Shades of Grey Can Transform Your Space into a Romantic Playground



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Fifty  Shades of Grey paints an opulent portrait of a steamy sexual relationship, but you don’t have to desire your own “red room” to incorporate some of Christian Grey’s lavish lifestyle choices into your personal space.  The fact is, just about all the décor you see in the industrialist’s lofty apartment is available from Elegant Interior Designs, and can help set the right mood for romance.

A sensual space arises from a combination of furnishings, fabrics, art, layout, lighting and colors.  Curved lines, like those of the Desire Sofa and Chair seen on-screen, can evoke the contours of the human body and deliver comfort, visual appeal and a sense of extravagance.   Circles and amorphous shapes, maybe best illustrated by Grey’s Burlsesque Table subliminally promote a free-flowing environment…one in which anything can happen.

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Lighting, for its part, should be provocative rather than harsh, and if you can dim those lights, all the better.  Strategically placed floodlights and accent lights can create a climate conducive to seduction, while putting the focus on other design elements.  Decorative sconces, such as the ribbon-like Chloe sconce seen in the film, can also add a dramatic flair to a subtle form of lighting.

Chloe Sconce

And dark, tasteful colors can provide aristocratic elegance to any space.  Grey is the new black, and shades of gray can create a mood that no white can duplicate.  Greys also make a dramatic backdrop for colorful art and other decorative pieces.

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Vivre Sconce

Finally, don’t let your desire for desire overshadow your personal tastes.  Your style might run toward the flamboyant – like Christian Grey’s eye-catching Guilt Mirror – or the more staid, epitomized by the Sinful Cabinet.  You might go for spare seductiveness, embodied by the Exotica Dressing Table seen on-screen, or something more statement-making like the hexagonal Hypnotic Chandelier.  Other Grey-like pieces that can inject your individuality include the captivating, industrial Vivre Sconce or the nature-evoking Sequoia Table.

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Most of us aren’t kinky titans of business, but you can implement these design choices; all you need is a romantic’s sensibility and an eye for things that make you feel good.  Many of the furnishings seen in the film are also available in a variety of fabrics, colors or  materials, so you’re not bound by some Hollywood set decorator’s vision of sensual.

Of course, a creative designer can help you put it all together.  And if you just have to have that exact piece you saw on screen, Elegant Interior Designs can help with that too.

How to Create a Romantic Ambiance



The month of February is the perfect time to take a break from your busy schedule and celebrate with your loved ones. Romanticizing your living space is ideal for setting the right mood.  Here are a few tips for making the perfect ambiance for you and your Valentine.

The pictures below display Pamela Kofsky’s Valentine’s Day themed work for a benefit at the Marketplace Design Center in Philadelphia.  As you can see, Pamela incorporated all the tips suggested to make a decadent table setting.

Isn’t this romantic?

Lighting
Setting the lights on a dimmer will create a more romantic ambiance.  Add tealights, votive, pillar and tapered candles to your table to create an enchanted look.   This will create sensual lighting which will provide mood enhancement to accompany your romantic meal.

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Think of setting the table as setting the color.  Incorporate a lot of red since this evokes the most emotion associated with love,  warmth, excitement and

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Bedroom Bliss: MASTER SUITE



No Kids? Why not treat yourself to a modern upgrade? 

Is your master suite is stuck in the 70s, 80s or 90s? If you have waited long enough your bedroom might be back in style but it might be time to update the textiles in the room. Yes, you can work with existing furniture in your room and still have a successful makeover.  Focus on items that wear or may be outdated. Consider alternating existing room features: from wallpaper to paint, carpet to hardwood, floral to patterns, mirrors to framed art.  Don’t forget new linens, new wall color and finish, wall art, accessories and even refinishing your furniture a lighter or darker finish.

Tips for Getting Started:

  •  Keep vs. Sell/Donate
  •  Create a Color Palette
  •  Furniture Placement/Room Layout
  •  Flooring vs. Carpet
  •  Wallpaper vs. Paint

 Things to Consider:

  •   Lighting and Room Ambience – Softer Lights work Well
  •  Explore Window Coverings, Shades, Blinds to Control Morning & Evening Light
  •  Is there room for a sitting area or an extra room to convert to a sitting area?
  •  Can you maximize natural light in your room?

Remember: A bedroom is meant to be a place of rest and comfort.

For Kid’s Room Ideas Check out our Kids Room Blog!

** Need help getting started? Seek Professional Help and you can Enter the Summer Room Makeover Contest!

Bedroom Bliss: KIDS



Believe it or not, another school year is just around the corner. As time flies and you may be realizing that your kids are all grown up.  Maybe the dinosaur, trains, or space themed bedroom is outdated, especially now they are entering middle school.  Below you will find tips for updating any bedroom space. Remember when it comes to your child’s room trends come and go quickly. If you are selecting a theme choose carefully unless you are OK with constantly updating the room to fit the age range.

 Tips for Kids Bedroom Makeover:

  •  Bold Colors
  •  Shapes
  •  Patterns
  •  Customized Wall Decals (Removable)
  •  Window Treatments
  •  Reversible Comforter

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