Thursday, March 29, 2012

Be of Good Chair - The Blythe

The Blythe Chair - Anthropology

Departing for a moment from all those worries about ‘will this work, will that work’?   

Interior Design should be fun!

My fav chair of the week is certainly that and more. The Blythe Chair from Anthropology adds a little whimsy to your home without sacrificing comfort. 

This one is sure to be a conversation starter.

Mix with any d├ęcor, place in the corner as your favorite reading spot or next to the hearth for a statement stopping fire. 
In the winter, cozy up with a blanket, popcorn and a good movie. In the summer, enjoy the crisp feeling of the cotton/linen upholstery while reading your favorite novel next to a cool summer breeze. 

Who could ask for more.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Following the Rules of Design - the Yin Yang affect.

Farrow & Ball - How Light Affects Color

Are there really design rules you should follow?

For example, a commonly asked question; ‘does a light paint color make a room look bigger, or does a dark paint color make the room look bigger.’ Well, it depends.
Try a Google search for a concrete answer to this question, ultimately, you will find the descriptions are polar opposites and seemingly contrary.

Half say lighter, half say darker: 
  • "As my father always said, a small room will look bigger if you paint it dark. The corners will be cast in shadow and you're not quite sure where they are."
  • "When I think expansive, I immediately think of the sky. The chip looks white, but on the wall it can turn into the palest blue." 
  • "White reflects the light and makes the walls go away, so a small space seems larger."
  • "Shadow can be your friend, especially in a small space. Painting a room a dark color camouflages the fact that it's small."
The yin and yang affect is consistently presented.

Yin and yang are not necessarily opposing dualities, but complementary opposites unseen and seen that interact within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system. This indeed is the nature of design.

Other rules you might have heard; never use a large print on the wall in a small space. Odd numbers are better than even, use only 1 accent color.

Design is not mathematics. In math, there is always ONE correct answer, however, the methods used to find that answer can differ. In design, there are equally as many methods for finding the right answer. However, there will always be several correct solutions. Design is esoteric. And as this well known saying goes, ‘beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.’

The answer to what paint color will make a room feel bigger? As I said, ‘It depends”. 

It depends on the size and shape of the room, the amount and location of natural daylight, the existing color of the upholstery and case goods, the color and texture of the floor and more.  Even your personal preference for dark or light rooms can factor into the equation.

While there are definitely certain rules one must learn in basic design, in most every instance, those rules are broken depending on the nature of space. An almost fool proof method for the key to success; Keep it Simple.