You don’t have to be an interior designer to know about the concept of a focal point or accent wall. Every television designer and diy design books discuss it as a simple way to add interest to space. This concept is completely true. Every space should contain a heierarchy of features to creat unity. Hotels in Las Vegas, for example, use focal point and interest features, which is why it is known to be overwhelming and a place of sensory overload. Even minimalist spaces have focal points that come out in the architecture rather than furnishing and finishes. Unfortunately, the solution to accent walls and focal points has become standardized to simply applying a bold color or wall covering to one wall. My thought is: if you want to be bold, why not paint your whole room that outrageous color or pattern and let the simple aspects become the focal points? However, I do understand some people do not want to be bold but do want to try and create that hierarchy of visual features. After browsing one my new favorite blogs by Kim Myles, one of her posts showcase the alternative to the typical accent wall. You can see the entire article at http://www.kimmyles.com/wordpress/?p=2062 Basically instead of covering the entire wall in a wallpaper – why not frame it in and showcase it in panelings to make it look like a piece of art? It can frame out the furniture piece in front of it drawn attention to it as a design feature as opposed to a wall finish. Below is a gorgeous example of this from her article. Again, of you want to see more photos please visit her site.
This designer is using the panel as an over sized headboard in a bedroom, but you can use this same thing in a living room behind a sofa. Even think about using fabric or tufting a framed in position for even more of a twist.
The focal point in the bedroom is always the headboard – so it is hard to break away from the norms of its design. Headboards however have very historic roots and has been apart of our culture for a long time. In ancient Egypt, it was believed that people carried all of their power in their head, so the beds used neck rest and a downward slating bed to keep the brain elevated so the knowledge wouldn’t fall out the top of the head. In the middle ages, simple furniture forms were common so the use of textiles and fabrics because very important. The bedroom was especially a place of status and it was common to encase the entire bed in fabrics. On the wall behind the bed there was a textile hung called the “bed head” and based on its woven pattern display, told people about the person’s status and importance. The emphasis on the place of rest and what it around a person’s head when they sleep is something that has continued into the modern day with the popular use of headboards. However, the tradition form can be challenged to reflect something more historic or something completely innovative. Kim has some great headboard photos but I have chose some examples she put up on two dimensional headboards.
As I was talking about earlier, instead of covering hte entire wall with an accent wallcovering, these wall papers have made the headboard the focal point and let the simple walls emphasize the sleeping area. Doing this is also very easy, and such a unique take on the traditional headboard.
I hope these examples has given you some ways to create different focal points in your spaces and has encouraged you to break down design norms. Hope every one has a wonderful Halloween weekend! Please share your fall design ideas and photos with us!
Not many people understand just how important the details are to defining a space. A space that has beautiful details means it also has had talented planning because it takes a trained eye to know how the smallest aspect can redefine an interior. One person who became renowned for his attention to detail is David Hicks. Trim and panel molding was his specialty to accent a wall or draperies the way eye liner accents an eye. Here are some gorgeous example from his book of these creative details.
Love the dark contrast of the paneling against the light wall. That’s paint! Not wood molding.
Hello simple shade trim!
He has taken traditional white paneling and made it glamorous by insetting a patterned wall covering. Now that makes a statement!
Trim rocks – you get the point
This accented looks great in any style of home and it is so easy to achieve. Like I said in my previous post – you can do it yourself or hire a professional – it just depends how much you want to pay. The great look achieved on the draperies is nothing more than grosgrain ribbon that you can find at any craft store or fabric store. Depending on the fabric of your draperies you can hot glue the grosgrain right to the draperies for a high end look. Try it on a roman shade like the example above or put it on the inside edge of your panel curtains. Frame the whole thing if you want! If you don’t feel comfortable with the draperies try buying some molding stripe at any hardware store, marking out a square on your wall or door, and create some wall panelings. The same affect can be painted on using tape for your edging. It is so simple and yet adds detail to the composition of your room. Below are a few photos from my work and check out the past blog on our office remodel to see wooden paneling on our door. More to come Friday!
