Warehouse renovation and the reinvention of industrial space for residential use has redefined décor. Here, sophistication is raw, elements unfinished and concepts of repurposing and redefining reign. If you’re as inspired by the industrial trend as we are, here’s a short list of basics to help achieve the look that has taken interiors by storm.
Repurpose common and utilitarian items into decorative pieces with an emphasis on vintage finds. Architectural objects (like stained glass doors) and everyday items (such as scissors, rusty barn hooks, tractor seats and old books) become new and intriguing when used in decorative ways.
Mix fixtures and materials in a balance of “modern meets natural” and look to the unconventional for a new twist on oversized art. Here, more IS more, so layer it on in an eclectic mix to warm up the cool sophistication of functional design.
Knowing your manufacturing metals such as brass, steel, iron and copper is a must. Choose furnishings with their origins in industrial applications such as retro office furniture or fixtures with exposed mechanical detailing. Plumbing pipe has practical application from handrails to hardware, and subway tiles are finally getting out of the train station!
This is the perfect environment for play, experimentation, adaptation and invention, so most importantly, enjoy your space and be comfortable in it. Welcome to the new Industrial Revolution!
Oscar night 2014: Beautiful people, beautiful designs. This year the red carpet Haute Couture was all about capturing the light and dimensional surfaces. Once again York’s wallcoverings parallel the runway fashions; our library of designs is guaranteed to create spaces that put your home in the spot light!
Red Carpet. Black Tie. In true black tie tradition the stars line the red carpet with clear red, sophisticated black, stunning white and shining metallic. Pretty Jennifer Lawrence wears red with panache, a perfect foil for her blonde tresses, just as York’s striking red Townsend emulates the soft swish of fabric that drapes from her slender waist. Kelly Osbourne, so suited to her clingy white Mischka gown with romantic gold embroidered caplette, adds an element of romantic allure as does Ronald Redding’s The Plaza design with luxurious glass beads. Margot Robbie in her sparkling St. Laurent gown with surprising cut out in the back, looks elegant with a definite nod to whimsy, just as Candice Olson’s Impulse swirls beautifully in black fantasy for walls. And of course, Lady Gaga captures the spot light with her Versace gown reminiscent of the glory of Art Deco, as does Candice Olson’s Stardust design with its gleaming Mylar stylized damask.
Bring on the Bling! What better way to stand out on the red carpet than to capture the light with strong accents of gleaming sparkle and metallic. Equally at home on designer gowns or designer walls. Just look at Emma Watson in her sporty Vera Wang that shimmers from all angles as does Ronald Redding’s Mica design. Or Angelina Jolie’s Saab gown that sparkles with the light of a million beads just like Carey Lind’s Whirl Wind motif with its glitter dust. And Anne Hathaway with her slim metallic Gucci gown, unabashedly dynamic as is York’s Vogue motif on Mylar from WallpapHer.
Not so Nude. New this year to the Oscar Red Carpet is Nude and it makes a statement equally strong to the traditional black and white formal dress code. Not just any nude, but neutral for the stars with layers of dimension and sumptuous glimmer. Portia de Rossi is no wall flower with her retro floral halter gown with intricate crochet, nor is York’s Toss the Bouquet pattern with its retro daisy motif and layers of glitter. Cate Blancett all but floats in her dimensional Armani dress, the movement of its shimmering petals creating an ethereal aura as does the dimension of Charma. And Sally Hawkins – where to begin – the layers of sheer beautiful detail in this Valentino gown would be over the top in anything but nude, similar to the pretty Drybrush Damask design with its layers of iridescence and glitter that are toned to perfection in neutrals. No longer is beige boring!
Blues on the Horizon. The black tie spotlight gets shared this year with glamorous blues from twilight through cobalt to sky. Sandra Bullock’s midnight blue McQueen gown reflects the light and shimmers with every movement she makes as does Just Groove by Ronald Redding with its deep navy and reflective silver highlights. Lupita Nyong’O captures the beautiful froth of sea and sky in her effervescent Prada gown that glows softly like the shimmer of York’s Winterscape design with its tiny crystals and glowing blue background. Amy Adams clearly understands that cut and color is not just for diamonds. Her Gucci gown needs no further accent – its depth of color and stylish lines make a statement on their own as does York’s Primal pattern. Watch for blues to grow in importance on both runway and home design in 2014.
Let the Oscars inspire more than your closet this year! No matter what your level of sophistication is, there is a York wallpaper that will dress up your walls and put your room in the spotlight. Visit yorkwall.com and prepare to be inspired!