Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Take a Style Cue from Architecture

One of the surest ways to make your interiors sing is to ENHANCE the relationship between the interior furnishings and the architecture of your house. If you are lucky enough to have a beautiful stone facade like the one shown above, consider playing up the "old world" quality by incorporating raw materials like iron, wood, and glass. Velvets, tapestries, leather, wool and silk fabrics will add to it's authenticity.

Take advantage of a beautiful window to create a focal point for the bedroom...

This outdoor room showcases a well-defined relationship between the beautiful moorish shape cut-out in the plaster; the tile-work; and the playful blue tables.

Place a great chandelier in the air-space created by a hipped roof. The chandelier adds a sense of intimacy to the voluminous ceiling.

Here you find a wonderful relationship between Modernist architecture made popular in the 1920's and 30's (can you see the great glass curtain wall) and modern furniture from the same period such as the Barcelona chairs created by Mies van der Rohe. We love incorporating classic Knoll furniture into clients' homes. We have found great prices from ALLMODERN.COM and they are a certified Knoll dealer.

Exposed rafters create a perception of more space and the feeling is even more enhanced with the use of white paint. If your home has such a condition consider beachy-cottage furnishings or you could play up an industrial-loft type space.

These exposed beams add an atmospheric warmth and intimacy. Exposed beams lend well to rustic, beach-cottage, modern, industrial or virtually any interior style. If you have a not-so-interesting ceiling space, you could always consider adding beams as well!

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