It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Room Translation, so I thought that it might be a fun change of pace for today. I love beachy spaces. I especially love them when the designer leaves the kitsch out of the decorating and simply adorns the room with natural elements, cozy (slip-covered!) furniture, and a few water references throughout. Nope, no anchors or sails for me — I want subtle suggestions of the beach and the occasional shell or two. That, to me, is what dreamy beachy spaces are made of.
I love this interior. The chaise lounge is begging to be sat in, don’t you think? I love the warmth from the brick fireplace that is paired beautifully with that rustic taupe console table. Casual water colors are dropped in here and there in the perfect way that makes this space say, “I am a house made for days by the water and nights by the fire.” I also love the beadboard accent wall, which adds a bit more texture to the space. However, this room is surely not lacking in the texture department. Look around and notice all of the elements of this room that you can feel without even having to touch them! Anyway, here’s my translation:
Hey, there! I thought that today I could open up a discussion about Three-Dimensional Design. This is a great way to decorate with intention and really draw upon a little bit of whimsy and sweetness in a space. Three-Dimensional Design is…
…Taking something from two-dimensional to three-dimensional…
Simple enough, right? Let me show you what exactly I mean.
Do you see the artwork in the background with the red and white design? Well, those colors have intentionally been brought into the three-dimensional realm with the addition of the wingback chair and pillow (although, I find that pillow sort of disappointing, don’t you?).
This example is a little bit harder to see — you’ll just have to look closely! The mural on the back wall of all of the plants is stepped forward with a real plant, which is off to the right side. See it? This is one of the most classic ways in which to use three-dimensional design — and one of the easiest!
Where are some areas in your home where you have used three-dimensional design. I’ll bet it’s one of those things that you’ve been doing without even realizing you’re doing it! ;-)
All images from Lonny.
It’s a simple thing to talk about, but we all know the importance of placing a mirror at an angle or in a space that is going to reflect favorably for the room. Ideally, you don’t want to see your ceiling fan in a mirror’s reflection, or an unflattering corner, or anything that doesn’t scream beauty. This can be easier said than done, as most all of us probably know, but I thought it might be fun to look at some pretty inspiration pictures of interiors where the beauty is only enhanced by what is reflected back at us.
Do you try to make what reflects in your mirrors count? Have you found a fool-proof way to do this yet?! ;-)
Let’s talk about the Rule of Threes. This is a “rule of thumb” that I have learned while in school and I have found it very beneficial while in the process of designing spaces for (at this point) hypothetical clients. You can use this rule for your own home, while critiquing what you like and dislike about interiors you find on Pinterest, or if you are designing a space for someone else to enjoy. The Rule of Threes means…
…Repeating a dominant color or pattern on a vertical plane, a seating plane, and a floor plane…
It really is that simple. Let’s take a look at some pretty examples.
This is a great representation of what I’m talking about. Do you see how the magenta color of the draperies is repeated in the sofa and then thrown into the lines between the purple geometric pattern on the area rug? This application allows your eyes to move around the space and is generally more pleasing to look at than a space where colors and patterns are randomly dispersed.
Can you find the Rule of Threes in this photograph? I bet you can! Isn’t this just really pleasant to look at? I wouldn’t say that it’s “expected,” — it’s still a really interesting and unique space. But it just makes us feel better to be grounded in an interior. The Rule of Threes helps us to accomplish that overall goal.
This example has more to do with repeating colors within different patterns. Look at the window treatment to the left, then the two striped pillows on the bed, and then the sweater for the floor. See the similarities? It doesn’t have to be boring!
With this example, I’m going to refer to rhythm. Rhythm in the wallpaper, the houndstooth pillows, and the plaid ottoman. Consistent rhythm that makes for a punctuated space on all three planes of vision.
All photos from Lonny.
So…here’s the deal. I’ve finally decided on a color scheme for our living room. Gray, neutral textures, gold/silver accents, and coral. I like the idea of keeping with a soft color palette so that I can switch out my accent colors ever couple of years or whenever I want! I’m really looking forward to painting a good amount of our furniture so that it looks great in this soon-to-be-neutral space. But this idea started with a vase.
For now, she sits on my lucite tray next to my gilded egg dome. ;-) But things are always moving all over the place around here. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!
- Choosing Bedroom Paint Colors & Choosing Bedroom Paint | Pottery Barn (potterybarn.com)
- Dining Room Paint Colors & Paint Colors for Dining Room | Pottery Barn (potterybarn.com)
- Layers of Gray (inspirationaffirmation.com)
I know…creative post title. ;-) But really, that’s all that I did! I had some leftover fabric from another project that I wanted to use and a funny post card that I picked up at a craft fair not too long ago and they both seemed like the perfect additions to the gallery wall.
Inexpensive frames from Tar-jay!
- Add Color to Your Space Without the Commitment of Painting (apartmentguide.com)
When my husband and I moved in together, we had even more of a hodge-podge of furniture than we do now. Things are starting to come together pretty well, but it wasn’t always that way. One of the pieces of furniture that we have that I really love is an old side table that he had when he was a kid! Now it sits in our living room, awaiting a good paint job when I find a moment in my abundant spare time, lol. But I figured an easy way to update it a little bit while it sits in the must-paint-this line was to change the hardware!
Originally, I was going to go with lucite handles, but when I went to Lowe’s, I ended up falling in love with some knobs instead! Go figure!
I really loved the contemporary knot design, and the fact that they were a gold/brass color made the birds sing, in my opinion! ;-) We all know how much I love that finish.
- How to Spruce Up Space Using Old Furniture (everydayfamily.com)
- How to Choose Furniture & Choosing Furniture | Pottery Barn (potterybarn.com)