Designer Picks : Katelyn’s Rough Luxe


Some of the most interesting interiors and pieces of art are based on tension and contrast. This month I find myself inspired by the Rough Luxe trend and the tension created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s canvas wrapped coastline. It is this tension between contrasting form, colour and texture that creates depth and interest within a composition. We can use these elements in a way that challenges the viewer or individual experiencing a space to push beyond the expected and experience something new. How can one not feel inspired?

With a growing trend to design more personalized interiors we are seeing a more eclectic mixture than ever before. The Rough Luxe trend is built upon a combination of old treasures and heirlooms with modern and industrial elements. Rough Luxe introduces opulent finishes on rough raw materials and celebrates character and age in its many forms. Whether it is a piece that has been worn by time or piece that is at the height of its beauty, this trend honors history. I like to think of it as the rebellious ‘rock and roll’ counterpart of “shabby chic”.

When in the beginning stages of a design I like to start with a natural material. Above I started with classic herringbone wood paneling finished in a more modern white & gray wash. The light fixture is industrial yet glamorous in glossy black. As for the artwork, it could have gone either way: abstract and colourful or moody and traditional. I chose to go with a modern piece to interject some vibrant colour in this case. The classic bergere loveseat paired with two Bertoia replica chrome chairs creates unique seating that references both traditional and modern eras. The ombre shag in burgundy and red is such a great example of an opulent finish on a more casual material. The Cog nesting tables are also a fantastic mixture of style and finish. As for the Benjamin Moore colours to complete the space I have selected Coventry Gray HC-169, Stokes Forest Green 2035-40 and Grandma’s China CSP-365.

Would you dare to go Rough Luxe in your space?


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