Thursday, March 29, 2012

Decor - Traditional Fresh Nonchalant Interior. Living Room in Paris, France

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Traditional Fresh Nonchalant Interior - Living Room
Paris, France
Interior Design: Sabine de Gunzburg
Interior Design Photo via Elle Decor


The red-beige color pattern has a central 'say' in this decor.
The limited two-tone color scheme - red and beige - feels very vivid due to the presence and repetition of pattern on the chairs' upholstery and the throw pillows.
Variety in pattern is introduced through the rug's design.

The rug in this interior is not an element that unifies the seating area by being placed underneath, but it's an element that draws attention to itself by being placed in a way that emphasizes its own design - the very interesting way the rug is positioned generates a strong and engaging contrast with the precise art arrangement on the wall leading to a very nice traditional interior with a fresh, nonchalant twist.



Decor - Eclectic Foyer in Long Island, USA

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Marine theme for this home on Long Island
Decor - Eclectic Foyer
Long Island, New York, USA
Interior Design: Steven Gambrel

Interior Design Photo via Cote Maison

What an exciting foyer - both in its impressive size and the memorable display of art, objects and curiosities.
Imagine entering this space: a conversation will open up instantaneously. 

The two chandeliers positioned not central but on the sides of the room create a path that lead and draw the eyes to the sequence of rooms.

The tones of pastel blue on the walls and the double doors relate the space in a subtle way to its geographical position, and establish a marine theme. 

Various styles and elements are effortlessly combined, and coexist harmoniously: robust beams and country style inspired table, chandeliers from The Netherlands, ancient Greek design in the slim klismos inspired chairs, classically framed art.



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Decor - Contemporary Open Space in Poland

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Contemporary Open Space: Kitchen-Dining-Living
Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland
Interior Design: Wamhouse

modern home 42 Modern Family Home in Poland Featuring Bright Color Additions
Contemporary Open Space: Kitchen-Dining-Living
Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland
Interior Design: Wamhouse
modern home 32 Modern Family Home in Poland Featuring Bright Color Additions
Contemporary Open Space: Kitchen-Dining-Living
Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland
Interior Design: Wamhouse
Interior Design Photos via Freshome

There are no less than five (5) different types of light sources that have completely unrelated design in the living-dining-kitchen area.
Is this a lighting showroom? 

In the living area the black seating pieces are very chunky in contrast with the light glass coffee table, continuing the visual distress.

The unhappy contrast and lack of scale is carried further: the large, massive black seating pieces are next to a slim, way too narrow, and white dining table, and dining chairs with very thin legs.



Decor - Modern Classic Living Area in a small apartment. Paris, France

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Modern Classic Living Area in a small apartment
Paris, France
Architecture & Interior Design: Agnes Combus & Manuel Bonnemazou

Interior Design Photo via Marie Claire Maison

This lovely living area is in a small apartment that has a total of 60 square meters / 645 square feet.

The selection of objects is so well done, it creates so much visual involvement that the room's size gets overlooked.
The round rug with the concentric circles pattern acts as a focal point, drawing attention to the center of the room.
The shape of the curved sofa and the position of the red chairs mimic the rug's shape.
More round shapes in the cork stools/accent tables, and the coffee table provide repetition and unity.

Two strong and successful contrasts bring in interest and variety: 
- the contrast of complementary colors: green and red, 
- the contrast in shape: the spindly legs of the coffee table versus the well-built shapes of the seating pieces.

And the floor lamp with its raw design resembling a crane is such a perfect choice to complete this petite charming interior.



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Decor - Living Room Interior in Uruguay

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Living Room
Punta Piedras, Punta del Este, Uruguay
Architecture: Estudio Martin Gomez Arquitectos
modern home 51 Original Modern Home Design: Psicomagia Residence in Uruguay
Living Room
Punta Piedras, Punta del Este, Uruguay
Architecture: Estudio Martin Gomez Arquitectos
Interior Design Photos via Freshome


I have never seen such a furniture arrangement so far: the four existent chairs in this interior are each positioned far away from each other, each in one corner of the room.
Is this chairs layout supposed to replace a compass with its four cardinal points?
Or the message actually is that everyone sitting here is or it should be on his own?

