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Before I get stuck in this week, Happy 2012. May it be a brilliant new year for you.
In essence this room is incredibly formal and has used the basic symmetrical composition to layout the furniture but what makes this room feel exciting is the unique furnishings themselves. By using statement pieces in a traditional composition we innately feel comfortable as it allows us to accept the unique pieces themselves. By nature our brains only process one thing at a time so when we are confronted with the double whammy of shock – unusual furniture in an unusual composition – we are rattled and our initial reaction is to dislike both. In most situations; the unusual is accepted easier when you package it in a traditional shape.
The base of this colour scheme is a pale grey which takes up 45% of the room. It’s a beautiful calm base for the large artwork. As I mentioned in the Kind of Blue post last week, with this scale room – height of ceiling and depth of room – the colour on the wall changes from the window to the back corner.
You get the impression the ceiling is white but to avoid a harsh contrast between it and the wall a much lighter version of the same colour has been used. Together with the ceiling, the lampshades and picture frame all equal 18% of the overall scheme.
On the floor at 15% is a stunning turquoise coloured rug. The uneven colour could be a design feature but most likely it will be due to what it’s made from. Silk and Viscose Rayon will both give the same effect, as when the pile changes direction the light reflects on one side and is absorbed on the reverse. Hence, the light and dark areas. If you prefer an even tone of colour on the floor, avoid either of these materials otherwise you’ll be constantly out with the vacuum trying to control the shading.
At 6% of the overall scheme is the midnight blue sofa. You may feel it consumes more but this is due to it being dark in colour. It’s only when you look at the area of the rug compared to the sofa that you realise the rug visually consumes more of the space.
The large scale artwork takes 5% of the space. It absolutely dominants the space and the pale pinky colour has been drawn out and used as the accent colour with the vases.
The grey armchairs are a similar tone to the wall and take 4% of the colour palette. Their curves are the perfect balance to the angular sofa.
Around the outskirts of the rug you’ll notice a 3% of a dark grey floor. I assume this is concrete which I think we could all agree, when paired with this wall would be hard and cold in such a large space. Should you be thinking about replacing the rug/concrete combination with a fitted carpet, I wouldn’t, it would not achieve the same effect. As with the frame on the artwork, the border of concrete around the parameter of rug frames the seating area and retains it together.
The pair of 2% black iron tables have a dual purpose. Together with the sofa they bring the dark visual weight further into the room creating a visual breathing space due to their open sided design. Imagine if these were one large table or two solid tables, the room would feel as if its full of heavy chunky pieces.
To add interest, 1% of aubergine from the artwork has been highlighted with the use of flowers on the coffee table.
And to add a touch of glamour and life, gold glass lamp bases have been introduced along with the transparent modern grey perspex chandelier. The transparent coloured light doesn’t fight with the dark sofa and sparkles when it’s turned on.
TIP: White is great for ceilings but not always the best answer. Look at the lightest version of your wall colour as a starting point.
TIP: When deciding what interior you want to create imagine knocking at your front door and being greeted by someone like Lady Gaga or Marion Cunningham, whom ever you choose says something about your personality, interiors talk in the same way. Whether you create an interior that slaps you (metaphorically speaking) when you walk in or one that doesn’t challenge the guest, always try and create something within the room that will be etched in their memory, I’m not talking about the cat clawing the their Marc Jacobs coat.
TIP: Placing furniture within or on a rug will connect individual pieces and create a single unit within the room which then focuses the guests as to where to sit. This will stop seating areas feeling disjointed.
I will be introducing some new sections in 2012 – this month I will be featuring a specially styled shoot just for The Colour Field based on the hot new colours for 2012. Come February, I will be adding another new section devoted to products. And once a month, starting February 6th, I will be on Facebook answering your interior conundrums. I say in advance please bare with me, I will aim to get through as many as I can. Simply post an image of your room with your problem.
Till next week.
*The colour on screen is not a true representation of actual colour