We all dream of having the perfect home, a home which represents our individual style and response on our daily needs.
A home which is made to measure for us and our guests. Our home is a mirror of ourselves as individuals, and making a home is a constant search for creating the ideal place for the soul. The most common question we need to ask ourselves, is what statement do we wish to make with our interior design, for both ourselves and others. There is simple way of breaking it down; Brave versus shy, bold vs. timeless, or simplicity vs. extravagance.
Let me upack it for you. A few years back we were working with an affluent gentleman who sat on the board of directors in a very famous and successful organisation. We designed a beautiful townhouse for him, but during the design decision process of the interior and furnishings, he always tended to make an understatement in the public areas of his house. He never wanted to relinquish his real desires. Understandably, in his position, bold statements could have been misinterpreted. So we created an impeccable timeless design which had staying power. If you want a design which is as fresh and relevant today as it was yesterday, and will continue to be tomorrow, you want use style, colour and materials that are considered to be classy, and have been designed to last.
Our decor resisted trends, it was simple and sophisticated, highly functional, yet not bland or boring. For example, we incorporated a very classic herringbone teak flooring in off white, surrounded by an Armani grey marble border, touching a crisp white wall with french wall mouldings in white. On the wall, we hung a contemporary artwork in egg shell and champagne colours. The furniture was a selection of grey silk casual chairs and a Champagne coloured velvet Sofa with captions. We brought together what belonged together. It was about creating a sense of balance and order.
However, in the private area of his home (the master suite) the client’s wish for social independence, and uniqueness found his expression with an overstatement. That is, bold design which is dominated by key design features and statements. It’s all about you, if you love it, then use it, that’s all that matters.
It’s about daring to experiment with form, colour and materials, and at the same time strategically placing them to create contrast, drama and illusion. In this case we followed the same wooden flooring, but now placed a poison green lounge chair against the same french moulding wall painted in matt carbon black, with an oversized floor lamp placed upon on a mustard colour round rug under the chair. The rest of the Furniture was kept matt black velvet against a Dior grey wallpaper.
The last step was to accessorise the room with elements of surprise (21 poison green glass apples attached to the wall) and we achieved that “wow” effect when entering the room. You can imagine that both styles created a dialog between the interior and the user, making sure the message was clear whichever language you speak.
Written By: Medy Navani
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