And considering that there is no ceiling light, and one of the chairs at the window doesn't have its own individual / task light, I assume the person sitting there at night will just have to deal with the situation at being in the dark.

O, well ...



Interior Design - Bank Interior in Poland

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PKO Bank Polski
Poland
Interior Design: Robert Majkut

PKO Bank 1 Modern Bank Design Experimenting with Color and Geometry in Poland
PKO Bank Polski
Poland
Interior Design: Robert Majkut

PKO Bank 8 Modern Bank Design Experimenting with Color and Geometry in Poland
PKO Bank Polski
Poland
Interior Design: Robert Majkut

PKO Bank 10 Modern Bank Design Experimenting with Color and Geometry in Poland
PKO Bank Polski
Poland
Interior Design: Robert Majkut

Interior Design Photos via Freshome

This interior it's quite well done for... well, a night club / a casino / or whatever other types of entertainment at night are out there.

For an institution, for a Bank, no way! 

You don't go to a meeting at a Bank, and to have a feeling that a stripper might show up from around a corner.

Absolutely inappropriate.



Saturday, March 24, 2012

Decor - Eclectic Casual Formal Glamorous Luxurious Interior. Living Room in London, England

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Eclectic Casual Glamorous Luxurious Decor - Living Room
London, England
Interior Design: Peter Mikic
Interior Design Photo via Elle Decor

The great melange of textures, shapes, pattern and ornament creates wonderful contrasts and variety and enliven the reserved blue-gray-brown-white color scheme.

Sofa's grand size makes it into a great focal point.

A strong yet very balanced size and shape contrast is created between the top and the bottom / ceiling and floor: the ceiling has a delicate, and detailed ornament while the sofa has a large size and clean design, and the rug has a simple, clear, large, geometrical pattern.

The play of round lines and shapes - circles pattern (rug), oval shapes (sofa, coffee table), and straight lines and shapes - square (mirrored tiles on the wall), strong horizontals and verticals (window's frames), squares and rectangles design (light fixture) create another excellent contrasts and variety.

The textural blend is not as evident yet in a more subtle way it contributes to the overall casual glamorous luxurious feeling: wood (wide planks flooring ), gray silk (wallcovering), mirrored tiles (walls), velvet (couch).

And the very edited use of accessories - a classic mirror and two modern artworks - punctuate the space, bring in color accents, and complete the space in a lovely manner.

Although aesthetically pleasing, and its shape mimics sofa's shape so beautifully, the center coffee table has a wrong proportion: it is way to small for the sofa's generous size, for when a large group of people gets to sit and enjoy a drink together.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Decor - Casual luxury in a traditional master bedroom in Montana, USA

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Master Bedroom
Montana, USA
Interior Design: Ray Booth
Interior Design Photo via Elle Decor

The four poster bed creates a great focal point, and together with the hanging fabric panels that flank the bed they lift the eyes up, and give an imposing feeling to the space.

The flanking panels that are identical with the windows curtains also provide a very nice repetition, and enhance the room's cozy wrapping feeling.

The chandelier is a very nice choice both in scale - large enough for the space, and design - it's airy and simple shape brings in a sense of quiet simplicity that complements so nicely the overall feeling of casual luxury of this master bedroom.

The muted two-tone color palette gets a lot of variety, contrast, and interest due to the melange of textures: wood, plushy (the rug), fur (the throw on the wing chair), iron (the chandelier).

The art, photos, books, and objects display on the open shelves bring in further visual interest.


