Banish the winter blues with these golden hues and glittery accessories. Here are 5 of our go-to tricks for insta-glam.
1) Louis XVI-style chairs: Louis XVI chairs--of which there are many, many variations--really class up the joint, adding a historical vibe to even the most contemporary spaces. Use them around a formal dining table, and you've got boatloads of sophistication; pull them up to a farm table and you've got an eclectic vibe. The style dates back to the late 1770s, when Louis XVI ruled; although, let's face it, Louis' wife Marie Antoinette was far more interesting. For a primer on the history of French chairs and a rundown on the differences between all the Louis chairs, look here. We're pretty crazy about old world inspired chairs at D. Luxe Home and always have a few tucked around the shop. Check out our "Kensington Armchair" for a good example of one of these chairs. I also love the Louis Ghost Chairs made of lucite. In fact, lucite almost made it onto this list as a category all its own.
2) Metallic wallpaper: I don't get to put wallpaper in the homes I do at Bynum Design because they're mostly spec homes, but I want to. Oh, I want to bad. I'm looking for the perfect wallpaper with concentric circles; in the meantime, I love Hygge & West's "Petal Pusher" line of wallpapers, designed in collaboration with blogger Joy Deangdeelert Cho. Besides traditional wallpaper rolls, it's also available in removable "wallpaper tiles" that are great for small spaces and the backs of bookshelves.
3) Chandeliers: We've rhapsodized about lighting fixtures on this blog already, but we really can't say enough about the statement-making power of a big, beautiful chandelier. If it's glamour you're after, go for a fixture dripping in crystals. We keep lots of chandys on hand at D. Luxe--both for visitors to the shop and for Bynum Design clients whose new homes need the perfect finishing touches.
4) Crystal candlesticks: Classic, classic, classic. Dress up your tabletop with a pair of surprisingly sexy candlesticks that even your grandma would approve of.
5) Gold finishes: Gold is tricky and can go terribly wrong. But thanks to the trend toward gold and brass, there's now a wellspring of gilded furniture, fixtures, and accessories that hit all the right marks. One of my favorite applications for gold is to gold leaf a small wall in a foyer or on a ceiling. Lamps and side tables with golden hairpin legs can also go a long way to dial up the glam.
What's the most glamorous thing in your home?