February 19th, 2016

Did you ever watch the Oscars and wonder what it would be like to be one of the favored few walking down the signature red carpet on Oscar night?

I sure did. As a teenager I dreamed about being a part of that magical night. My dress, jewelry, makeup, and hair were perfect as I waved to the crowd while slowly making my way into the auditorium.

As an adult I still watch the Oscars each year, but no longer do I dream about walking that red carpet. It’s not likely that I ever will and that’s O.K.

However, as a designer, I realize that every client wants a little bit of magic in her home. Something that elevates the heart and makes her feel as special as the brightest star on Oscar night.

Freshome.com recently shared an article about this very subject. You may already have a few of these design elements in your own home.


1. Red-Carpet Accents

The rich, bright color of the Oscars’ red carpet is legendary. The tone goes well in so many environments that it’s worth adding some in a room. Lamps, throw pillows or a lacquered tray are great, affordable ways to add some red-carpet chic to any room. Or why not take the theme literally and add a red carpet to your hall?

2. Glamorous Palettes

Try one of these classic, Oscar-worthy color combinations to create a Hollywood-glamour look in your home:

  • Black and white (as shown above)
  • Shades of white (or white on cream)
  • Cool grays and platinums

3. Incorporate Gold

Gold is the perfect metallic to add a luxe look to your home. There are various shades and finishes that mix together beautifully. And gold is the hottest metallic tone in interior design. Some great ways to add this luxe shade to your home include:

  • Silk or satin curtains or throw pillows
  • Small accents like boxes, candle holders or bowls
  • Lamps or occasional tables
  • Metallic wallpaper

4. Sparkle and Shine

Nothing says Oscar style more than sparkle, and there are many ways to add it to your space. You can’t go overboard when going for glitz and glamour, so add it in as many ways as you can think of. Some ideas for finishes that add the sparkle of Oscar-inspired design include:

  • Mirrors
  • Clear acrylic
  • Silk or satin
  • Velvet
  • Metallics
  • High-gloss surfaces and lacquers
  • Glass and crystal

5. Faux Fur and Shag

Because Oscar design is all about feeling like a million bucks, faux fur and sumptuous textures are a must. Here, again, you can’t go overboard. Add faux fur or shag using plush rugs or carpets, throw pillows and an oversized throw. The look will be not only luxe, but also incredibly cozy and inviting.

6. Classic Curves

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929, during the Art Deco heyday. One of the key features of Art Deco design is the curved lines carried through a room’s architecture and furniture. Add some rounded or curved elements to give your space a softer, more elegant feel. Some ways to add curves in a room include:

  • Curved chairs or seating with rounded arms
  • A round mirror or rug
  • Accessories with oval shapes or rounded edges
  • Round or oval accent tables
  • Patterns (on throw pillows, art or wallpaper) with repeating, rounded or curvy geometry

7. Ornate Pieces

When considering adding Oscar style to your home, throw minimalism out the door. Look for pieces that have that extra detail, such as an etched pattern on a mirrored surface; glass or crystal with an interesting carved texture; or anything with a bold pattern.

8. Luxe Vintage Bar

Oscar style is about living life to the fullest — and this means entertaining to the nines whenever you can. Find a spot in your home and put together a luxurious bar.

This can be a mirrored tray loaded with your favorite spirits and beautiful, vintage-inspired glasses; a designated counter area or cabinet converted into a bar; or, if you have the space, a built-in bar. The secret is to display everything well, while incorporating some of the design tips from this story.

9. Gorgeous Lighting

Don’t overlook your lighting when creating an Oscar-style room. If you’re going to splurge on anything, get rid of the builder-grade light fixtures and upgrade to beautiful lamps, sconces or chandeliers. The right lighting is not only beautiful in and of itself, it enhances all the little, highly reflective details you’ve added to your glamorous room.

10. Buttons and Tufting

One of the easiest ways to bring Oscar style into a room is by adding a piece of furniture featuring buttons or tufting. You don’t have to invest in a massive tufted bed or sofa to get the look; a simple tufted ottoman or desk chair can add some glamour to your room.

Inspired by the images above? Choose your favorite elements and sprinkle them into your room’s design. You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a space that looks like a million bucks. You can use many of these tips in your entertaining, too; a little sparkle, the right colors and some deluxe touches will add plenty of Oscar style to your next party.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Dedicated to helping you live your rooms— not the other way around



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