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.
Hey there, friends. :-)
It’s time for another rendition of my Friday Room Translation series. This week, I fell in love with a really beautiful living room that I found on Emily A. Clark’s blog. I’m not sure of the original source since there is no link to it on her blog, so if any of you know of it, please share it with me!
I love how the designer of this interior used both contemporary and classical furniture — see that gorgeous Louis 16th side chair off to the right of the photograph? The Moroccan pouf and trellis rug make me oh-so-happy, as does the glitzy sunburst convex mirror. I die. Here’s my translation:
I think my favorite pieces of the decor from the translation have to be those pillows — don’t those look positively lush?!
What’s your favorite part of the room or the Room Translation?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Things are winding down around here. I only have three more weeks of school left in front of me, and then it’s Final Project time — another three weeks. I’m going to be taking a little bit of a break in between the end of the “schoolyear” and the time that I actually begin my Final Project because I have a couple of vacations planned that take up some time during July. I have so many awesome things to share with you all and I am so, so excited at the prospect of blogging again. Oh, how I have surely missed it!
My husband and I have been blessed with a sweet addition to our family. He came during the month of April, and while this is not a crying or cooing bundle of joy, he is a furry bundle of joy who we love dearly already. Meet Kuma Morley!
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!
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