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.

desire sofa and chairDesire Sofa & Chair

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.

“Fifty Shades of Grey”



Grey is by no means a new color, however we are seeing a lot more of it in design, patterns and materials throughout the design process in both fashion and interior decorating.

Adding Shades of Grey to your Home:

A light or dark shade of grey will make for a great accent wall in a living room, kitchen, office, bathroom and even the nursery. Using the concept of an accent wall select a dominant color on 3 walls and on the 4th wall, usually the featured wall with a piece of wall art or furniture use a darker shade of the color.

Other ways to incorporate softer or bolder shades of grey is through accent pieces and accessories in the room and home.

  • Place Settings
  • Throw Pillows
  • Area Rugs
  • Picture/Art Frames
  • Vases

How about these amazing photographs from Houzz.com – featured below a few highlights from tile to accents to accessories to wall color.
Where would you like to add a splash of grey in your home?

Traditional Dining Room design by Austin General Contractor Avenue B Development
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