8 Designer-Approved Ways To Take A Risk In Your Space
The phrase “play it safe” doesn’t belong in Stefani Stein‘s design dictionary. The L.A.-based designer — who counts actress Shay Mitchell as one of her clients — creates spaces that bring the drama. Even in the Californian heat, she manages to create a cocooning effect fit for any Canadian winter. We chatted with the buzzy designer about how we can all take a few design risks in our home — and spoiler alert: they’re not as scary as you might think.
“While there are threads of commonalities in my designs — the love of a good textural mix, an avoidance of a cluttered space, a preference toward earth hues and dusty tones — there are also clients whose preferences push me out of my comfort zone, which can sometimes garner the most creative result,” says Stefani.
1. Try A Moody Grasscloth
“Textural elements and earthy hues are key to striking the right balance when creating a cozy space that still has a touch of refinement,” says Stefani. “Think: grasscloth, boucle and mohair for texture.”
2. Don’t Overlook A Window Frame
The focal point of this sophisticated seating area is the fiery red wood window frame, which draws the eye to the outdoors. There’s no need for a statement painting!
3. Create Contrast
“Embracing the emotion of the space is the starting point and then incorporating selections that complement and balance is next,” she says. “This is particularly important when pairing the darker hues with lighter elements.”
4. Pump Up The Powder Room
There is one space in the whole house that is just made for your most daring design risks: the powder room. Stefani chose this botanical-inspired print from her wallpaper company, August Abode. Plus hits of gold for an instant dose of luxury.
5. Venture Into Velvet
In actress Shay Mitchell’s stylish office, a blush channeled couch plays into the California-cool vibe. If a light pink isn’t your style, might we suggest a rich jewel tone instead?
6. Mix Styles
“We should all incorporate items we love,” says Stefani. “If you find yourself drawn to a specific piece and have a connection with it, go for it. But, I temper this advice with a caution that even unique items and eclectic spaces require balance.”
7. Go Green
This surprisingly livable hue is a big trend for 2020 (learn more in our January issue, on newsstands December 9). “I definitely am drawn toward greens, however, I prefer to steer the hues toward earthy greens that have a slightly more rustic quality,” she says. “I tend to avoid greens such as emerald or malachite that I feel can overpower a space.” A kitchen island is a great place to experiment with color in the kitchen.
8. Opt For A Statement Bed Frame
A handsome wooden bed frame commands attention in this airy bedroom. To create some balance, Stefani opted for light, textured linens and a soft blanket. “There is nothing better than a great cashmere throw in the winter months,” says Stefani.