Lux­u­ri­ous and comfortable are key

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate - Kim Cook The As­so­ci­ated Press

Adding a flour­ish of luxe com­fort can give a room a sexy, ur­bane, yet re­laxed vibe. No won­der so many de­sign­ers and re­tail­ers are re­spond­ing to the trend.

At this year’s Kips Bay Dec­o­ra­tor Show House in New York, de­signer Charles Pavarini’s lounge in­cor­po­rated a f loat­ing mother-of-pearl-clad fire­place, a hand-carved pi­ano, a vel­vety ot­toman, and ac­cents of mir­ror and metal. It was a room in which all things might sparkle - decor, drinks and dis­course.

Novem­ber’s Metropoli­tan Home mag­a­zine ex­plores what glam­our means to var­i­ous de­sign­ers. Some think shape or pal­ette, oth­ers con­sider scale. Matthew White looks for “lan­guid sen­su­al­ity” while Jonathan Adler thinks “a room must have wit to be glam­orous.” Metropoli­tan Home also gath­ered 200 pho­tos from the last five years into a new book, “Glam­our: Mak­ing It Mod­ern” (Fili­pac­chi).

Glam­our is about light, tex­ture and scale in dra­matic in­ter­play. Think re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­als: mir­rors, brushed metallics, lac­quer. But­tery, bur­nished leathers and cham­pagne fin­ishes - Cindy Craw­ford’s new ta­bles for JC Pen­ney are af­ford­able op­tions.

Metal­lic wall­pa­pers and paints like Ralph Lauren’s “Re­gent” se­ries place the glow fac­tor on the walls.

Look for silk, satin and linen fabrics, and or­ganic el­e­ments such as crys­tals and pearls, rock and fur. Ex­per­i­ment with pat­tern: Baroque, clas­sic lat­tice and stripes tend to work well, but there’s noth­ing like a well-placed an­i­mal print to get a room purring. And while muted tones work well with this style, deeper hues look equally rich.

In her new “Glam­orous Rooms” (Abrams), Jan Show­ers finds in­spi­ra­tion in decor icons like Dorothy Draper and Billy Bald­win, as well as the movie sets of Al­fred Hitch­cock and An­thony Minghella. “Un­der­stated, so­phis­ti­cated, per­fectly el­e­gant”, en­thuses Show­ers.

But beau­ti­ful rooms should be re­laxed, too. “Com­fort has to be a top pri­or­ity,” she says.

If you find your­self stand­ing at the edge of a beau­ti­ful room not dar­ing to go in, what’s the point? The best glam­orous ac­cents in­vite us to sprawl, shoes off and feet up; to be en­ter­tained by the fur­nish­ings.

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