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Trend Spotting for 2013: Ghost Furniture

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Laura
07.04.13

In décor and life, sometimes it’s best to approach things with total transparency. Now is one of those times, thanks to the resurrection of Lucite “ghost furniture.” This design trend was once relegated to hair salons and nightclubs, but lately it has started making appearances in bedrooms, dining rooms and even nurseries.

Ain’t afraid of no décor ghost? Here’s how to apply this trend to your home without evoking memories of house music and bottle service:

Accents. If you aren’t ready to dive into Lucite headfirst, dip your toe in the clear-décor waters with ghost accent pieces such as lamps, shelving or storage containers. Even in small doses, this trend makes a statement. Ghost pieces really pop when placed next to more classic décor, so don’t be afraid to stick a Lucite reading lamp on your traditional bedside table.

Chairs. When it comes to dining room tables, few things complement a rustic wood slab like glamorous Lucite seating. Inviting “ghosts” into your dining experience not only injects an unexpected dose of drama into an otherwise predictable room, but it also keeps the space feeling more open and airy, rather than crowded (like heavy wooden dining chairs tend to do). Tip: For an affordable option, try IKEA’s Tobias chair

Coffee tables. Lucite furniture can make a small space look bigger because it creates the illusion of an open room, while still offering the functionality of, well, furniture. This rule holds especially true with coffee tables. By placing a clear table in the center of the room, you’ll create a more fluid vibe throughout. One rule of thumb: make sure your ghost table lives in a room with rich colors and textures to avoid the “hospital waiting room” look.

Nursery. If you ask Kim Kardashian, the choice in cribs is clear. But even those of us without a $4,000 crib budget can (and should!) make baby’s first bed a design milestone. It’s never too early to embrace glamour, after all! Plus, the material is a surprisingly logical fit for little ones because it allows for easy viewing and more natural light – a must for a happy, healthy newborn. Use ghost pieces as accents and pair them with the bright, cheerful nursery colors of your choice.

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