Following up on my space planning post from last week, here are a few additional photos of the chelsea duplex I worked on several years ago. The main level featured a bedroom, and a kitchen extending into an open layout with the dining room and living room. A nice sized terrace adjoined the living room on the wall near the fireplace. On the stairway leading up to the master bedroom we designed a custom built in for books and storage. An open layout is increasingly popular space planning option in residential units in New York City. Natural light is an essential component in higher end real estate and developers are seeking to maximize value by creating larger open living areas so potential purchasers have the option to entertain.
Following up on my earlier article of designing mostly with black or dark grays, another option is to limit the darker colors to just the flooring and/or accent pieces. Accent walls are also a possibility but it really depends on the layout of the room, the direction of the natural light and the function of the wall in question. Dark accent walls are particularly effective in workstation areas because they limit the reflectivity of a lighter wall color when staring at a computer for extended periods of time.
The downside to dark wood floors is that they need to be cleaned frequently. A cerused finish on dark flooring is a great option if you are concerned about maintenence. If you have existing wood floors and do not have the budget to purchase new flooring, they can always be sanded and refinished in a darker color which will completely transform the look of the space.
Lighting brings interiors to life and chandeliers are not only functional but they can also be the perfect accent element to complete a room.
The size and shape of the chandelier should be based on the size and shape of the dining room and the dining table, The three chandeliers below are perfect to hang over a rectangular dining table. Dual chandeliers like the Murano glass chandeliers in the second picture are also a great option when working with rectangular rooms.
Eclectic design is a mixture of styles, periods and sometimes unique elements in a space. The most effective eclectic design incorporates the right balance of disparate elements in a cohesive way. When done well the interior will look phenomenal and memorable, following a seemingly uniform style. On the other hand if too many items from different styles are put together without a thorough understanding of proportion, scale, color and balance, the space will feel more like a collector’s showcase of items instead of an effective, harmonious design. Today eclectic interior design often connotes a modern, clean style mixed with vintage elements. Here are some examples of an effective eclectic mix of design elements.