Polar Opposites

Decorating styles can run the gamut from spare and minimal, to elegant and refined, to rustic and natural, to bold and colorful, or to monochromatic. Everyone has different tastes, and we always strive to help our clients find the style that is right for their lifestyle as well as the style that works best with the architecture of their home.


Personally, we love many styles and are comfortable with color and layering patterns. But, several designer rooms that have recently been featured in Architectural Digest have been so over-the top and bold that we must say they were visually jarring, and we did not care for them at all!


On the other end of the spectrum is the current look of Restoration Hardware catalogs. This company features reclaimed and recycled woods and fabrics in predominately shades of gray or beige in most of their furniture and accessories. While this palette is clearly a trend right now, this look can be blah and colorless, bordering on depressing! We believe that gray can be a great backdrop for every color, so, when we do use if for walls and upholstered pieces, we always like to add color with accessories, pillows, art, accent walls, etc.


Who are we to say all of this? The rooms featured in Architectural Digest were all done by renowned designers from around the world for obviously wealthy and famous clients, and, Restoration Hardware is certainly a well-known and popular retail chain. We are just small-time designers from Pittsburgh, but we strongly believe in timeless designs that can incorporate aspects of both of these totally opposite looks.

Architectural Digest – Wildly colorful room designed by Thomas Britt

Architectural Digest – Wildly colorful room designed by Thomas Britt

Restoration Hardware – These rooms look are calm and serene.

Restoration Hardware – These rooms look are calm and serene.

Designer Miles Redd used this mix of an elaborate wallcovering, a strongly graphic painting, and a bold Ikat fabric.

Designer Miles Redd used this mix of an elaborate wallcovering, a strongly graphic painting, and a bold Ikat fabric.