What makes a design style glamorous? For sure it is highly stylized, decidedly of a feminine bent, all the while remaining sophisticated. Ahh, glamorous takes it even one step further. It adds an exciting quality that makes a room seem extra special. When we think glamour we often think Hollowood……..sequined gowns perhaps, glittering jewels. When we think of glamour the word luxury often comes to mind. Upscale, shiny, gleaming or posh. Together they create an environment that is definitely luxurious. It is often thought of as a whimsical style, one that beckons us to retreat to, a place to pamper ourselves . Why whimsical you might ask? Because it is where we can create a place that is more fantasy than the reality we often find ourselves living in. Kids, a husband, pets…… our femininity often becomes muted, placed on the back burner, or forgotten. I often think longingly about a room where I can be a total girly girl. Glamorous is refined, not extravagant or gaudy – a fine balance that teeters on excess, and I think one of the most difficult to design. It creates the illusion of a pampered yet refined Lady living there.
So what pushes decor from elegant and sophisticated to glamorous? Usually high end furniture and decor, particularly statement pieces such as lacquered or mirrored. Elegant color schemes using neutral colors with shimmery finishes or details. Lots of tone on tone, metallics, sharply contrasting prints and patterns for contrast. Fabulous and luxurious fabrics such as silk, satin, velvet, and soft woolens, faux fur perhaps. The total look is almost understated yet obvious. It can’t be totally glamorous without crystal, in a vase, or best of all, in a chandelier. Let’s look at some rooms and after, do tell if this is secretly your style.
When I was eight years old my Mother wanted to decorate my bedroom in our new home. She brought home a French Provincial bed with a champaign colored satin tufted headboard. I wasn’t overjoyed with it, but I pretended to love it because I remember so well how excited she was. My Mother was a very talented decorator and the room was beautiful…..but I was into dogs and horses and tag and climbing trees and all the things that a girl had to do with neighbors that were all boys, a brother and only boy cousins on both my Dad and Mom’s sides of the family. My only feminine friend was Joan, and she had 3 brothers. I found my feminine side in junior high and never really lost sight of it, but life has a way of whittling it away to some degree unless you work at it. I have always loved dressing for formal occasions and miss it sometimes. However, when it comes to decor, I am drifting more and more to wanting a space that speaks to my feminine side more. And it needs to be glamorous. A gal can dream………
Thanks for stopping by. Laters, charisse