Got Glam? Tips for Stylish Decorating

young woman seated at dining table featuring silver candelabra, crystal,  china and flowers

An older client recently told me she loved the glamorous trend in interior design and wondered if she was too old for this style. I quickly assured her, “age doesn’t matter one bit!”

Would you refrain from wearing Channel perfume or toting a Gucci or Louis Vuitton purse after a certain age? No ……….

Glamour or “glam” is both a lifestyle and an attitude. (My sister-in-law, a grandmother of two, refers to herself as “glam-ma,” instead of grandma, and I say, “go girl, more power to you!”) An upscale, chic, sophisticated decor reflects both.

So, how do you pull it off? This highly decorated style relies on certain colors, finishes, and textures as well as discriminating taste so it looks stylish and not materialistic or pretentious.

Black, white, cream, grey, and pastels like blush pink colors dominate a luxurious decor.

Pepper in some sparkle with mirrored finishes and glittered accents. Use metals like silver, aluminum, mercury glass, gold, or rose gold to achieve the ultimate glam look.

When it comes to textures – often the most overlooked design element regardless of which style you prefer – accessorize with today’s trendy faux fur or sheepskin throw, poof, or rug. Adding tufted furniture, be it a couch, headboard, or bench, exudes glam. Think of texture in your lighting as well; install a glass bubble chandelier in your dining room or a fluffy white feather and crystal pendant light over your vanity or nightstand.

If your budget is tight, there are some simple things you can employ. Glue long fringe onto the edge of your lampshade, add a mirror to the top of your bureau or cocktail table, or add molding around a frameless bathroom mirror. Try spray painting some pictures frames with a chrome paint. I recently purchased an attractive, three-legged, traditional side table in shiny aluminum from Amazon for under $70 and just love it.

In closing, incorporate some glam elements into your home to both feed your soul and to experience the power of interior design. Go girl!

With many satisfied clients since 2008, Barbara Graceffa owns and operates Secretary of the Interior in Quincy, MA offering decorating services at reasonable rates. If you want to suggest a blog topic or have a decorating, downsizing/decluttering or home staging project needing professional help or are interested in hosting a workshop or quilt show, please contact her via her website www.sec-interior.com or phone 617.921.6033.

By Barbara Graceffa

Barbara Graceffa, CEO of Secretary of the Interior, serves decorating clients; assists with professional organizing, home staging and moving assistance; teaches on these subjects; and delivers quilt lectures and trunk shows.

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