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The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

By Southshoredecoratingblog

This is a guest post from my favorite online resource, One King's Lane. 

Thank you as always OKL!

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The Hot New Trim Trend We’re Loving

Black-painted trim and molding is a refreshing shift from white—and beautifully highlights a room’s best features. Here’s how to use it. The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks Interior by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

TIE A ROOM TOGETHER

In a space like the kitchen—where there’s so much going on—black paint can create a sleek, organized beauty. Use the paint on multiple fronts; we love how these black-and-white tiles play off the black-trimmed windows and cabinets. The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck

DEFINE AN AIRY SPACE

As we all know, there’s no combination quite as chic as black and white. In mostly white rooms or rooms that get lots of light—or both—black can punctuate the space and give it some polish. These vertical and horizontal lines, from the molding along the floor and ceiling to the window panes, help to ground an airy bedroom. And note how the lines are carried even further: The black lines of these windowpanes continue along the top of the curtains, and the blanket pattern echoes the black trim. The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks Photo by Rett Peek

HIGHLIGHT DESIGN DETAILS

Think of black paint as a highlighter, which you can use to draw out architectural elements of a room. Ceiling molding or a carved mantel is a perfect target. Perhaps most of all, we love the idea of highlighting an arched doorway—a lovely detail that could otherwise go unnoticed—with a swoop of black. Whether the rest of the walls are white or another color, the whole space will come into sharper focus. The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks Interior by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

ADD A MODERN UPDATE

We love the cost-effectiveness of black trim: Without changing a single furnishing, you can get a much more modern space. With the crisscrossed windows, this kitchen corner look a little storybook. But with the rich layer of black along the baseboards and other spots (including the windows), it becomes a fresh, modern, and inspiring work corner. The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks Photo by johnellisphoto.com. Interior by Melissa Palazzo.

GIVE A GLAMOROUS LIFT

Black is a strong color—it can play off statement pieces and make them pop even more. These black-painted beams frame a dining room scene that’s centered around a golden chandelier and large-scale animal-print rugs. Within this framework, the open-air, high-ceiling room is taken to a more glamorous place. ________________________________

10 Design Lessons from Ashley Hicks’s Instagram Feed

The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

A few things become clear when you [email protected] (the handle of English designer Ashley Hicks) on Instagram: He’s as bold and ingenious as his father, famed designer David Hicks. He has a great sense of humor. He has an incredible eye for everything (from chickens to tapestries). We took a quick look at the world through his lens and found some fantastic design ideas to put to use in any space.
The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

 Lesson #1:  Good Antiques Go with Anything

Don’t get hung up thinking that because of its distinctive period details, an antique needs to be surrounded with similar pieces. This ornate chair shines among modern, geometric patterns.
The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

Lesson #2:  Coffee Tables Are Canvases

Hicks inspires us to think beyond a tray and a vase. His harmonious palette, mixed patterns, and loads of natural beauty create a striking surface.
The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

Lesson #3: Opposites Do Attract

You might expect sleeker hardware on minimal cabinets, but expected just isn’t Hicks’s style. White coral pulls are surprising and sculptural, with just the right amount of quirk.
The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

Lesson #4: Look at Art As Pattern

The word pattern brings to mind textiles, but Hicks proves that’s not your only option. Maybe that sofa doesn’t need a bold fabric but instead a bold print just above it. We love how the pillows subtly echo the artwork’s graphic lines.
The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

Lesson #5: Chinoiserie Is Better in Numbers

Most would stop at the wallpaper, or the cabinet, or the vases. But when the motif is spot on, the more the merrier.
The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

Lesson #6:  Print Mixing Favors the Bold

Hicks’s own Munnu and Eleuthera prints are gutsy on their own, but together they create an even more striking mix. As long as hues don’t fight each other (you’ll know it when you see it), don’t be afraid to try out bold combinations.
The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

Lesson #7: Hot Pink Can Be Elegant

Bright hues don’t have to scream in a space. When you pick a classic silhouette, even bold fabrics speak more genteelly.
The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

Lesson #8: Elevate the Everyday

These tulips would be stunning even in a coffee can, but clustered in bud vases of various shapes and sizes they create a modern still life.
The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

Lesson #9: Outdoor Furniture Counts Too

The unique lines of Hicks’s garden table are as refined as those of any piece in a formal indoor room. The upshot: It needs little adornment.
The Hot New Trim Trend and Lessons From Ashley Hicks

Lesson #10: Never Underestimate a Coat of Paint

A quick coat of red paint on a bamboo sofa (which belongs to one of his clients) updated the classic piece and made its details more striking.

Shop Ashley Hicks’s Vintage Picks 

And finally, in my favorite news today, OKL is doing custom upholstery now. And some of them are what you'd pay at Target - Seriously, $359 for a custom bench, etc. See below:

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