It is my personal opinion that every house should have a little bling. A touch of sparkle here, a surprise shimmer there, a reflective treasure that catches your eye as you turn the corner.
We are all busy people and sometimes our homes get neglected. They get a little messy, a little broken, a little forgotten. But it only takes a special item of two to make a room look beautiful. Adding a little bling to your home can be like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting you deck your house out head to toe in diamond encrusted mirrors and lamps, mirrored tables, and sparkly tiled floors. And if you can, please avoid the urge to use this swan faucet with crystal knobs.
That is not my idea of tasteful bling.
I like a subtle detail here and there. Sparkle juxtaposed against antique; Dressy mixed in with a few casual pieces; A hint of glamor in a minimalist room.
Ok, Enough with the descriptions and on with the photos! Or shall I say, bling it on! (Sorry couln’t help myself.)
A few ways to achieve bling:
It can be as subtle as an antiqued mirrored coffee table. (Designer Phoebe Howard)
Or go all out and splash shiny gold painted across your walls. (Photographer James Merrel)
How about a table setting with sparkly capiz shell placemats and gold candlesticks?
A playful green room gets a touch of gold with jewelry-like end tables. (Designer Amanda Nisbet)
The ultimate Blinged-Kitchen done right- high gloss black cabinets and sparkly chandelier. (via La Dolce Vita)
Adorn your walls with shimmery Gold Squares against a dramatic black. (Designer Brandon Barre)
It can be as simple as a few pretty candleholders on a ledge. (via Desire to Inspire)
A ornate gold sofa pops amongst a soothing sea of white and beige. (via Desire to Inspire)
A few bling products:
A more tasteful sparkly Faucet. Grohe Kensington with crystal knob.
Hardware is an easy way to add sparkle. Try Ann at Home’s Cartier collection diamond knob, or Old World Hardware’s cabinet pulls with Swarovski crystal and polished nickel.
So many shimmery Lighting options! I’d love to use Troy Lighting’s Collins Transitional Wall Sconce in a bathroom.
Or three luminous pendants over an island.
Or the Caboche Suspension Chandelier over a dining table.
Wallpaper, such as Jocelyn Warner’s Poppy Foil adds a subtle sparkle to a room.
A few fun pillows. Like Sasha Silver pillow from Bliss Living Home, or Faux Leather silver pillow from Deeply Madly Living.
Resin Panels from 3Form, like Hollywood Silver could be fabulous room dividers or cabinet inserts.Or a glamorous vanity bench. Hayworth from Pier One doesn’t break the bank. ($99)
A gold Moroccan Pouf from Lille Shop would snazz up your living room and provide a great place to sit.
There are so many pretty sparkly tiles out there today with glass, metal and stone products abounding. I like Mirage’s Glacier series for some subdued bling.
It’s safe to say I’m hooked on Home Bling.
This post is linked in Julia’s Hooked on Friday’s blog party. Be sure to head over to her blog to see what she and all the other bloggers are hooked on this week!
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. So I encourage you to go out and adorn your home in some Sparkle. But remember, less is more. So think of what Coco Chanel said…something along the lines of “always take off one thing before you leave the house.” Well apply that theory to your home and it should be perfectly bling-tastic.
PS- anyone want to count how many times I wrote bling in this post? hahaha. Happy Friday!