Decor - Retro Modern Minimalist Interior. Living Room in Warsaw, Poland

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Retro Modern Minimalist Interior - Living Room
Warsaw, Poland
Interior Design: Exit Interior Design Studio

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Retro Modern Minimalist Interior - Living Room
Warsaw, Poland
Interior Design: Exit Interior Design Studio
 Interior Design Photos via Freshome

Very nice and subtle mix of hard and soft, matte and shiny textures: 
- wood (the matte wall paneling and flooring, the shiny occasional tables), 
- stone (the inset shelving), 
- leather (the two chairs), 
- soft plushy (the sofa).

The wood is the dominant texture, and the wood panelled wall acts a focal point that envelops the space.

The textural variety is beautifully unified by the reserved color scheme.

Another unifying element are the lines and shapes: most of the elements have strict, severe lines, while variety and contrast are introduced through the rounded lines and shapes of the table lamp, the chrome back support and legs of the chairs, and accessories. 

The scale and proportions work very well.



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Decor - Open Space that mixes elegant, glamorous, informal, natural - Dining Area & Sitting Area in Athens, Greece

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Open Space: Dining Area & Sitting Area
Athens, Greece
Architecture & Interior Design: Dimitris Economou
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Open Space: Dining Area & Sitting Area
Athens, Greece
Architecture & Interior Design: Dimitris Economou
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Open Area: Dining Area & Sitting Area
Athens, Greece
Architecture & Interior Design: Dimitris Economou

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Open Space: Dining Area & Sitting Area
Athens, Greece
Architecture & Interior Design: Dimitris Economou
Interior Design Photos via Contemporist

The left side (dining area) is an intriguing mix of textures and contrasts:
- elegant glamorous - gleaming black glass chandelier, polished black table, black candle holders, smooth, black and having a sheen floor covering;
- informal - the chairs' design that recall of a bar atmosphere;
- natural elements - the very large art work depicting a rock wall.

The choice of a chaise lounge and a suspended bubble chair at right:
- the area / these seating pieces don't have or provide any connection with the dining part;
- who suppose to sit in there and when? It is simply unfit to place such 'inviting to relax' chairs in a transit area - in between the entrance door and / or when landing from the stairs.
Such type of chairs are meant for a place where longer time is going to be spent.

Therefore, this area should have been more appropriately furnished:
- either as a foyer (and to be related to the entry);
or
- as an easy, flexible sitting area where several people could enjoy a small chat and a drink before a dinner (and therefore to be related to the dining area).

Nice recessed ceiling detail yet the shape and the dimensions are both wrong:
- the architectural recessed detail would have make sense to be over the dining area only - with the purpose of delimitating, and emphasizing the dining area;
- the recessed detail should have not been extended over and above the entrance area - and its effect to be ruined by turning the rectangle shape into a strange shape.

The restrained brown-black-white color scheme that is used throughout intends to unify the entire open area.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Decor - Eclectic, Exuberant, Maximalist Interior. Living Room in Sao Paolo, Brazil

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Eclectic, Exuberant, Maximalist Decor - Living Room
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Interior Design: Sig Bergamin
Eclectic, Exuberant, Maximalist Decor - Living Room
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Interior Design: Sig Bergamin
 Interior Design Photos via Architectural Digest


In case you are shocked, confused, or you wonder what's going on in this interior - well, it is A LOT but the amazing variety / the over the top combination with the over the top result is done in a skillful way:
- The furniture has mostly classic lines;
- The decorative pillows are in ikat pattern;
- The glass vases display are all Murano;
- The art is all contemporary.

Although the main surfaces create a color scheme that's very daring in itself - blue-green walls, orange curtains, red seating pieces - they are otherwise almost plain (patternless), and they rather act as a background for the exuberant exhibit of accessories.

The enveloping rainbow effect comes from the use of unrestrained, colorful and patterned accents - a myriad of vividly colored pillows, an equally colorful display of a Murano-glass vessels collection whose effect is multiplied by the mirrors, eye-catching art.

