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How Silver Tones Can Sleek Up Your Interiors

How Silver Tones Can Sleek Up Your Interiors How Silver Tones Can Sleek Up Your Interiors
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This Greenwich Village pied-à-terre pulls off a laid-back personality by blending charcoal gray with warm, earthy accents. The living room features a daybed by Rick Owens, armchairs by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann upholstered in an alpaca by Perrine Rousse, and a dhurrie and striped kilim from Lawrence of La Brea.

Any design scheme can benefit from a hue that’s versatile enough to work well with neutrals and more playful, vibrant shades. Gray is that kind of color. Whether you’re going for a sophisticated aesthetic or a more laid-back vibe, here are some of our favorite living room designs featuring shades of gray.

If you follow the #1 decorating rule of using what you love, then add in a dose of each of the four magic words: color, pattern, texture, and shine, you’ll end up with a bedroom that is truly a restorative retreat after your long, tiring day.

A gray abaca rug by Merida lends this New York City apartment a laid-back, playful atmosphere, and echoes the gray of the sofa covered in a linen by Christopher Farr Cloth, chevron-patterned oak floors and the steel doors and windows by Crittall.

A fireplace and a basket of firewood lend warmth to this living room in a northern New Jersey mansion. Framed 19th-century English pressed plants line the walls, and the gray wallcovering is by Phillip Jeffries.

In 1stdibs founder Michael Bruno’s Tuxedo Park, New York manse, gray steals the spotlight as the living room’s sophisticated hue of choice. The sofa is slipcovered in an Osborne & Little chenille, the armchairs are by Jean-Michel Frank, the 1970s cocktail table and 1940s René Prou nesting tables were found in Paris, and the Regency-style mirror is 19th-century. The rug is by Mansour Modern.

A gouache by McIntosh and a custom gray banquette outfit the sitting area of a Moroccan riad. The walls are painted in a soothing Farrow & Ball’s Lamp Room Gray, and black-painted cement tiles line the floor. The cushions’s cotton-canvas fabric and painted side table were found in a souk. A pendant and sconces by maisonLAB complete the space.

A luxurious, yet family-friendly, Upper East Side home is outfitted with a sofa that’s upholstered in an Osborne & Little fabric, 1950s armchairs by Gianfranco Frattini, a resin-top cocktail table by Jean Brand, and a1960s daybed by Geneviève Martineau-Dausset. The photographs are by Rineke Dijkstra, the striking painting is by Friedrich Kunath, and the carpet is by Beauvais.

Gray and pink come together in a playful banter of patterns in this Manhattan apartment designed by Steven Gambrel. The gray rug is custom-made by Beauvais Carpets, a pair of Art Deco Swedish chairs is covered in a fabric by Mulberry Home and the cocktail table is custom-made. The paintings, from left, are by Philip Guston and Kenneth Noland.

Stick to solids throughout the rest of the room for a beautifully balanced look.

From sleek stainless steel in your kitchen appliances, to the chrome finished pendant lamps in your dining area, silver tones can make your interiors feel cool and sophisticated. Silver tones come in a variety of metals: silver, chrome, nickel, stainless steel, and of course platinum. If you’re looking for a way to make your spaces feel modern or vintage, silver tones are the perfect choice. Even your vintage collection of silver antiques can make your home feel classy and pulled together. See how timeless silver tones can transform your interiors.

Cool gray contrasts with a backdrop of warm wood and brick in this Los Angeles house. The Jens Risom lounge chair and Florence Knoll slate-and-steel cocktail table are both vintage. The sofa is Swedish, the wall sculpture is by Jason Meadows and a rug bought at a Marrakesh souk is over a Persian runner discovered at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

Along with doing what you love, you should know four little words when it’s time to redecorate. Pay attention to these four words, and you’ll end up with a space that looks as good as those rooms featured in the glossy home magazines. The four words magic words when it comes to decorating are color, pattern, texture, and shine.

In a contemporary New York City living room designed by Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson, subdued gray sectional sofas by Avenue Road, which are covered in a Great Plains mohair, take center stage. To complement the sofas, the duo chose a pair of vintage Gio Ponti armchairs from Karl Kemp Antiques, a glass cocktail table by Fredrikson Stallard filled with feathers, a round side table by Holly Hunt Studio, a table lamp by Charles Paris and a custom rug by Tai Ping.

If you are like many people, you might suspect that your bedroom décor needs a little something, but feel at a loss as to just what that might be. Instead of a peaceful sanctuary, the room feels chaotic or bland or sterile or forgotten. Though hiring a professional to spice things up is always an option, it’s never a necessity. You can operate as your own interior decorator, as long as you keep a few basic decorating secrets in mind. The number one secret is to go with what you love. That’s what gives your space individuality and gives your bedroom the welcoming atmosphere so needed at the end of a long, hard day.

In an Upper East Side home, the living room’s gray proves to be a soothing canvas for the room’s pops of art. The rug is by Beauvais Carpets, the custom-made sofa is upholstered in a Larsen silk velvet and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray.

