chic 5th avenue apartment with views of central park. the acrylic pendant lighting and silver metallic accents create an elevated dining experience.

 

are we clear?

call it lucite, plexiglass or acrylic composite, the transparent material has had my heart for a while. acrylic has been one of my favorite design items to work with this year — the perfect way to add a structural element without compromising the visual space.

 

chic 5th avenue apartment with acrylic table designed by darci hether.

 

light and airy

acrylic has been used for years to create a bright, airy, and spacious feeling. the acrylic craze is by no means a new concept. the sleek retro material was developed in the ’30s and became a popular home decor choice in the ’60s and ’70s. the futuristic yet vintage appeal is a retro nod to the past and present. acrylic closely resembles glass but is about half the weight and seventeen times stronger, making it a great alternative to heavy, bulkier home furnishings.

furthermore, it’s easy to clean and low maintenance. the durability of acrylic makes it a firm but glam contrast to traditional materials such as wood and metal. not to mention, it holds up against fading and discoloration. talk about standing the test of time.

here are a few of the ways you can start seeing things clearly by embracing the translucent.

 

acrylic fashion accessories and home decor items selected by the team at darci hether new york.

necklace / sunglasses / umbrella / cosmetics purse / bracelet / hardware / sandals

 

the best part about acrylic is its versatility. the material is easy to incorporate into any decor scheme. Although the appeal of acrylic leans toward a modern aesthetic, it can fit into any design. for example, don’t be afraid to mix this sleek material into a traditional decor scheme.  when done well, it doesn’t feel dated. when layered with other design elements, acrylic can be timeless and not overly trendy. a stylish way of adding an eclectic flair to your decor.

go big or go home

keep in mind, as with all materials lucite should be used in moderation. pick a coffee table, an accent chair or a desk but not everything all at once. when you have too much of a good thing the trend goes wrong…think ice castle. a fun and bold way to bring a playful mod vibe into your dwelling is by using a show-stopping statement piece. think regency style glam with a side of modern-day functionality. how swoon-worthy would you feel sipping a cocktail in the kagen chaise shown below? and bonus, the visual lightness of acrylic is perfect for smaller dwellings.

 

acrylic home decor items hand selected by darci hether. swivel chair from mitchell gold furnishings, chaise from holly hunt.

chair / table / bench / chaise

 

keeping it transparent

sleek acrylic accent pieces are a great way to add a little fashionable element to your space. try an acrylic serving tray or decorative box to bring on the glam. what could be sexier than a chic pair of acrylic and brass candlestick holders? a perfect way to bring some airiness into your space!

acrylic accessories selected by darci hether. bowl is from barneys new york. candle holders are from williams sonoma.

tray / box / bowl / candle holders

it’s easy to see acrylic is making a statement in the world of interiors and fashion.  are you ready to create a barely-there aesthetic? #plasticmakesperfect

 

let’s be clear… we’re here to help.  check out our previous uses of acrylic for serious inspiration or give us a call!