Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pick Something

Some of the most successful interiors are developed by selecting one major element in a space and making it the star.  Everything else in the room plays a supporting role, remaining visually quiet. Like a choir with a soloist, a cast of actors in a movie with it's lead character, or a ballet troupe with a prima ballerina, not everyone or everything can shine all at once.  The more quiet the supporting parts, the more dramatic the outcome will be.

Ceiling - no showstopping, sculptural furnishings or colorful fabrics here....just that amazing ceiling.

Color - so rich you want to just wrap yourself up in it.

Pattern - the bed is almost non-existent, everything else plain.

Art - so dramatic, nothing else competes.

Vessel sink - with support from vanity top and walls.

Wall finish - the banquette is so neutral and unassuming by comparison.

Marble - details and cabinetry are all so simple.

Wallpaper - nothing else pretends to compete.

Sometimes it's best not to overwork everything in a space.  Let one thing stand alone and appreciate the plain-ness of the rest.

Image credits:  Robin Bell - House Beautiful, Eric Lysdahl - House Beautiful, Windsor Smith - House Beautiful, Alberto Pinto - Architectural Digest, Carla Aston - Aston Design Studio, Alessandra Branca - Southern Accents, David Kleinberg - Architectural Digest, Amanda Nesbit - House Beautiful


Barbara@HausDesign said...

So well said and the images illustrate your point beautifully!

DecRenew Interiors said...

Beautiful images! Great post

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

I love the blue and white bedroom, which surprised me because I tend to stay away form busy patterns. Gorgeous images with a great point made.
Have a great day, Carla.

Erin {House of Turquoise} said...

Such a great post, filled with awesome examples! I absolutely adore the ceiling in that first image...incredible!

Jimmy The Undercover Designer said...

That is a beautiful bathroom. So is the AD image with the big flower painting.

Stacy CUrran said...

Great point and great examples!!

Anonymous said...

fabulous ideas...I like the idea of taking one element and making it the focal point of the room! the first image is amazing..

Jessie said...

I absolutely agree with your point and your gorgeous example of images clearly illustrate that. Every room needs a wow factor to make it captivating and memorable. Well said.

Have a great day, Carla!


Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

So true...We always say let's incorporate at least one really fabulous thing into every space. Lovely post. XO, Mona said...

I love these images! And you are so right. I just bought a wallpaper for my dining room that's going to demand restraint on everything else. Um. That's going to be hard!!

Karen said...

This could be a great way to save money too-just putting the money into one showstopper is less expensive than trying to make every piece in the room shine.

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