This Is Happening: Ladylike With an Edge
While we’re all for elegant interiors with soft textures and muted palettes, lately we’ve been gravitating towards graceful spaces with just the slightest hint of grit. Whether it’s dark saturated walls, statement light fixtures, edgy art, or raw metallics, we just can’t get enough of this unexpected look. Scroll through our slideshow to see stellar examples of this style and shop our picks for getting the vibe in your own place.
Saturated walls and exaggerated accents like the lampshade and rustic accessories balance this vignette’s more delicate carved mirror and flower arrangements.
Ebonized wood floors and a counter, sink, and backsplash of brushed metal give this kitchen the perfect dose of edge. A vintage glass light fixture and graceful trim on the cabinetry balance the harsher elements.
Ladylike details like classic wall molding and white drapery are updated by bold black paint— both on the walls and in “splatter” pattern form.
A pristine white dining room featuring a graceful chandelier is given some edge with black leather Falcon Chairs by Sigurd Ressel.
Dark walls and bulky sofas perfectly pair with the floral fabrics and crystal chandelier in this moody space.
Despite a neutral palette and the soft surfaces in this master bedroom, the pair of statement chairs and faceted brass end table add edge to an otherwise girly boudoir.
In this collected space, a mix of furniture styles and textures creates an interesting composition where classic antiques and feminine textures mingle with hard edges and materials. A saturated rug with a tribal design downplays the sweetness of the more ladylike elements.
A slightly hammered finish on the metallic cabinetry of this small kitchen is the perfect foil to the smooth finish of the counters and backsplash, enabling the space to feel a little rough as opposed to totally pristine.
The silver leaf ceiling and skirted end table in this room feel far from traditional and ladylike thanks to this room’s marble-top coffee table and statement sofa upholstered in a rock ‘n’ roll black leather.
Brass and white are a classic delicate combination, but the circular details and brushed finish on this piece give it a little grit. When paired with an off-center modern sconce and art with a party-girl vibe, this buffet looks perfectly unpolished.
The worn finish and appearance of the items in this living room keep the traditional rug, wingback chair, and urn from feeling polished and preppy, and instead feel collected and slightly jaded.
The crisp edges and hard surfaces of the vanity in this powder room are a great match for the graceful lines of the curved mirror. Though the wallpaper’s pattern is graceful and painterly, the black colorway creates contrast with the sweeter elements.
In this dining room, a faceted mirror and delicate crystal sconces are expertly matched with a matte-finish grid light fixture and black velvet dining chairs. The repeated rectangular shapes unify the seemingly opposing elements.
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