How to make a bold statement with wallpaper

If you’ve been following the Laura U team for a while now, you know that we’re a tad obsessed with unexpected statement pieces. An interesting piece of art or a fabulous accessory are great “go to” pieces, but sometimes you just need to let the walls to do the talking. Wallpaper is one of our favorite ways to incorporate a unique element of surprise into a space – especially when there are one or two walls that need some extra love.

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Statement Mirrors Speak for Themselves!

Mirrors are so much more than a reflective surface in which you check your appearance. While they are great for a quick glance at your lipstick on your way out the door or the application of a full face of makeup, they can also become a focal point of your room. They add depth and dimension and bounce around a room’s light like nobodies business. Added bonus: mirrors with fab frames add texture, detail, and color to a space too!

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Laura U means Classically Current!

Classically Current© describes the luxurious livability Laura Umansky incorporates into all of her interiors – spaces that are grand, but also grounded. It is the careful balance of a playful and whimsical aesthetic that is balanced, sophisticated and refined. Laura U’s designs – which ultimately represent a unique collaboration with each client – create well-tailored, inviting environments that are, above all, unforgettable. Laura U Interior Design adapts the Classically Current© style to fit each client’s individual taste in a variety of homes.

At Laura U we believe strongly in providing our clients with warm and welcoming luxury. The rooms we design for homeowners are livable yet elevated. As a firm, we are highly collaborative. The design team accommodates client preferences while maintaining a strong design concept.


I believe strongly in providing my clients with warm and welcoming luxury. The rooms my team and I design for homeowners are livable yet elevated. Collaboration is key and sharing my interior design inspirations helps clients craft their vision. Of course, it also lets me rave about my favorite design styles!

I am and always have been an advocate for a “classically current” style that, while evergreen, provides a timely presence to any room. Though I tailor each experience to every client for a unique collaboration, I secretly live for those small touches that balance whimsy and sophistication! But “classically current” isn’t a limiting phrase by any means.

Whether you’re looking for a mid-century sofa in a distinct fabric, that perfect statement mirror, or something else entirely – there’s a timely yet timeless piece out there for you.

 

Classics for Any Room

 

Classically Current is expressed in this black and white kitchen

 

This high rise kitchen is a prime example of what I love about the “classically current” style. Notice the detailing of the marble, white walls, and rich leather chairs. Balanced against these elements you have the dark cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and — of course — the gold touches.

Maybe it reminds you of your favorite haunt in New York City or a classic Parisian pied-a-terre? It may mean something different to everyone depending on personal experiences. No matter the style of kitchen you want (galley, cook’s, open, etc), this concept of using neutral color palettes and warm materials with punchy design elements in your current artistic zeitgeist never goes out of style.

Now let’s get to the meat and potatoes of any house: the living room!

 

Eclectic, But Simple

 

Classically Current designs are used in this calming, neutral living room

 

You can also apply this mentality to your living room!

As an example of classically current style, this Boho modern living room employs some similar features to the kitchen. Notice the crisp white? But there are clear differences.

The wood-work, metalwork, and natural woven lounge chairs add another layer of personality. The clean walls keep things light and bright and the blending of materials grants a modern feel without adding weight to the room. The finishes on the overhead accents are brushed copper which is a great alternative to antiqued or brushed gold. There are so many different kinds of materials and textures at work in this room, but none of them fight each other. That is the beauty of classically current styling and another reason why I love our design philosophy so SO much.

 

Minimalist Drama

 

Classically Current entry with black and white tile

Doesn’t everyone love a fabulous foyer?

After all, it’s the very first space your guests see when they enter your home. This is the spot to plant your feet and make a firm statement.

While your eyes are automatically drawn to the stellar floor pattern in this gorgeous Houston foyer, other moments in the room stand apart as well. If you’ve noticed the trend of mixed materials, fresh white walls, and metal accents, you’re grasping the concept of the “classically current” design philosophy!

One thing to note, minimalist does not equal boring. But it does mean that everything ins thoughtfully placed and has a specific function.

 

Color is your friend, really!

 
Classically current design with neutrals, navy and metallic

At this point, you might be thinking: is “classically current” style ALL about white and metal? Short answer: definitely not!

Our clients built this beautiful custom home in The Woodlands, Texas and we created this living room in the “classically current” mode. While the home is not inherently contemporary in style (the architecture is more traditional) our clients admire and love the contemporary interior design. Here, we make these two intersecting styles work! We showcase how we use color by placing it as a grounding neutral (the modern rug) and then inject key elements like the mid-century modern Barcelona bench in Pony and the natural stacked stone on the fireplace. The key to this strategy is in balance.

I can go on for days about our Classically Current philosophy so, for more ideas on designing with this in mind, I’ve got you covered on our socials. The Laura U blog has an entire tag dedicated to “classically current” because…well, it is my jam!

XO|LU

Tangerine Dream

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You have probably noticed that we LOVE gorgeous pops of color, in almost any space! And from our Pinterest page, you may have noticed our obsession with the vibrant red-orange we like to call ‘Tangerine Dream’. Our board features great ideas on how to incorporate this color into your home, all at-a-glance.

From a Dreamsicle pastel version, to a muted pumpkin, to brights that are the visual equivalent of a hefty dose of Vitamin C, orange is a great way to infuse your space with a sunny energy!

One classic pairing is a cool gray with a vibrant tangerine it – looks modern and bright and clean!

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Another favorite combo is combining lavender with washed out orange. It’s feminine, but not too frilly.

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Here we paired a bright tray with a custom upholstered sitting chair to add the perfect pop of orange into the formal living room of our Parkside Contemporary home.

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You can bring this energetic and refreshing color into your space in so many ways; a single accent item or wall, a small grouping or accessories collection, or coating your room wall to wall in tangy color for a bold effect. Check it out and feel free to show us how you have incorporated a little tangerine into your own spaces!

Until Next Time,

Laura