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Decorating with Bright Pink

It’s time to break out a riot of color to show you some inspiration for decorating with bright pink! My last post was about Decorating with Light Pink so now we will ramp up the color level and show that although decorating with bright pink needs some thought, it is actually adaptable for many different spaces and styles of home decor.

Let’s start with the maximum wow factor! This bright pink and gold room is in the Palais de Compiègne about 50 miles from Paris.

Pink and Gold living room

The royal and imperial palace  was built by Louis XV and Louis XVI, and remodeled by both Napoleon I and Napoleon III. None of those guys was shy about showing off and the Palais de Compiègne was a center of power and court life. Although the decor here is probably too extravagant for most of us — and who has such high ceilings and amazing architectural details anyway? — there are some lessons to be learned about decorating with bright pink from this classic room. First, the tidy, formal symmetry helps contain the exuberance of the color. The gold and the white also punctuates the color to give it form.  The pattern on the upholstery also breaks up the solid color a little. Pink Dining Room Traditional Home

Here’s the updated 21st century version of that look! This photo from Traditional Home magazine shows how you can translate the French palace grandeur to your own home. It shows designer Robin Weiss and husband Bill’s Palm Beach vacation home. You’ll notice the same sense of symmetry as the French palace and the same use of white and gold, although with a greater emphasis on white rather than gold. This gives a lovely fresh look while still keeping the nobility with the gold mirror. There is also an ornate chandelier and two wall candelabra, which are important to show that yes, we really do want a sense of flamboyance! With this much bright pink, you don’t want to pull your punches or try to squash the energy by playing safe with too small or too ordinary light fittings. The textured floor covering helps ground it all too, and it adds a contemporary touch.

Pink Choiserie Leciester Room Chatsworth House

Another way to use strong pinks is in textiles and in decorative wallpaper. This photo shows the Leicester Room at Chatsworth House in England, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The 1830s Chinese paper on the walls shows how a fairly bright pink can look fabulous when it has a surface design on it to break up the color intensity.

Here’s the 21st century version, showing how to update the strong pink wallpaper look. The Balata wallpaper in this dining room in Boston is accented by white, gold and a crystal chandelier. This combo always helps lighten up the intensity of a deep pink while keeping true to the spirit of the color!

If you want to try using bright pink in a more restrained way, check out this gorgeous home in Atlanta which uses a bold pink textured wall covering as a feature wall. The color on the far wall creates depth and visual interest for this room, which might otherwise seem rather one-dimensional, despite the many patterned surfaces.  Again, white and gold are the major colors paired with the pink, so I think we are getting some good pointers about smart ways to plan our bright pink decor!

Pink Night Stand French HeritageAnother easy way to add bright pink is with accent furniture, such as this lovely new French Heritage pink nightstand.

The maple bedside table or 3-drawer chest has brass handles and cute castors to make it easy to move around. The strong raspberry pink trim on the nightstand makes it stand out and add a dash of color to a bedroom.

Have you decorated with bright pink in your home? We’d love to see photographs or hear how you use this gorgeous and uplifting shade!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 7 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

Decorating with Pink : Light Pink

I’ve been seeing a lot about decorating with pink this summer. Sometimes people can be wary of decorating with pink because they fear it might look too girly or sugary, but in fact pink is an incredibly versatile shade that can be used in lots of sophisticated ways. Whether you like the subtlety of ballet slipper pink or the elegance of rose, the softness of blush or a rich jolt of fuchsia, I’ve found some ideas to inspire you. In this first blog post I’m going to focus on decorating with light pink. Next time I’ll look at the livelier bright pinks!

UK Textile Designer Kate Forman English Country Charm

To prove just how elegant and yet comfortable pink can be, here’s a wonderful Country style living room with textiles by UK textile designer Kate Forman. She’s got the English country charm completely sewn up! Notice the pink ticking upholstery on the sofa and how it echoes the linear design in the rug and even the folds in the drapes, providing a sense of structure that makes this pink look very grown-up! Then Forman layers different prints in the cushions in a way that gently softens this quite formal space.

Black works brilliantly with a soft pink, including the slightly grayed out tones of the fashionable Millennial pink. As you can see from the otherwise quite traditional Farmhouse style bedroom in Boston, the black gives an edge to the pink and grounds it, removing any hint of saccharine sweetness and keeping the whole look fresh.

The black chair and sharp angles of the graphic black frames also ground this pink living room in Atlanta,  which looks a little like a sitting corner in a French boudoir to me, it is so inviting and arty! The pink chandelier really sets this space off. It’s a little like some of the pink chandeliers we have for sale on our website, including this nice new Cyan Design new Cyan Design Florence chandelier crafted in Murano glass style with cascading swirls.

