Interior stylist and author of Bazaar Style Selina Lake has done it again, spellbinding me with fresh photos in her portfolio. Her talent at styling everything from a mantel vignette to a tented outdoor sitting area is insurmountable, but I will take a shot at recreating one of the stunning rooms in her portfolio. I was taken by this rich living room with its chalky eggplant and gold palette and I thought you might be too, so here we go. To see my thoughts on recreating this space, read more.
Beyond its architectural details, the elegance of this room relies heavily on accessories and curves. Without the cohesive palette of its pillows, throws, candlelight, and ornate mirror, this room would be quite lackluster. Beyond that, the furniture doesn't necessarily make a bold statement, but the curves of each piece tie it all together and parallel the femininity provided by lush textiles and ornate details.
But first, begin by painting your walls a chalky gray like Benjamin Moore Cloudy Sky (2122-30).
On to furniture. A Chesterfield sofa like the one shown here with nice, rounded arms isn't hard to find. Use a nightstand with feminine curves as a side table. If you can't find a gilded one, lay on a couple coats of gold paint. Choose a dark wood coffee table with a nice silhouette. Your armchair should have comfortable curves, and a soft fabric like velvet.
And finally, accessories. Royal shades of eggplant and gold rule this room. Go with rich velvet pillows and plush throws, a splash of gold sequins, and a dose of gilded hand-carving in your candlesticks and mirror.