And, because the room is Mostly About the Accessories it makes the décor very dynamic, it allows the space to behave in a chameleonic way: the exuberant result could be easily changed / toned down by playing with / replacing the colorful, patterned accessories to create a new atmosphere (even though I think it's a safe bet to say that the designer won't opt for a different feeling any time soon).



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Decor - Elegant Traditional Interior. Foyer in New York, USA

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Elegant Traditional Decor - Foyer
New York, USA
Interior Design: Iain Halliday
Interior Design Photo via Elle Decor

Beautiful unity given by the repetition of a delicate floral pattern and the use of a monochromatic color scheme.
The red flowers and books, the yellow-gold mirror frame, chandelier, and chair (reflected in the mirror) provide very subtle color accents.
The plain rug and the robust table make a great contrast against the finely carved antique mirror and glass chandelier.

The leaning mirror resting on the floor creates another contrast: it lends a casual feeling to this elegant and fine traditional foyer.



Decor - Casual Chic Interior. Dining Room

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Casual Chic Interior - Dining Room
Interior design: Jeff Andrews 
Interior Design Photo via Traditional Home

Excellent lighting choice: the hanging pendants spread across the entire table bring in variety and contrast – their slim design versus the weighty furniture.
And the pendants repetition provides a very pleasing rhythm.

Excellent ‘table scape’ too - organic textures, casual red tumbles that repeat the color on the chairs and pillows, and mimic the casual grouping of the above pendants - unify the decor.

This room accomplishes a lot: simple individual choices that work so well together in creating a casual yet chic décor.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Decor - Interior that mixes Glamour, Traditional, Vintage and Casual

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Interior that mixes Glamorous, Traditional, and Vintage - Guest Bedroom
Interior design: Jeff Andrews
 Interior Design Photo via Traditional Home

The high headboard creates drama. So the mirrored night tables.

Intriguing contrasts are added to the mix:
- the tufted bench at the bed's foot is too massive while the chairs at the window are too slim;
- the mirrored side tables says 'glamour', the rug with its not too smooth, and large scale pattern says 'coarse', the paisley pattern on the headboard says 'traditional', and the pillows and the blanket on the bed say 'casual'.

Decor - Traditional Living Room in Yellow, and Soft, Plushy Textures

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Interior in Yellow - Living Room
Interior Design: Jeff Andrews
 Interior Design Photo via Traditional Home

The suspended corner lighting adds very nice interest to what would otherwise be an empty corner.

Considering the chair rail normally lowers the ceiling it's quite a daring choice to have a chair rail in a room that is already not to high.
But it actually works very well - the chair rail blends in and elevates the low back of the sectional, and together with the large plushy rug they all create a cozy, intimate feeling.

The wall of mirrors seems too busy in contrast with the next wall that seems a bit void.

Decor - Contemporary Open Space Interior. Dining Room and Living Room in Cape Town, South Africa

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Decor - Contemporary Interior. Dining Room & Living Room
Cape Town, South Africa
Nico Van Der Meulen Architects 

Moss Oklands 10 Modern Architecture Conversion in South Africa: Moss Oaklands Residence
Decor - Contemporary Interior. Dining Room & Living Room
Cape Town, South Africa
Nico Van Der Meulen Architects 

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Decor - Contemporary Interior. Dining Room & Living Room
Cape Town, South Africa
Nico Van Der Meulen Architects 
 Interior Design Photos via Freshome

In the dining area (photos # 1 and # 3): why the windows are pushed so high so they look like being ‘strangulated’ by the ceiling?

Why their top line is not aligned with the door’s top line (at left) to provide continuity?

The whole dining area is elevated on a platform - which makes it interesting.

The adjacent living area (photos # 1 and # 2):  the purpose of (having) a fireplace is to enjoy it and feel it from its closeness.
Also, the fireplace could also be a great focal point in the room too.

