces: An imposing fireplace, preferably in real or mock marble, provides a significant focal point for the room. Embellishing your existing fireplace with corbels and moldings, then painting the whole assemblage white gives it an appropriate sense of grandeur. Alternatively, a simple arrangement of two large corbels supporting a glass mantelshelf looks very effective.
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�2007, Kathy Burns-Millyard.
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