Recently, 'old money' interiors have been all the buzz. Interior designers love this quiet luxury look for its timeless elegance, simplicity, and neutral appeal. The majority of 'stealth wealth' interiors feature a pared-back color scheme, but this isn't a prerequisite for nailing this interior design trend. Kourtney Kardashian's bedroom, featuring a stylish red pop of color, is proof that 'old money' needn't be synonymous with beige.
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Kourtney Kardashian Barker's bedroom decor is classically elegant. It features deep chocolate brown floors with a lightly textured beige rug. A shiny, mahogany side table serves as book storage. The bed has clean white bedding, which creates a lovely soft contrast with a cream leather headboard that leans against brushed beige walls. Then you've got those pops of bright red that break up the neutral space.
While the neutrals in the room ground the look, the splashes of color bring real glamor to Kourtney's quiet luxury bedroom. In fact, Jen Nash, Senior Design Lead at furniture company Magnet says that it's important not to shy away from strong colors in old-money decor. 'It is easy to assume decorating Old Money means you can only use subdued or neutral colors. However, in many truly generationally wealthy homes bold colors are often used with ease to add a lived-in dimension to the space,' says Jen.
Jen graduated from York St. John University with a degree in Art and Design with a focus on furniture. She has worked in the kitchen industry since 2007, designing for prestigious brands such as Rixonway and Magnet.
She continues, 'Dynamic colors should be balanced with warmed neutrals alongside black and whites to give them room to breathe.' This is certainly the case in Kourtney's bedroom, where beige, and warm mahogany wood ground the deep red pops of color.
Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens adds: 'Rather than the monochrome look we've become used to, Kourtney Kardashian's bedroom proves that the "old money" look is about restraint. With a few carefully placed details, she elevates her bedroom from a simple space to a very elegant and aspirational room.'
Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.
Furthermore, Jen Nash says, the lived-in look of Kourtney's bedroom, like the fresh flowers and stacked books, contributes to the success of the quiet luxury trend in her home. Jen states, 'If the home is too perfectly kept and designed it can actually have the opposite of the intended effect and look more new-money than the desired ‘Old Money’ aesthetic. Finding the balance of curated imperfection helps create the grand illusion many traditional old houses have.'
As evidenced by Kourtney Kardashian's home, the quiet luxury trend is not one look, but a focus on quality and a welcoming feel. Through the proper combination of warm wood furniture, textures, and carefully placed pop of color accessories, anyone can create an 'old money' style home.
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I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.
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