Pink Chandelier FlorenceStepping up the color voltage a little, the living room cleverly mixes a soft pretty pink on the walls with darker tones of pink and pinky red to create a lot of depth and texture.

The eclectic feel of the room is wonderful and feminine and if you like that pink on the walls it is Sherwin Williams Paint Color Bella Pink. The pink is offset by green cushions, which is a classic color combination and you often see pink and green together in Art Deco design.

Pink Bathroom romantic

Decorating with pink can be a short cut to setting a romantic mood, as in this delightful pink bathroom. I think I might add a few more fresh flowers or a large plant in the corner, but the pink tub and the handsome fireplace already set establish a romantic Old World mood.

The ballet slipper pink wallpaper by Ralph Lauren also evokes an elegant turn of the century feel in the in the powder room of this Victorian home in Minneapolis. I’d probably want to choose a slightly larger wall sconce with a bit more decorative impact, but the overall impression is serene and graceful.

I hope that this post about light pinks has got you “in the pink” about decorating with pink. In my next post I’ll show you some bright pink decor schemes and how to update the classic bright pinks for today’s homes!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 7 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

Transitional Style Decor: The Best of Both Worlds

One of the most popular and versatile interior decor styles, the Transitional style is elegant and harmonious, drawing on the best of both traditional decor and contemporary looks. This school of design offers both the warmth and classic appeal of traditional homes, but updates the look with contemporary clean lines.

Alden Parkes Transitional Dining ChairStreamlined silhouettes and gentle curves create a sophisticated atmosphere that strikes a nice balance between casual and formal, masculine and feminine.

Furniture such as chairs, tables and sideboards will feel familiar and comfortable in that they draw on traditional furniture, but the profile, finishes and upholstery will be pared down to give that contemporary edge.

The furniture will create interest through the use of high-quality materials and crisp and strong design, like this Alden Parkes dining chair in our online store and the San Maria gray Transitional console below.

San Maria Console Transitional
There are no fancy curlicues and frilly or ornate carvings and embellishments in the Transitional style!

The color palette tends to be neutral, including cream, taupes and browns, gray, and grayed out greens and blues. Monochromatic color schemes are tonally layered to create interest without visual clutter.

Jonathan Charles Wine TableThe understated effect might be given a hint of color with a few artworks or accessories, such as a bold jewel color or a tangy citrus tone or a pretty pastel on a throw pillow, lamps, or vase. But this is kept to the minimum rather than having many pops of color punctuating the space.

This bold red Jonathan Charles wine table is a perfect example of Transitional style.

Furniture Classics Bar StoolTextiles and upholstery are usually a solid color or very subtle design, rather than a big or fussy pattern. The design interest comes from textures!

Fabrics for upholstery and soft furnishings often combine textures including natural fabrics, slubbed linens and coarse weaves, and the mixture of matte and shiny surfaces. In this way, though the neutral colors might be the same, the effect is layered. This creates a lot of depth and an inviting mood.

This Furniture Classics bar stool with a chocolate brown weave is a perfect example of the textured neutral look.

Displays of ornaments and artwork treasures are usually fairly restrained, with a well-edited display of a few pieces that serve as focal points, rather than the more traditional approach of displaying a lot of pieces across many surfaces.

Strong, simple and serene are the watchwords for this light and easy Transitional decor style. We have many beautiful pieces of high-quality Transitional style furniture and home accessories in our online store, so browse around and get inspired!

Do you like Transitional style? Leave a comment in the comment box and tell us about your Transitional style decor!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 7 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

Client Spotlight: Jonathan Charles Santos Tables Klismos Chairs

I loved seeing these photos of the new Jonathan Charles Santos tables and Klismos chairs in our customers’ home. I especially love seeing the living room all beautifully decorated for Christmas! Our clients Dawson and Randy in West Granby, CT, bought the chairs and side tables in two separate purchases more than a year apart, but the pieces blend together perfectly, as does everything else in their living room. This couple has a great sense of style!
Jonathan Charles Santos Furniture in Client home

Let’s start with the chairs in the front of the photo, loyally guarded by Mr. Waggles the dog! The new Jonathan Charles Santos chairs are based on Art Deco styling from the 1920s and the Klismos chair design boasts the curved splayed legs that were a feature of the Klismos chairs first created by the ancient Greeks. Splendid satin rosewood veneer complements the black leather upholstery and ebonized arms and legs add the finishing touch to these chairs.

Jonathan Chalres Santos Ebonized Rosewood tableOn either side of the sofa you can see the new Jonathan Charles Santos Collection side tables. The curved ebonized legs and gorgeous rosewood table top make a great match for the chairs.

The overall effect of these exquisitely crafted pieces is timelessly elegant and serenely sleek.

