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Regina-Andrew Arc21" Metal Wall Sconce
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- T. Jackson, Interior Designer
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Living in a state that is on the coast, I am here to tell you that there is a way to achieve the nautical home style without being too thematic. There are a lot of nautical elements that I love, like antiqued finish mirrors, stripes, even rope! Whether you think you dig the nautical style or not, I hope that this little round up will show you there is a more stylish side than the nautical style you might be used to.
Take this living room for example! It has a nautical, modern feel to it. The colors scream nautical with shades of blue, whites and reds. There's lots of fun elements like the rope ottomans and driftwood inspired coffee table.
Please notice that not everything in the room screams nautical. To pull off this look, you just need a few elements and the right color scheme. You could even have less on-the-nose décor than this room and still pull it off. Maybe a pretty antiqued brass mirror? The more round the better! A sofa similar to this navy one above would be perfect and a great staple for any living room style.
As for how you can create your own... Here are a few ideas!
Let’s start with the sconce lighting. The Franklin Iron Works Nautical Bronze Outdoor Wall Light definitely has that seaside town feel to it, don’t you think? It would look awesome lining a hallway, lighting up a living room or even on the back porch. I love the industrial feel to this light too. Very chic!
The artwork is a favorite of mine. A classy sailboat blueprint design, like this Flat Bottom Blueprint Wall Art in a rustic frame. I love it! This would look amazing in a nautical chic space.
And the chair... Well, let’s just say that I want this Horizontal Stripe Accent Chair with or without the nautical theme! The stripes bring in both the nautical look while adding some modern style to the room as well. You really can’t go wrong with stripes! This chair would be a great accent chair in a living room where you're trying to get a seaside feel to your home decor.
So what do you think? Would you try the nautical look in your home?
Image: Arcadian Home
Image from Simply Grove
There are so many options when it comes to color palettes for your home. You can go bright and bold or serene and calm. Whatever you love, one color that fits right in to any modern home style is black. In fact, black is timeless and looks striking in any space.
Whether paired with just a monochromatic palette or mixed in with color, you cannot go wrong with black.
Image from Indoors Outdoors
One big reason why I’m such an advocate for black is it hides stains and dirt. In fact black tile is a great option for bathrooms and kitchens. And lets talk about the black ceiling in the top image. Amazing!
This minimalist space above has a few details that I can’t get enough of, including that simple black stove. Against the white wall, it looks like a perfect architectural detail. It also picks up on the black legs of the stool, black books and black speaker.
Image from Fancy
This kitchen has a few layers going on. We see wood, white, color and brass. The black on the wall seems to anchor the room and create a cohesive space. Who says that you can’t mix and match!?
Image from Coco Lapine Design
For a dramatic look, paint one wall in your space black. It will create a cozy feel with a bit of sophistication. And modern lighting always looks great against black!
Images: Simply Grove, Indoors Outdoors, Fancy, Coco Lapine Design
Image from Smitten Studio
How do you tastefully display sentimental photos and objects at home? You know those hard-to-cast-off keepsakes that just don't fit the aesthetic of your home?
Try extending the gallery wall concept beyond photos into art and knick-knacks.
Image from Curated House
The Curated House offers a perfect solution (pictured above) for that teddy bear you can't bring yourself to throw away. Frame it. You'll love the look and your guests will call you creative rather than creepy.
Update all those stuffy things you're hanging onto by mixing-in found objects for an eclectic look. Pick a palette and accent accordingly. Use boxes to hide the truly unsightly keepsakes.
Photo and Styling by Daniella Witte
With photo walls, go monochrome. Weddings and the annual family picnic group shot may not make for sophisticated design. But in black and white your gallery is instantly design-friendly.
Image from Decor Envy
With your keepsakes arranged, how do you light them? Many modern wall lamps with clean and simple styling are a perfect fit for an eclectic wall. Spot and swing arm designs can be directed to enhance focal points. Or hang a pair of designer-inspired mini pendant lights on either side of your tableau. This visual cue effectively "frames" the scene.
In the end, sentimental photos and objects are what give your home heart. With some creative treatment, they can look surprisingly good in the process.
Images: Smitten Studio, The Curated House, Daniella Witte, Decor Envy
Image from Better Homes & Garden
Clients and friends often think that in order to make a statement in a room they have to use color. While color is one great way to make a statement, there are other ways to do so as well and drum shade chandeliers are one great option.
Texture, pattern and size are three of my favorite design elements to do just that. Lighting is one of my favorite items in a space, and making a bold statement with elegant drum shade chandelier designs can be a great way to draw the eye up, making the ceilings feel taller, room feel generally brighter, and cause guests to "ohh" and "aww" over the room.
Image from Elle Decoration SE / Wink Chic
Fabric Hardback 14-Inches-W White Lamp Shade / Woven Burlap Brushed Steel 10 1/4-Inch-W Ceiling Pendant
We happen to love neutrals at our office, so these white and natural colored drum shades definitely caught our eye.
As you can see from the inspiration pictures, using a white or natural shade allows your eyes to breath, scanning the whole room without bursts of color breaking up the harmony and flow. When you use a neutral color, play with the size of the shade, chandelier or pendant, as this can be a great way to bring big impact to a simple design.
Images: Better Homes & Garden, Elle Decoration SE, Wink Chic
1.Latitude 2 Satin Nickel 22-Inch-W Gatco Wall Mirror 2.Brushed Stainless Steel George Kovacs Wall Sconce 3.Besa Darci Modern Satin Nickel Three Light Sconce 4.Elton Espresso White Marble 30" Wide Floating Vanity Set 5.Destiny Contemporary Silver Two-Light Vanity Mirror
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