Day 2 of my recent trip to Kravet Blogfest began with a private tour for all the bloggers of the famed Kips Bay Show house. I’m not going to write about the rooms because there have already been dozens of blogs and articles written about the house, the designers and the decor. Instead, I would like to share what I saw as the top 3 trends.
1. Lacquered walls, ceilings and furniture. Lacquered furniture has been popular for awhile now but the show house featured several rooms with lacquered walls and ceilings. Many of the colors were deep jewel tones and although beautiful, a note of caution; best to use a professional if you want this look in your own home. This is definitely not a D.I.Y. painting project.
The dining room had lacquered dark teal walls with a gold leafed ceiling.
I loved this bathroom with turquoise lacquered walls, moldings and vanity. It felt like being inside a jewelry box. I also loved the giant round gold mirror that took up the entire wall.
This purple lacquered ceiling was certainly the focal point of this room.
2. Large scale art. Almost every room featured LARGE scale art work. I especially liked the triptych photographs of pond reflections that was hanging in the second floor hallway. Large scaled photography is certainly something you can create for your own home as long as you have a decent digital camera (10-12 megapixels). I also found several online sources that will make large canvas sized prints from your images that won’t break the bank. One that I just recently looked into for myself is Modern Digital Canvas.
The “lounge suite” created by Louis Garcia-Maldonado had two of my favorite pieces; a large photo of Kate Moss
and this wall sized painting of a woman floating in a pool.
3. Wallpaper. If the show house walls weren’t lacquered they were wallpapered. Personally, I have very mixed feelings about wallpaper. The house I grew up in had wallpaper in every room so I have some good memories of it, but I have also spent countless hours removing it from 2 different houses we’ve owned. I do appreciate the look though, especially for powder rooms, bed rooms and entrance ways. I found “La Petite Writing Room” so peaceful and soothing. Can’t you just imagine curled up in that chair writing lovely notes to all your lovely friends?
The “Modern Family Room” had very graphic black and white wallpaper along with black lacquered trim and moldings as well as a light purple lacquered ceiling.
The sitting room below incorporated all three trends; large scale art, gold lacquered ceiling and wallpaper.
My favorite wallpaper in the show house also made the biggest statement. It is a new Fornasetti design of fish from Cole and Son. Obviously this would not be for everyone and I would probably tire of it in a year or two but I thought it was so fun in this sitting room.
After the show house tour it was off to the Hearst building and an HGTV sponsored lunch. The inspiration and fun just kept on coming!
What’s your favorite trend from Kips Bay? Do you have any of them in your house?