A Luxury Bath – Classic Style

A fresh new master bath remodel in a luxurious classic style features the Townsend Faucet by American Standard. As a designer and a DesignHound, I find that when designing spaces, shape and form are extremely important when trying to create … Continue reading

UNIFYING WITH COLOR

When tasked with the design of an entire home, one of the first things a designer must do, is create a color palette that will produce flow and continuity for a calm and enjoyable living space. Repeating accent colors throughout an open floor plan is critical for cohesiveness and is the level of attention to detail that these clients appreciated. This was a project that I enjoyed so much that I was sad when it was finished!  I did however get to return (it was out of state) when I entered it into a local Home Builder’s Association of Remodeled Homes and was subsequently published.  The interior was completely made over, but that’s another blog post.  The Color Concept is what brings all the rooms to a comfortable and relaxing state.

The client was a fun couple that wanted this second home away from home to be lively yet inviting for entertaining all their out of town guests. Unifying color is easy to spot in these photos: YELLOW!

 

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The beautifully glazed yellow ceiling with yellow salad plates and under-napkins unify the space and marry it to the rest of the house. Custom table. Grafitti Chandelier by Corbett Lighting.

 

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Custom painted Horse statues reflect the Clients personalities and I had them commissioned by a local artist. The yellow painted back panel of the built-ins and glow of the fire create a vibrant yet warm setting. Notice the touch of yellow in the custom rug on the right in the dining area. Yellows and grays along with plums are a beautiful combination. Custom furnishings: Bernhardt Furnitureone of my top sources for furniture at Patti Johnson Interiors that I love to visit when at High Point Furniture Market. Custom water feature and custom rugs. Contact Patti Johnson Interiors

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A pair of customized ottomans flank the entry to set the tones of color throughout the home.

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Can’t find the perfect art for your space? Check out Etsy for unique one of a kind pieces.

 

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A subtle black and white theme throughout this home is less stark when warm accent colors are added.

 

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Let the Art speak to the space.

 

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Comfy custom furnishings by Bernhardt Furniture.

 

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Yellow says fun and that’s exactly what the homeowner/clients wanted for this second home away from home designed for intimate entertaining.

 

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Scale is so important when adding seating to a space, not only is the scale of the furnishing important but the scale of the patterns at play.

 

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A touch of a unifying color situated in various points in the line of vision pull all spaces together.

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Photography: Aaron Stringer Photography and Patti Johnson

Top 5 Ways To Keep Your Balance in Design ~

Let’s chat about BALANCE.  Balance in Interior Design is not too different from balance in other areas of your personal or professional life. Why?  Dictionary.com defines it this way;

bal·ance

[bal-uhns]  noun, verb, -anced, -anc·ing.

noun
  • a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight amount, etc.
  • something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.
  • mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.

Notice  common words of calm and stability? That is what proper balance can bring to a well designed space. When a room is out of balance, you will tend to feel out of balance entering it or spending time in it.

A well balanced space can be determined in more than one way.

1. Visual Balance or weight: This can relate to a large bank of windows on one end of  a room with the opposing wall with nothing but a 12″ picture hanging in the center of it. It is important to properly balance the weight in the room. One side should not be overbearing. A solution to the bank of windows on a wall is a set of bookcases along the opposing wall to create visual balance or weight.  Notice in the definition above that other words for balance is weight and equilibrium.

Visual Balance, in my opinion, is the number one most important form of balance in designing a beautiful, inviting space and the one I will spend the most time chatting about.  It is wide ranging and encompasses more than the architecture of the room or large furnishings. Visual balance is key when accessorizing a room. Too much clutter can throw off even a well designed and balanced space. Balance your art and objects of desire appropriately, or better yet, have a professional Interior Designer assist you.

Visual balance allows your eye to rest between furnishings or objects.  A focal point is to draw your attention in a strong way to a particular spot or location in a space.  A focal point can also set the tone of the room and need to be balanced. A large stone fireplace on one wall is a beautiful focal point and you don’t necessarily want or need to detract from it, but how you arrange your seating around it can be very important to the success of the room.  The space created around furnishings and objects give the eye a place to rest. The balancing of tall and short is also key which gets us into another area of design, proportion, which Chatti Patti will address in a future post.  Maintaining good balance in very large rooms can be very tricky for an untrained eye and this is where an experienced Interior Designer can assist you in your quest for a beautiful and restful space.

Visual Balance

Beautiful symmetrical balance depicted here in this room. Photo via Pinterest with no credits.

2. Light Balance. You need to have more than a single glaring light in the center of the ceiling. Consider adding some perimeter recessed can lights or eyeball lights in front of a fireplace or bookcase. If you are using lamps, then you will want to balance the light within the space so as not to create dark spots. Offset the natural light coming in through the windows by installing a pendant light over a corner chair to cozy up the space at night or better yet, my favorite: sconces!

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Notice chandelier, sconces, floor lamp, daylight and candles all contribute to a well balanced lighting plan.Via Pinterest, Google Images.

 3. Color Balance: If you have opted for a contrast or accent wall, then you need to balance the room with some of that color elsewhere in the space. Suppose you have a strong turquoise wall, placing similar color objects of art or pillows throughout the area or incorporating turquoise into a window treatment or area rug will bring in the aspect of color balance. The multiple strong accent colors shown in the picture below are well balanced, thus keeping the design pleasing to the eye, by the repetition and even color blocking of the color selections. Although the colors in the room below are very vibrant, the positioning of the accents still create a restful space!
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Notice the accent colors are distributed around the room. The floor is anchored by a black rug and offset with black shaded pendant lighting. Photo via Pinterest, no url.

4. Texture Balance: If you have rough hewn wood flooring, don’t furnish out the room with smooth shiny objects and furnishings. Incorporate texture into the space by the addition of wool throws or an animal skin rug, etc. to “equal” out the texture.  Heavier weight fabrics such as the suede sofa shown below blend with the “feel” of the room in harmony. There is also a restful tone to this room created by the unification of color.

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Notice the overall rustic feel of this room via Pinterest. No furnishings or objects are too elegant for the comfortable balance of this space. Photo via atlantahomesmag.com.

5. Cost Balance: What in the world is this? This is a way I help clients achieve a well balanced project when keeping within a budget. An example of poor cost balance would be spending $10,000 on a down filled cushioned sofa and running out of money and then completing the room with put it together yourself furnishings. Great to invest in a few good pieces, but keep the “balance” of what you need to purchase in mind when writing those checks.

As mentioned earlier, not too very different from balancing your life in all other ways, keeping an eye on time with family, friends, work and play all take some effort yet yield great results as in good design!

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