We’re back with another edition of “Get the Look” with designer Allison Crawford! Allison, whose eponymous design firm is based in Texas, knows how to strike a balance: for this designer (and owner of HOTELette), eclectic meets sophisticated, comfort meets luxury, and function meets personality.
In this series, Allison will show us her tricks of the trade, spilling insider secrets on how to get the most sought-after interiors. This time, she breaks down a style that everyone can relate to: Timeless & Transitional. Read on to catch her tips, from what paint colors work best to the finishing details that will make the space.
Stick to Neutrals
I love white walls, but I know that not everyone wants a bright white, art gallery style wall color (especially if they have little ones in the household!). So, I have a few alternative neutral colors that I steer my clients towards to help them avoid being overwhelmed when they walk into a paint store and see all the colors, grades and finishes. My go-to neutrals are BM Revere Pewter, BM Stonington Grey, BM Pale Oak, and BM Classic Grey. All of these are fabulous colors and coordinate well with white trim and flat white ceilings. If you’re looking for a trim color, I mostly use BM Simply White, BM Chantilly Lace, and BM Super White. When thinking about finishes, I prefer a flat finish, but if my clients have kids, I choose eggshell or satin for durability, as they are easier to clean.
Rugs are one of my weaknesses! For a timeless look, opt for a muted pattern like the Turkish Oushak or cool toned traditional. This way, you’ll invest in a rug that can transition through color and style trends, but add enough depth and dimension to your space.
Go For the Unexpected
Don’t be afraid to put your own twist on traditional. Nine times out of ten, my clients are drawn to a fabric or wallpaper that they think is too bold for a bedroom or living room. “I’ll probably get sick of it,” they often tell me. So I love to encourage them to put the pattern that sparks joy in a smaller room, like a powder room. This is such a fun place to surprise your guests with a unique, personality-packed punch of pattern. Right now, I’m really loving big florals.
Create a gallery wall of your favorite family photos to add a personal touch to your home. It’s a cleaner, more contemporary way of displaying family photographs that also decreases clutter around the house. I like to frame most of my art and photographs in black or white frames with white mats. If I’m not going to get the piece professionally framed, I like the Ribba frame collection from IKEA.
Metals are one of my favorite ways to add warmth and color to a space. Introducing a metal – right now I’m loving brass – can be low budget and low risk when you use accessories, like vases or small bowls. It’s the finishing you touch you need for your space, as well as a great catch-all and home for greenery. Right now, I’m putting one rose stem in multiple small vintage vases – it feels like an update on a traditional flower.