Bedrooms should be a place where you linger and relax. Besides a soft spot to lay your head, what is it that a bedroom needs to keep you coming back for more?
Element of Space:
This bedroom is a medium size. The main positive space is utilized by the queen size upholstered bed, lounge chairs and ottoman. The negative space is decorated by the use of a large rug and dark stained timber floors. A sense of height has been created by the large beveled mirrors and ceiling to floor drapes. The use of a light color pallet in the room gives the illusion of a larger space and the plain patterns helps remove the uncluttered look.
Element of Line & Shape:
The horizontal lines involved through the bed throw and bed footer brings a restful feeling to this bedroom. The vertical lines used in the mirrors and drapery have created a sense of height and brings a formal atmosphere tying in with the formal color palette. The curves from the winged chairs, tea table and chandelier creates a sensual, graceful feeling that softens this room like the textures used. The bed footers rectangular shape also sets a focal point for the eyes to glide over the room. The ottoman and chandelier are of round shape suggesting exclusivity.
Element of Color:
The two main colors in this room are beige and grey with a hint of black, defining and bringing a dramatic and elegant touch. The beige used on the throw, pillows, chairs and tea table represents quiet and pleasantness. The monochromatic grey is timeless, and classic in this room. It is a sophisticated color without much of the negative attributes of black without being as harsh and reducing the size of the space.
Element of Texture:
The textures are simple and organic in this room. The wallpaper is made out of silk and the firewood balances the natural, organic feeling.
Element of Light:
There is a lot of artificial light in this room. Having so much artificial makes it primal to complementing which part of the room you want to highlight for certain times of the day or décor to show off. The natural light however rests behind the two lounge chairs creating an ideal place for a relaxing read.
Element of Pattern:
The patterns is this room are simple making this room not as cluttered as it would look if there was a lot of pattern used as this room as it is quite full with décor. The pattern used on the roman blinds suggests elegance working with the elegant use of the grey and winged lounge chairs.
Principle of Balance:
Balance has been achieved in this bedroom thought the elements of pattern, color and lines all coming together and creating a contemporary look and restful feel. Balance has also been created by the natural uses of plants and wood in this room. A balance is also achieved vertically through the ceiling to floor drapes, mirrors and artwork.
Principle of Rhythm & Repetition:
A sense of rhythm and repetition has been achieved in this bedroom through the use of monochromatic color. Repetition has also been achieved through the ongoing sense of restfulness and elegance through textures and patterns used. There is a repetition of two going around this room also.
Principle of Emphasis:
The main emphasis in this room is the bed giving it a purpose of being a bedroom. The other emphasis in this bedroom is the fireplace though unable to be used it is filled with firewood making it a feature.
Principle of Proportion and Scale:
Choosing a smaller double sized bed has worked in proportion with the smaller sized bedroom. The mirrors and artwork are within scale of each other creating proportion between the positive spaces utilized on the floor to the wall space.
Principle of Harmony:
Harmony has been achieved in this room through the use of color. The grey is simple, elegant and clean working in harmony with the simple, clean textures. The grey subconsciously helps us sleep longer and deeper as it is suppressive and can prepare us for hibernation bringing more harmony to this room.
What is it that a bedroom needs to keep you coming back for more?
I find this sophisticated lounge to be harmonious. The whites and blues are well distributed and give a feeling of relaxation and calmness. The placement of furniture pieces makes it a place ideal for conversation, the placement of lamps creates interesting highlights when dark, and the tall curtains and high vaulted ceiling give an air of grandiosity, successfully achieving sophistication and airiness in the space, sprinkled with golds and interesting accents.
A sense of airiness is mostly derived from the space—a high vaulted ceiling and the generous space between furniture pieces. Space is a luxury, and the wider, the more sophisticated.
The many windows that dress the wall behind the sofa let in generous natural light, which floods the space during the day. When dark, the cove lighting perpendicular to the ceiling beams, accentuates the vaulted ceiling, maintaining the feeling of spaciousness it gives.
The pendant lamp above the mantle, the table lamp behind the 3-seater sofa, and the fire in the firebox give interesting accent lighting at night.
The ombre curtains give away the clear line that divides the white from the blue; the airiness from the sophistication. White visually opens up the space even more, and the blues convey an air of royalty.
The visually sturdy vertical lines of the coffee table legs, the structure of the marble fireplace, the tall windows, and the beams of the ceiling impart a vibe of sophistication.
The golden accents as seen on the coffee table, the base of the table lamp behind the 3-seater sofa, and the inside rim of the pendant lamp above the mantle, add elegance to the space, making it even more sophisticated.
The shape of the structure is almost origami-like. Its details make it interesting. The rigidness of the squares of the space (coffee table and fireplace), although lacking in details, adds class to the space. The curves of the slipper chairs are welcoming, promising to give comfort to those who sit.
The space looks very smooth, sleek and soft: The walls and ceiling look smooth; the polished windows, mantle and coffee table, sleek; and the fabrics used on the curtains, pillows, cushions, and seats are velvet-like, promising softness and warmth to the touch. The carpet looks like it would give a tingling sensation when walked on barefoot while giving warmth. The sight of flowers ensures that the space smells good and fresh.
The damask patterns on the throw pillows add to the space’s sophistication. They look baroque and valuable. So do the toile de jouy vases on the mantle, seeming to belong to an important collection of porcelain. The grey veins of the white marble stone, as seen on the fireplace, take me back to the classics—when the Greeks and Romans built colossal structures.
The shape of the structure should be origami-like
An elegant dining room is the perfect place to entertain in style, setting the scene for convivial dining in luxurious surroundings with elaborate finishing touches.
The room itself is very important, so if we are lucky enough to have grand proportions, large windows or authentic period features such as an original fireplace make the most of them and build the scheme around them, enhancing the natural character of the room.
The dining table and chairs are also very important, so we need to choose carefully, making sure they do not dominate the room, but at the same time it is important make a focal point. A dark wood table and chairs will add a traditional period feel to the room, but to stop it from being too overwhelming introduce pops of color with cushions, table linen and accessories.
To give elegance in our style, we can add a statement light fitting such as a crystal chandelier or decorative pendant above the table to draw attention to the middle of the room and continue the elegant feel. Silver or glass candelabras also make a wonderful centerpiece on the table adding to the sense of grandeur. We can continue this theme with silver cutlery, crystal glassware and delicate china, adding elegant finishing touches to the table setting and leaving you ready to be the perfect host.