Your home is a collection….a layered timeline of your experiences, interests, and points of view. Your life isn’t one dimensional, why should your home be? Fill your home with objects that reflect your passions.
Mixing textures, colors, styles, weights.
This Paris apartment was recently featured in one of my favorite design blogs – Habitually Chic Blogspot. It’s a fantastic example of mixing – the more traditional gold leaf and ornate moldings with the pop of color and clean lines injected by the contemporay art piece. This color “pop” literally pulls your eye from the painting on the left,,,across the contemporary surfboard table with colorful ceramic vases,,,over to the turquoise clear glass on the right. This room has fabulous movement, color movement, textural interest, light play provided by the mirror and window.
Here’s mixing on a smaller scale. A tablescape by Suzanne Kasler, an Atlanta based interior designer. A tablescape is a vignette, a lifestyle shot. A brief, but powerful scene that leaves you wanting more. Here she combines the modern textural metal pieces with a more traditional painting, and honestly, what’s more classic than Leonardo da Vinci? The colors and textures play beautifully here.
Whether mixing an entire room, or just a vignette the result is well balanced, shows depth, and it a piece of art in it’s own right.
Here’s a simple, but very impactful example. Antique chairs with the contemporary art piece above. The linear chair backs “frame” the art above.
Included below are other wonderful examples.
This theme can also be carried outdoors.
Fontana di Trevi in Rome is a stunning combination of the original Baroque architecture by Nicola Salvi and scupltor Peitro Bracci. Built in 1762, the fountain was recently upgraded and restored (thanks to Fendi!), adding state-of-the-art LED lighting giving a bit of dramatic sparkle.
Here, Luis Bustamante, a Madrid interior designer added colorful contemporary art on top of a stairway framed with antique stone urns