Ever want to be a Rock Star? Well get your rocker on with some of the new design styles that are trending. Remember last week how I talked about “dark and moody” (see “Highpoint Market 2013 Update: Show Us Your Dark Side“) Well that ties perfectly with another design trend we saw at market, the whole naughty rock star meets gothic gal mash-up. Key elements: skulls, thorns and horns, hammered metals, studs, leather and of course black. But this is not so manly, its more…messy. Just think “a hot mess” of design. Now this design trend may be more for the Millennial Generation, and you are probably thinking more Soho than Suburbia, but who doesn’t like a little..bad to the bone?
Urban chic, yet gothic, black can take center stage in any room, on a rug, on a wall, on a bed. Mix in a few crosses, and gothic elements, add some moody lighting and I can see a super cool den, lounge, or bedroom. Favorite black wall colors are Farrow and Ball Railings, Off-Black, and Pitch Black. We just painted a friend’s powder room Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn. It’s fantastic.
Those of you who know me, know that I would like this trend! I still remember the black handkerchief dress I wore to sorority rush at Miami University freshman year, when all the other girls wore Lilly Pulitzer. But now the fashion world has grasped this trend and named it “rocker chic”: leather jackets with studs, tissue-t-shirts and flowing skirts with killer boots. Why can’t you do that in your living room? Take the gorgeous lighting Currey and Company introduced at market by celebrity jewelry designer Shannon Koszyk. I have always said, “lighting is the jewelry in the room”, well Mick Jagger wears chains crafted by her, you can have her gorgeous Antiquity Chandelier be the centerpiece of your living room, all sparkly and wild? Mix in some leather with great nail heads, some hide on hair accessories, and contrast it all with some stark white. This look is cleaner than you would think, more minimalist.
Religious elements seem to be important – maybe its all that reference to the dead, or the walking dead in some cases, crosses, crowns of thorns…it’s the whole gothic, mid-evil reference. Linda and I found a terrific place in Rocky River called Devout Home – very stylish home accessories that are handmade with a religious, spiritual slant.
And the skulls… skulls were everywhere on wallcoverings, fabrics, and accessories, even lined up alone, mixed with antique books. This may be a little morbid for you, but anatomical drawings and elements have been on trend the last few years. A fascination with body parts per sea.
So dark and moody, or gothic and glamorous, have a happy and safe Halloween!
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