In our media age, everything needs to be bigger, flashier, more of this and that, colorful, to say the least – the loudest voice gets the most attention. While we are suckers for color, we also love style and fully understand that just because you’re loud, doesn’t mean you’re the best, or the most stylish. How’s that for a fluffy, mostly meaningless introduction? It should be no reflection on our designer today, Kenneth Brown, who we believe is one of the better, less is more, elegant interior designers out there, he is of course the head guy, founder over at his namesake, Kenneth Brown Design, based out of Los Angeles. You have almost certainly seen him on TV, whether it be HGTV, or ReDesign and then Over Designed. Being a TV personality does not give you talent (note to all Kardashians), and the fact that these shows are all mostly gone and forgotten does not mean that Mr. Brown is lacking in talent.
Back to loud and flashy. Mr. Brown excels at restraint and elegance, two things that reality TV hates. It’s easy to say that his palette tends to be muted, although warm, thinly grey, with rich browns, masculine without being uncomfortable. He clearly is not afraid to use furniture that could look like it’s from Restoration Hardware, but could just as easily be custom. Finding images of his work is not so easy, his site has only a few projects posted and the general image galleries elsewhere are few and far between, despite having won accolades from House Beautiful, Oprah’s O Magazine, CNN and many other sources.
So, what’s our point? Mr. Brown evidences to us that you can have great style, without making such a fuss, without having to announce your presence to all and generally be a nuisance. On a more practical level, his is a design aesthetic to mimic for those who get the whole concept of have good solid pieces of furniture that will last a lifetime, can “travel” well anywhere and you can always fill in with details as your tastes grow.
Here’s a link over to his website, we’ve picked and posted a few photos that we could find from around the web to help illustrate our cause.