Out of the four concepts discussed here, shine is the one requiring the most care in the bedroom. While reflective surfaces are used extensively in the kitchen and bathroom, and are common in the living room as well, a bedroom with too many reflective surfaces is overly stimulating and creates a funhouse feel. While every bedroom needs a full-length mirror for giving yourself a once-over before heading out in the morning, limit yourself to just a few of the following shiny elements:

  • Mirrored doors on nightstand or dresser
  • Shiny doorknobs
  • Metallic trim or threads in bedding
  • Metallic lamps or ceiling fixtures
  • Shiny alarm clocks or other bedroom electronics
  • Sheer, metallic glaze on the walls
  • Extra mirrors on the walls or mounted on the dresser
  • Polished glass or metal collectibles
  • Accent pillows with metallic thread, sequins or other glittery trim

Somewhere in between the drama of bright color and the tranquility of neutrals or muted tones lies the cheery, soft color of pastels. Not just for children’s bedrooms, these tinted hues can be quite sophisticated when mixed with darker browns, black or grays. Pastels are also an excellent way to make a small bedroom look a little bit larger.

An 1870s carriage house in Bedford, New York exudes historic charm with rustic touches—just take this living room as proof. The gray wool rug is a custom design, the sofa from Matter has cushions from Les Indiennes and Nathan Turner, and the pendant light is by Roost.

You don’t have to go crazy with pattern – just adding a few touches of a simple, classic design like stripes, dots, chevrons, florals or geometrics is enough to liven things up. Pick a design that mixes white with a brighter hue of a color used in your bedding, artwork or curtains, and you can’t go wrong.

In a Park Slope, Brooklyn, townhouse, gray adds an inviting touch to a living room design featuring a sectional by Living Divani, a side table is by Jean Louis Iratzoki for Retegui, and Italian vintage sconces. The mirror and mantel are original, and the leather Simon Hasan vase is from the Future Perfect. The walls are in Paper White by Benjamin Moore.

If you prefer a more serene bedroom, it’s easily accomplished with a palette of neutrals (but remember to add a brighter accent or two) or the spa-like hush of muted blues and greens, with a touch of cream, gray or brown for contrast. When decorating with muted colors that have gray or brown undertones, add extra lighting to prevent a gloomy feel when the sun goes down.

Gray is the cohesive force in a living room that celebrates Scandinavian aesthetic. The patterned rug is by Caravane and the floor lamp is Achille and Pier Castiglioni’s Arco for Flos.

The wide-open living area of this understated Tuscany home is anchored by a gray Golran patchwork rug. The midcentury T chair is by William Katavolos, Douglas Kelley and Ross Littell for Laverne International, and the flooring is bleached oak.

In a glamorous West Village loft that’s made for entertaining, the chic and sleek living room boasts a gray-and-brown color scheme. The 1940s club chair is by Jean-Michel Frank and, along with the 1970s Maison Jansen circular banquette, is upholstered in shearling and leather. The artwork is by Julian Opie.

  • Upholstered headboard
  • Rough wooden surfaces on furniture or accessories
  • Chenille or similar nubby bedspread
  • Mixed-fabric comforter
  • Wooly throw pillows or blankets
  • Carpet or area rugs
  • Glazed or faux painting techniques on the walls
  • Carved or detailed picture frames on hanging artwork
  • Curtains
  • Plants, flowers or other natural elements
  • Textured lampshades

A moody Russian living room features subdued hues, including gray, for a modern vibe. Rich, silk patterned curtains add a touch of luxury to the room.

If you’re ready to take it a step further, mix up your patterns. Mixing patterns might seem intimidating, but it’s actually quite easy. You can combine any variety of patterns as long as they share something in common: a color, a shape, a theme or a style.

The texture in interior décor is generally added by use of fabrics, though wood, natural elements, and even painted surfaces can also contribute. Keep your bedroom full of life with an interesting array of textures.

Freshome readers tell us how you use silver tones in your interiors. Do you mix and match tones, or keep them all the same? Tell us in the comment section below.

This apartment in Palm Beach celebrates gray that’s reminiscent of sand and sea foam on a cool day. The curtains are of a Holland & Sherry fabric, the Pierre Paulin swivel chairs are covered in a Maharam fabric and the table is by Maria Pergay.

Typically moody, modern gray takes on a bohemian personality in this New York apartment’s living room. The gray Iranian rug is from Double Knot and the similarly-hued midcentury furnishings include a pair of Nanna Ditzel chairs and a Hans Wegner armchair. The sofa by Wyeth is covered in a Rogers & Goffigan cashmere.

  • Area rug
  • Curtains
  • Bedding
  • Wallpaper
  • Lampshades
  • Throw pillow or blankets

When a once-abandoned farmhouse on Sweden’s Bjare Peninsula got a design-forward makeover, the living room embraced an all-gray theme—save for a few pops of playful yellow and warming brown. The gray sofas are by Claesson Koivisto Rune, the cocktail table and console are custom made, the pouf is Egyptian and the floor is lined with Douglas pine by Dinesen.