Hello! thank you so much for all the postiive feedback and comments and what you would like to know about! Today’s blog is really great and is a valuable design detail whether you are a DYI or you are able to hire a trade.
The most important idea that i hope you are seeing is, that truly regardless of size of the project or the cost of the project- the details are the same. I am often contacted to answer many questions and to “be hired” for small projects that are more limited in scope-meaning one room at a time or just the paint color
The most important aspect is when I am working with a client the focus is always the same, meaning we work to establish the client’s goal and aspiration for whatever the design is. So when you read my blog, know the information is applicable to all projects and don’t be afraid to email me with any questions! It is my pleasure to work with everyone that loves great design!
I want to also say that the blogs I am following are amazing and a GIANT shout out to all of you and your ability to stay on top of the trends and ideas. You all are an amzing resource guide. I have found wonderful ideas through all of your coverage and am so greateful that you are all there. Interior design is very cHallenging in as much as it is in a constant state of eveolution. For me, everytime I think I can put a project or a piece of a project to bed, I find myself working on it to make it even more perfect. OCD id definitley a problem! and being able to go into the blogs has been an outrageously great expw
experience. The archives that you all keep, I am becoming throughly addicted to.
Thank you for reading the blog today, I don’t usually “speak” on the blog but use it to put design “out there” for anyone who cares to learn.
Have a great evening! I look forard to hearing from you!
This week I am going to talk about proportion, sparked by a current problem I am having with one of my clients. When most people think of their bedroom and the furniture that they want to put in it, they often choose their bed first and then accessories pieces to go along with it, like night tables and other seating. However, it is always important to think functionally and about the type of lifestyle your clients are living. For example, what type what mattress do you have or intend to buy? As I found, the part of the bed that you never see can dictate the entire design aesthetic behind your bedroom.
Let me explain: I purchased a gorgeous bed and two night tables for my client in her master bedroom. The night tables are 28″ to match the height of the bed with the mattress that was intended to be the standard height of 28″ as well. However, when my client when to buy a mattress, she went with a luxury over sized mattress that is very popular right now. The ending result was a 32″ bed for a woman that is 5’2″ and night tables that are 4″ too short. The couple is practically falling out bed trying to shut off their alarm clocks.
This kind of thing happens all too often, a designer can design the most gorgeous space but at the end of the day, if it does not meet the clients’ lifestyle then it cannot be successful. Night stands and bed heights need to go hand and hand so that a person can be comfortable in their nightly rituals. The same kind of problems arise when people want modern platform beds that are very low to the ground. Here are some examples of varying ways that I have worked around clients’ lifestyles to give then functional yet beautiful design.
Don’t forget – proportion does not just apply to the bedroom. Think about it when you are putting a side table next to your sofa or a cocktail table in your lounge. Have a great weekend!
As I mentioned before, only a dream job would have no budget. A huge amount of cost can come in the form of slab flooring that is used to create the gorgeous stone pattern designs that people see everywhere (including my post from last week.) A great alternative that I have come up with to have a slap pattern floor without the cost is by getting a little innovative with 12″ stone tiles. Tiles cost significantly less than slab, and 12″ tiles can be cut into various patterns to still achieve that great look that you love. Here are some examples from the Casa Blanca residence.
I showed this picture in my last challenge on flooring transitions, but unlike the other pictures in that set, the gorgeous design was not achieved using slab. You can see the grout line when we had 12″ tiles cut to create a linear design along with different colored borders surrounding a separate tile design. It has the same affect as slab but gives your more control in your designs and is much more cost effective.
This is a picture of one of our favorite floors from the Casa Blanca breakfast room. This black and white geometric pattern was achieved also using tile. The 12″ tiles were cut in half for a 6″ border and the full tile was used to create the square, while the edges of other tiles were rounded to create the circle.
These are just a few examples from my work but it is a technique that I continue to use in many of my projects. It really allows for some creativity in design and maintains that high style look we love. Hope you have a great week and weekend by enjoying the fall outdoors!