April 7, 2014
Keeping Up With Castillo: A Vibrant Living Room
Last time we met up with Spanish designer Lorenzo Castillo, he shared a masculine loft with rustic accents. His latest design, however, proves he's got plenty of glam to go around. With unexpected color combinations, perfect pattern placement, and a wonderful mix of styles, Castillo has created yet another room brimming with character. Here are a few ways to channel Castillo's creativity in your own space. When it comes to mixing patterns, it's all about variety. Here, Castillo mixes stripes, damask florals, and graphic prints for a well-rounded mix. By placing the two large-scale prints on the floor and the windows, the room has a sense of balance. Avoid loading up one area of a room with all of the patterns; spread the love!
Although you may have not noticed it right away, Castillo is majorly channeling Chinoiserie in this living room. In addition to the vases of flowering branches, that give us a total tea-garden vibe, the mixture of Eastern and Western styles is abundant and done in a modern way. The blue porcelain lamps, a classic Chinoiserie piece, are topped with black drum shades for a quick update. Nice move, Castillo.
We love blue as much as the next guy - Castillo in this case - but, breaking up the monotony of using one color is important. With a graphic blue rug, blue stools, and blue table lamps, it's hard to believe a large blue sofa would work in this room. But, Castillo calms down the color by layering beige-striped pillows on the sofa. This unexpected pairing prevents a blue overdose, something we never thought we'd suffer from.
Photography: Lorenzo Castillo
|Roman Shade, From $173, The Shade Store||Lacquer Louis Stool, From $279, Ballard Designs||Miso Cotton Carpet, From $525, Madeline Weinrib|
|Blue Velvet Chinoiserie Chairs, $2600, 1st Dibs||Toile Scenes Lamp, $250, Neiman Marcus||18" Black Paper New Drum Lamp Shade, $59, Shades of Light|
|Butterfield Sleeper Sofa, $4895, Jonathan Adler||Racing Stripe Pillow Cover, $68, Serena & Lily||Lacquer Block Cocktail Table, $1750, Jonathan Adler|