I was recently asked what I think makes an interesting and unique interior.
It’s such a chunky question and of course there are many answers. But what I kept thinking about was this– the best interior design has to reflect the client’s personality, needs to have layers of texture and should have a “collected look.”
One of my favorite ways to create visual interest is to mix textures.
Like silk (on the benches) and mohair on the table with nail heads. My client wasn’t too sure when I suggested orange mohair to upholster a custom console table I designed but in the end she loves it and is glad she took the risk.
To add layered interest without additional color, I chose an embroidered silk velvet for a pillow on a smooth woven chair. The effect is subtle but lovely.
A concrete lamp on a Korean wedding chest provide an interesting contrast to a my client’s velvet headboard and silk Euro shams and drapery. One of my favorite fabrics is the cut velvet on the king shams.
For this client’s hallway, I liked the idea of hanging a very textured oil painting on a smooth grass cloth wall.
I had no idea what kind of lamps to put in this formal living room until I saw these hand thrown pottery pieces. I love the contrast (and color) against the antique velvet sofa and petrified wood bowl. My client said she would have never thought of putting these items together but she was excited to see that it all worked.
In the same living room, I like the primitive pottery on a formal and classic fireplace mantel. Unexpected and textured!
When my client asked me for a relaxed sunroom I chose a combination of linen and other natural fibers to work with a custom hand forged side table with antique wood top.
For my client who has a home in Florida, I chose an oyster shell lamp and a carved chest for the spotlight in her foyer. She appreciates unusual items and I always try to find things that will not only interest her but can also start a conversation when she entertains. The oyster lamp is a fun piece and I have been lucky enough to be at several of her parties where her guests not only touched it and smiled but also told me how much it looks like “her.”
I can’t say there is a magic formula for putting together an interesting interior. I always recommend using pieces that you love, collecting pieces and trinkets when you travel and try combining different textures. And if all else fails, call a professional!
What do you think makes an interior interesting?
Thanks for reading,
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