Outside of color, incorporating distinctive, eye-catching textures and finishes is another way to innovate. Moore explains that adding unique or contrasting elements "adds that extra level of design that creates that custom look to elevate a room." To illustrate his point, Moore suggests two very different pieces, the Atlantis Crystal Art Table and Nasdaq Desk for the dining room and office.
“Cattelan’s Atlantis Crystal Art Table has an extra clear glass top with a marble accent and has beautiful swirls of black, ivory, and grey that certainly make a statement. You can match this stunning customizable piece with many sideboards, consoles, and dining room chairs.”
Moore says Cattelan’s Nasdaq Keramik Desk is much more than a utilitarian object to be hidden away in a home office. “The Nasdaq Desk looks more like a piece of art, a sculpture that is both daring and unique in any room in one’s own home.”
Like all of his colleagues who excel at creating living spaces for their clients, Moore frequently schedules home visits to analyze every element of a room’s potential, because every space dictates the direction of the design.
"If it's a monochromatic room, you can start with an area rug that brings in colors from other rooms, or picks up colors in the fabrics, the draperies, and other elements. Accessories provide an excellent entre to layering the room with pops of color or adding unique, intricate patterns. You can then add or subtract these accents to match your comfort level, creating a measured path toward a more vibrant color and pattern palate. This is a perfect way for a person who is not typically comfortable adding color to see how it feels.”
Regardless of whether you choose a neutral grey or rich red, Moore posits, “Color evokes an emotional response. Either consciously or unconsciously. It can energize, relax, calm, inspire, and add that layer of design that makes it uniquely yours. Color, textures, and patterns working together can be truly innovative design elements.”
Adding one key element, like the Selfy Large Power Recliner by Egoitaliano, is also an excellent way to re-energize your living space without committing to a complete reimagining, be it for budgetary or aesthetic reasons. With its striking mix of fabric and leather, the Selfy Chair is available in numerous colors by special order, providing an opportunity to make that "custom" impression. The wide chair, which reclines at the push of a button, is a cozy spot on which to relax, read, or take a little nap.
Moore cites the Sophia Living Room Collection by Egoitaliano as a prime example of Italian craftsmanship. Italian designs often project a level of boldness and comfort level at the same time, presenting an opportunity to upholster a contemporary structure in more traditional hues and fabrics or get a little bolder with your decisions. "You can take this beautiful espresso chocolate leather with a streamlined design and accent it in teals and creams. It definitely says 'Look at me' without being so loud that people might be afraid of it."
Moore also highlights the Incanto Italia line, specifically the
Lianne Sectional, which “provides a wonderful opportunity to m
eld a contemporary piece into a traditional setting," he says. "The cream or grey leather, power reclining, and chrome structure fit many different environments.” For a neutral color that still makes a statement, a deep navy is a unique color that complements a variety of other hues. Copenhagen’s Lucca Sofa or Loveseat catches the eye while also blending “seamlessly when a smaller footprint is necessary.”
You can introduce a larger piece or gradually complement an existing design. Copenhagen, a Scandinavian contemporary and modern furniture retailer with locations across Arizona and Texas, carries whatever is needed for an individual space. As an added bonus, special order options are almost unlimited with options in leather, fabric, ceramic, and more.
“Italian designers have such a different way of looking at design and spaces,” he says. “They prompt us Americans to look at our own living environments. There is also the quality, I mean, Italian leather. C'mon! These manufacturers definitely have an edge when it comes to creating pieces that look unique and are custom-built but are also practical and comfortable.”
Copenhagen Sales Consultant Bryan Moore says that many of his clients are looking to both make a statement and refresh interior spaces that will feel comfortable for years to come. Moore, who fell in love with set design as a theater major at SMU, deeply believes that design is a way for individuals to make their home their own and to bring a certain energy or intention to their space.
“Innovation in design enhances the look and feel of a room. It could be the layout of the room, a unique piece of furniture, a color palette that energizes or calms a space. It could also be a subtler detail or a unique spark of creativity," Moore says.
He suggests adding key statement pieces, “showstoppers,” by Italian manufacturers, whose designs carry trademark innovative design in color, customization, and clean lines. You can also add color, style, and texture by incorporating colorful accessories.
We’ve transformed our homes into offices, school rooms, and activity centers over the past couple of years, reengaged with our home surroundings and found ways to adapt to the needs of a multifunctional household. Joyfully, we’re ready to engage with our most familiar environments in a different manner going forward, as we reimagine our living spaces.
This spring presents an opportunity to “reset” and take our living spaces in a new direction, to step out a little and experiment through innovation. From playing with color and fabric selections to envisioning innovative designs, it’s time to go boldly into the future.
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Moore says he’s thrilled to work at Copenhagen where he never stops learning, meets frequently with leading designers, and revels in assisting his clients in reinventing their home environments, often with solutions they might not have originally considered.
“It’s never been more fun to express yourself as it is these days,” says the design consultant. “Start with a pillow, sectional, rug, or a chair. There are so many styles and designers, they are from all over the world. And we have them all.”
Adding key statement pieces and bold accessories can infuse new life and energy into your surroundings. In home design, innovation can be as simple as bringing new colors and textures to your space, creating both visible and palpable change. As we move into 2022, we hope you'll join us at Copenhagen in discovering that brightening up our living spaces with fresh accents or bold innovation feels great. Visit Copenhagen’s website or one of Copenhagen’s showrooms in Tucson, Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Gilbert, Arizona, or San Antonio and Austin, Texas to learn more and to work with one of our associates to bring your design goals to fruition.
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