Grasscloth, Faux Finishes, and 7 Other Underrated Decor Ideas Pros Love | Architectural Digest

“My goal when designing a room is to create unique, artful, and inspiring living spaces. One of the most undersung decor elements is using past art movements to create individual rooms for clients. Using a single artist or movement as inspiration, one can create a unique, updated look to decorate an entire room that will cohesively function while also making a space more distinctive.” —Amy Lau, Amy Lau Design

Colored finishes 

La Cornue’s Château 150 range in pink.

Photo: Noe Dewitt

“After years of designers using stainless steel appliances, the use of colored finishes in kitchen design has made a huge comeback. From a high-end La Cornue or Aga range in an array of custom colors to manufacturers such as Smeg offering retro appliances in fun colors from yesteryear, the rage is on to utilize these pieces in today’s interiors.” —Layton Campbell, J. Layton Interiors


“I think my favorite unsung decor element is the strategic use of mirrors to help cheat one’s eye into thinking a space has more depth or breadth than it does. The perfect example of this is seen in my Carlyle apartment, where I used mirrors at the deep jambs of the windows and terrace French doors to make the windows feel more airy and more expansive. The large nine-piece sectioned built-in architectural mirror over the sofa in my living room also reflects the terrace doors opposite, and helps connect and open up the sofa niche wall with the terrace adjacent.” —Garrow Kedigian, Garrow Kedigian Interior Design

Laser-cut details

Laser-cut perforations run through the saffron-, gray-, and cream-hued cabinets in Muriel Brandolini’s sophisticated Manhattan brownstone.

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

“One of my underrated decor techniques is laser-cut details, like decorative architectural grates or laser-cut cabinet door front inserts. I found a great resource for these elements recently at a design show, and I’m looking forward to using them in some projects!” —Arianne Bellizaire, Arianne Bellizaire Interiors

Faux finishes

“We are working on a project now that is getting some lovely faux finishes. And it’s funny, because even I thought, ‘Is this dated?!’ However, the end result is far from it! We have been incorporating faux finishes and using metallic colors with them. My favorite finish to do right now is gold leaf faux finish ceilings. Pair them with an amazing chandelier and other great interior elements and you’ve got a beautiful space that will be far from passé!” — Lisa Gilmore, Lisa Gilmore Design

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