There are some wall decor items that always make me pause and take a closer look at a room, even if I've seen them a thousand times before. Put them in a stark modern loft or a cramped bohemian library; they'll catch your eye and make the room.
We've seen these little plaster forms skyrocket in decor popularity in the last decade. Put them in modern frames, group them in multiples, line a hallway. They always look crisp and refined, but simple enough not to appear stuffy.
• Gilt frames and mirrors.
Maybe it's that they're so
eye-catching and so
over-the-top, but gilt frames can get away with murder… ok, not murder, but definitely trespassing. You'd think these flashy beasts would read pretentious, or turn a room gaudy, but often in high contrast settings they can actually make a room appear lived in and relaxed.
• Mercury Glass Mirrors.
Age usually elicits at least the air of refinement, wisdom, and intrigue, which is exactly what makes these murky mirrors so attractive. The patina alludes to a story, without the country flair of chipping paint.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen maps grace all sorts of rooms… probably on this blog… probably within the last five minutes. Kids' rooms, bathrooms, on the ceiling, they work just about anywhere.
Even seeing them flung far and wide across blog land, I'm still intrigued by busts. They can be pretentious, light-hearted, ironic, austere, but they always make a statement.
What other classics would you add to the list?
(Images: 1. Veranda, 2. Rum, 3. House Beautiful, 4. Marie Claire Maison, 5. Nuevo Estilo)