The way the seating furniture is placed - either too far, or with the back to the fireplace - deprives the space from both of the above: enjoying the fireplace by creating a fireside seating area, emphasizing the fireplace as a focal point.

The coffee table and the rug - they are in a disproportionate size: both of them too small for the area’s expanse.

The round ottoman with its stylized floral design introduces variety and pattern but in a distracting way.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Decor - Interior that blends the Past with Contemporary and Chinese touches

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Un salon entre classique et contemporain
Decor - Interior that blends the Past with Contemporary and Chinese touches
Interior Design: Stephane Plassier
 Interior Design Photo via Marie Claire Maison


- Parquet flooring, vintage wallpaper remnants, an old rug, deep colors, a classic portrait casually leaned on the chair rail, a massive mirror over a chimney, double doors;
- Two chairs painted as rally cars, unadorned windows;
- A very low table paired with rolled blankets as seating ...
... what an unique atmosphere - that maintains the past and at the same time reinvents it by integrating contemporary and Chinese touches - emerges.

Overall:
An interior that makes you feel like you've landed on a countryside estate from an old time novel, only to surprise you with the unexpected twists.

Decor - Soaring Ceiling Heights, Spare Furnishings. Living Area in Israel

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Living Area
Israel
Sharon Neuman Architects

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Living Area
Israel
Sharon Neuman Architects 

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Living Area
Israel
Sharon Neuman Architects 
 Interior Design Photos via Freshome

A low back sofa, a very low coffee table, a too high hanging cluster of globes, and art displayed at ‘left to choice’ heights and places – all in a space that features soaring ceiling heights. 
How all these suppose to work together? 

And what’s the wall niche / shelf filled with toys doing in there?

Overall: 
So many confusing lines, heights, openings.

Industrial versus chic, elegant versus laid back - fun, easy, dramatic decor

Have a look at the images below.

These are excellent compositions in a showroom presenting a new premium line of kitchens and wardrobes: industrial versus classic, elegant versus laid back - are contrasts that make the rooms look fun, easy to live in, and dramatic.
 
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Kitchens and Wardrobes Showroom
Designed by architect Henrique Steyer, from Albus Design for Brazilian furniture manufacturer Florense

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Kitchens and Wardrobes Showroom
Designed by architect Henrique Steyer, from Albus Design for Brazilian furniture manufacturer Florense 

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Kitchens and Wardrobes Showroom
Designed by architect Henrique Steyer, from Albus Design for Brazilian furniture manufacturer Florense 
 Decor Photos via Freshome

Friday, March 16, 2012

Decor. Living Room in Jozefow, Poland

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Decor - Living Room
Jozefow, Poland
Interior Design: ZAG Architekci 

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Decor - Living Room
Jozefow, Poland
Interior Design: ZAG Architekci 
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Decor - Living Room
Jozefow, Poland
Interior Design: ZAG Architekci
 Interior Design Photos via Freshome

What works and why in this interior design projects that intends to create a simple, functional decor:
Nothing works.

What doesn't work and why:
Yellow-brown (on the floor) - red (on the rug) - grey (on the sofa) - the way it is this color combination looks so bad. At least it's good the walls and ceiling are white.

Where are the two globe pendants positioned? It looks like they are placed in an absolutely random location.

A too small coffee table - that is 'adorned' with remote controls in a photo or two, and with a red bowl in another one.

Oh, and the clock on the wall and the throw pillows, especially the one with a floral pattern - where were these items picked up from, and why they have been chosen for?
To introduce variety, contrast, pattern?
They just make things worse + the pillows are constantly moved around, in each photo they land in a different spot.

Absolutely nothing is related to anything else - it looks like several people went to do the shopping for this interior completely on their own, and they arbitrary purchased the first item that happened to catch their attention.

Overall:
A boxy architecture, and an interior that intends to be simple, but it totally messes the things up. Simplicity is difficult.