Gray finds its place between modern and mysterious in this sultry Truckee, California home. The curved club chair by Marmol Radziner is upholstered in a cowhide by Townsend Leather. The cocktail table, dining table, and sofa and armchairs, all covered in a Zinc Textile velvet, are custom designs. A custom-made silk rug tops a polished black concrete floor.

A striking Miami penthouse designed by Jean-Louis Deniot features a range of soothing gray tones. The sleek sofa is from Deniot’s collection for Baker in a Martyn Thompson Studio fabric. The pair of 1930s Jindrich Halabala chairs are in a JAB Anstoetz fabric, the vintage glass cocktail table is by Paul Frankl, and the gold side table is by Hervé Van der Straeten. The bronze-and-alabaster chandelier is from the 1920s and once hung in the Villa Kerylos in France, the indoor-outdoor rug is by Galerie Diurne, the artwork is by Franz Kline, and the shelf holds a Roger Desserprit sculpture (center) and a French 1940s lamp.

When it comes to metallics, don’t be afraid to mix and match bronze, brass, silver and gold elements. And when using glass in the bedroom, always remember to stay safe. Don’t mount heavy glass frames or mirrors over your bed, and use care with fragile materials near your bed, nightstand or dresser.

Having said that, it’s always a good idea to keep the bedroom’s primary purpose in mind – a place to get a good night’s sleep. While touches of bright color are one of the best ways to liven things up, it’s also best to keep the color under control. It’s hard to get shut-eye when surrounded by too many stimulating bright tones. When decorating with brights, either limits them to accents throughout the room or if you go bright on a major surface – the walls, the bedding or the floor – keep the rest of the room neutral to tone things down.

In a San Francisco home that’s designed akin to a fashionable gallery, the gray living room boasts a chalky sculpture on the floor called “Odalisque I” by Manuel Neri. The floors are polished concrete and the bookcase is a custom design.

Decorating With Color, Pattern, Texture and Shine The four words you need to know when it comes to creating the perfect bedroom

When a modern bachelor pad is transformed to accomodate family life, gray takes center stage. The ottoman is covered in a Kyle Bunting hair-on-hide leather, the photograph is by Darren Almond, the rug is alpaca and the floor lamp is vintage.

A little bit of shine adds zing to a room, but beware reflective overload. You don’t need an entire wall of mirrors or a slippery marble floor to shine up the bedroom. All it takes is a touch of metallics, mirror or glass to add the brightening effect of reflected light to your room. Shiny surfaces also help make a small room look larger.

When adding pattern to your décor, keep the look fun, not overwhelming, by limiting the use of pattern to just a few of any of the following:

A New Jersey mansion trades expected grandeur for cool and sleek with a gray rug by Doris Leslie Blau, a dark drawing over the sofa by Catherine Jansens, and a custom-made sofa covered in a Rogers & Goffigan fabric.

Sometimes, in an effort to play it safe, people decorate entirely in solid colors. That produces a space with large blocks of unbroken color: a solid floor, solid walls, bedding with no contrast, accessories that blend into the sameness. It’s a humdrum style, with nothing to attract your eye or open up a space. If this is the problem with your bedroom, the remedy is a pattern.

Room and room again proves that gray and yellow is the unexpected color scheme that consistently delivers charm. In Todd Alexander Romano’s home, the charcoal vintage sofa is upholstered in a Clarence House velvet, and provides a moody contrast to the burst of yellow in the curtains, which are of a silk taffeta from Brunschwig & Fils.

This one is obvious. Your palette sets the tone for your bedroom, so decorate the space with colors that you love and that make you feel good.

A Marrakech retreat juxtaposes vibrant colors with a foundation of gray. In the living room, the cocktail tables and pendant are by maisonLAB, the plaster fireplace surround is custom made, the vintage rug is Moroccan and the painting is by Raffone.

You will be surprised how silver tones can cool down your interiors while visually adding sophistication. Home decor trends show silver tones woven in fabrics and then used in area rugs or flooring. Experiment in your home and see how creative you can be. If you’re tired of boring interiors, add reflectivity in your flooring, ceiling, or walls, they will instantly add life to your space. Silver tones can be bold with glamour or subtly add sophistication. Choose your style and marvel in the transformation of your space with silver tones.

Most people understand the importance of color and pattern when it comes to interior decorating, but not everyone appreciates the need for texture. Imagine a bedroom with smooth wooden floors, shiny satin or polished cotton bedding and sleek lacquer or highly burnished furniture. With all smooth surfaces, the space takes on a sterile, unappealing feel. This is especially a danger in the contemporary or minimalistic bedroom but can happen with any decorating style. Whatever your favorite theme, it takes texture to add warmth, comfort, and interest to the room.

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