As we all know, Halloween is quickly approaching. I don’t do a lot of decorating or party planning in honor of this holiday, but I do love it’s requisite scary movies. I tend to look beyond the story and characters of any movie, and mentally track down the props and set dressing.
Last week I was lucky enough to catch a seminar at the Benjamin Moore showroom where they revealed 2014’s color of the year, Breath of Fresh Air, #806. Following the current pastel trend, this pale, subtle blue can beautifully fade into the background and become the “new neutral” that the company dubbed it. It is accompanied by a palette of 22 other colors that can be found here.
Accurate color samples are difficult to show on a computer screen, but this wall color represents #806 pretty well. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more interiors like this in the coming months!
As I may have mentioned before, I work in reality TV. Below are a few living areas on the show Ink Master, where several people live, work, compete and (occasionally) argue with one another. Ok, they argue quite a bit, but that’s what makes it good! And why not do it in a really cool, well furnished loft?
Ink Master is a tattoo competition on Spike TV; so the style is industrial, a bit rock n roll, and the opposite of precious. However, too much of that can leave us (and the cameras) craving some color. After adding a Sandra side chair in red and some framed prints, the space became more stylish and accessorized.
The Ernest console from Arteriors looks very vintage (and weighs as much as an anvil), and the print is an enlarged antique lithograph. We reupholstered a Gordon Tufted Sofa in a gray cotton to make it look a little more casual than it did originally.
The wall, done in Benjamin Moore’s Evening Sky, added a bit of (my favorite) color while keeping the manly vibe. We also had a budget to keep in mind, so we used the following affordable pieces: a vintage light fixture from Rejuvenation, the Gordon armchair from Home Decorators Collection, and the 118″ drapes are from IKEA. The Luster Area Rug, also from Home Decorators Collection, adds that much needed bit of texture (and it looks really expensive in person!)
The worn cigar leather of the Kensington 2 Seater from Timothy Oulton, complemented the existing brick. Adding the modern, velvety (& on sale) Everett Armchairs prevents it from being too traditional or monochromatic. The faux-distressed and budget-friendly Twilight Area Rug from Home Decorators Collection gave more texture. The added bonus: on television, it looks like a one-of-a-kind, antique rug. Watch the season finale next week and see if you agree!
RL ’67 Swing Arm Wall Lamp • Circa Lighting
Everett Armchair • West Elm
Element Industrial End Table • Zin Home
‘Sahara’ Midnight • Kirkby Design
Edison Caged Sconce • Restoration Hardware
Ernest Console • Arteriors
Twilight Area Rug • Home Decorators Collection