They are ideal for Dawson and Randy’s living room, which is so nicely tailored with an emphasis on the crisp tones of black, white, and red.  The Christmas tree makes the space look very festive!

 

Jonathan Charles Santos Furniture in living room

Here’s a view from another angle. Mr. Waggles hasn’t moved an inch! He looks very comfortable surrounded by this chic room design, which also offers a warm welcome thanks to the red tones and the softening effect of the blinds alongside the clean lines of the furniture.

Jonathan Chalres Santos chairs

This final view shows the marvelous height of the space. I enjoy the wall art and the panel, and the way the checkerboard tile floor that we can glimpse in the hallway adds to the classic Art Deco feel of this room. I imagine that Randy and Dawson will enjoy some very merry holiday celebrations in this space! And I also love that they included Mr. Waggles and Beanie the kitty in the photos. If you can’t see Beanie, look by the right leg of the console table in the hallway…. Beanie is black and white and well-camouflaged!

Thanks to Randy and Dawson for sharing your photos and getting us all in the holiday spirit, as well as giving us all lots of great home decor ideas with your supremely elegant home.

Browse other items in the Jonathan Charles Santos Furniture collection at this link.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Antique French Hunting Nightstand

Our creative customer Sarah K, in Seattle, WA, bought an antique French Hunting nightstand from us, but she had other plans for this lovely piece rather than put it in the bedroom. Sarah placed the French Renaissance Hunting style nightstand in her living room and we think that’s a great idea. When Sarah sent us these photos of the nightstand in her home, she said, “We love it!” We do too!

Antique French Hunting style nightstand

An antique nightstand or bedside table works beautifully as an end table, side table or accent table or as a hall table or plant stand. The cupboard provides storage and the drawer also gives you space to slip small items like coasters or perhaps your remote controls. The two levels offer plenty of space for your bedtime reading and other nighttime necessities, but if you are not using the cabinet in the bedroom then that shelf provides space for a stack of magazines or to display a pretty bowl or small collectibles.

Antique French Nightstand

This photo shows more of Sarah’s elegant living room. I love how she ties the room together with blue and green in the sofa, blanket, pillow, painting, house plant, and also that little decorative blue bowl!  This angle also shows off the decorative appeal of the barley twists on the nightstand. They give a structural look that is quite noble. The lower cabinet is framed with carved swirls and the cupboard door is accented by a square panel.

Antique French Hunting Nightstand cabinet

This gives the full gorgeous effect from the other direction! We actually have a similar antique French Hunting nightstand in the store at time of writing, so if you are interested in snapping it up for yourself, get in touch soon and ask for item number 18-16!

Sarah is not the only customer who took a creative approach to her antique nightstand. Our customer Kathleen G.  in Arcadia, OK, uses her Henry II nightstand in the kitchen. You can see how well that works in our blog post Creative New Use for Antique Nightstand.

Thank you Sarah for sending photos of your lovely home and we hope you enjoy using the antique French Hunting nightstand for many years.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Client Spotlight: Dale Tiffany Lamps Fly to Mexico!

Dale Tiffany Lamp Simon Table LampJeri contacted me to see if I could ship a pair of beautiful crystal and chrome Dale Tiffany lamps to her home in Mexico. This is the Dale Tiffany lamp that Jeri chose for her living room. She explained that she and her husband had retired to Puerto Vallarta so I couldn’t help but ask some questions to find out more!

It turns out that that they fell in love with Puerto Vallarta after visiting on a vacation and then returning for dental work. She and her husband sold everything and flew down to Mexico with five suitcases and a Siamese cat. What a lucky cat!

Jeri jokingly said that all of their friends and family thought they were crazy doing something so unpredictable at the age of 72.

Dale Tiffany Lamps Simon Table LampsJeri is now refurnishing her condo and spent a year searching in Mexico for just the right lamps, but couldn’t find the what she wanted. I was thrilled to help decorate her retirement condo in Mexico. You can see the pair of new Dale Tiffany lamps (item number DY-550) on the two end tables by the sofa. They look very elegant and the crystal and chrome design of the lamps reflect the light and bright feel in the room. They are a wonderful match for the  tasteful neutral decor. The two Dale Tiffany lamps also create a frame around the focal point of that terrific piece of art over the sofa.

View from our client's window of her retirement condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Of course, I asked to see the view out of the window that the lamps will now enjoy – and what a view it is! Jeri lives on the marina and enjoys a view of big beautiful yachts.

Thanks for sharing the photos of your home, Jeri. We don’t think you are crazy at all and we wish you many happy years in your Puerto Vallarta home, illuminated by your new Dale Tiffany lamps. Now I am dreaming of sailing away, or at least of visiting Jeri in Mexico!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.