From Street Style to Interior Style: Decorating with Fashion in Mind
Catwalks and fashion magazines often serve as sources of inspiration, but I find street-style even more intriguing. This is where the best designer labels, vintage finds, discounter duds, and more combine to make personal statements. Street style can also be a proving ground for interior design concepts offering a glimpse of elements working together on a smaller scale. An outfit recently worn by style icon Lily Kwong provides a successful examples. Here are three ways her fashion choices can be applied to your next interior design project:
1. Use a high-chroma color tempered by neutrals
Lily’s Reed Krakoff dress is a highly-saturated, eye-catching, and truly-blue blue! While many would be skeptical to incorporate such a bright color inside their home, designer Kelly Wearstler makes it work in this master bedroom. As seen in Lily’s outfit, Kelly lets blue be the undeniable star of her color story. She then uses a range of neutrals, from creams to grays to black, to support that story and temper what could be an otherwise overpowering hue.
2. Add leather for impact
Equally eye-catching is Lily’s leather jacket by Helmut Lang. As in fashion, the incorporation of leather can take a room to another place and, when used in a large-scale application like this upholstered bed, the results can be striking.
3. Juxtapose height, style, and texture
What makes Lily’s ensemble especially fun is her mix of styles, e.g., a floor-length dress with a biker-esque jacket. Her Reed Krakoff shoulder bag also combines varying textures, including leather, shearling, and metallic accents. Kelly uses the same juxtaposition in her bedroom design with furniture and accessories.
The height of stacked cabinetry creates drama equal to the length of Lily’s dress. You can also see the similarity in palettes.
So, the next time you’re in need of inspiration, try turning to the super stylish for design ideas. If it works in an outfit, the same elements will probably work in your home too!
What do you think of Lily’s high-chroma, textural mix?
Image Sources: Photo 1: (Left) Kelly Wearstler (Right) Lily Kwong by Vogue UK, Photo 2: Lily Kwong by Vogue UK, Photo 3: Kelly Wearstler, Photo 4: Kelly Werstler, Photo 5: (Left) Kelly Werster (Right) Lily Kwong by Vogue US, Photo 6: Kelly Werstler.