You know,it has always been said that fashion influences many things! But what can we say when Interior Design influences Fashion?
This is very true as of late, particularly with a certain wallpaper, that I have always been in love with.
For those of you who have been to the Beverly Hills Hotel and have enjoyed a great hamburger there , yes, I am starving as I write this so lots of food analogies today!
Anyway, Their infamous wallpaper by Martiniue! You know, the giant banana leafs! The scale is brilliant even if you were to use this paper in a very small powder room let’s say. This paper would look great in anyone’s home, it has a ton of character!
I am loving large scale patterns lately and this one is the most perfect!
For those of you who don’t know that reference, if you have been to Indochine Restaurant in new York City, well this is the paper!
Since wallpaper is making such a strong comeback, fashion designers are taking notice. House of Holland is one of those designers!
Once popular in the seventies and eighties, grasscloth has recently made a come back within the past five years. Grasscloth is a wall covering made of woven plant fibers. The product is fantastic because if a person is not comfortable with wallpaper, but still wants a textural quality to the wall, grasscloth is the perfect solution. Worried that grass cloth might not fit your home decor? Think again – there are hundreds of color and style options that range from modern to traditional, and every where in between. Grasscloth can bestamped on with a pattern, or have metallic threads woven right into the surface. You can choose from a variety of colors and match the color to a sample depending on the vendor. The unique thing about grasscloth is that is has a natural quality with its texture, and you can decide on the next level to add in with the color and style. They way that the grasscloth is applied also adds another design dimension to the product. It can be applied in strips or in squares. In the Casa Blanca project, I took grasscloth squares and laid them horizontally and vertically in a grid. The result was a flowing visual wave that was subtle against the rest of the space, but still eye catching. In that same house I used a fading technique in the dining room that is reminiscent of ombre hair coloring. The spaces are right next to each other in completely different colors and yet do not clash with one another. Who thought grasscloth could be Hollywood regency? Below are some great examples of interiors that use grasscloth as well some samples of grasscloth products currently on the market. Have commitment issues? Temporarily tack grasscloth up in squares – the paper is heavy enough to lay flat and can be easily removed later on.
The fading in the paper adds more depth
A classical damask made contemporary
Clean. Simple. Gorgeous.
Feeling blue? Not in this space!
A traditional twist
Distressed AND metallic? Yes please
Very textural and yet still works with this classically modern bedroom
Have these fabulous products convinced you yet? The only problem will be trying to pick just one!
I hope everyone have a fabulous Thanksgiving. This week will be jam packed with entries so stay tuned!
There are so many wall coverings available it is hard to know what is is the right choice for the desired look. The one difference that upholstering offers is a softness and a three dimensional element. Some people do not have architectural elements in their home that provide movement and interest beyond furnishings and finishes. However this kind of layering is so important to creating a unified space and a visually well balanced home. Upholstering and creating pattern, especially in geometric forms, makes flat walls appear more tangible. There are so many ways to get a great look using fabric and upholstery. The very basic way to get a high interest wall is by using a thick fabric on the walls. This will not be as three dimensional as a padded wall, but depending on the fabric, you can create a surface that makes people want to touch it and lightens up the room. There is a particular way to adhere this kind of wall covering which you can find on the Internet, but for the most part, this can be a do it yourself project if you do not want to hire a design team. A slightly more complicated, but high interest feature, is actually padding the wall with a batting backing. This can be tufted like a piece of furniture or done in strips. You can even making padded walls appear flat from a distance and then create a surprise when people get closer to the surface. Below are some gorgeous interiors that have used upholstered walls that you can use as inspiration for your next redesign.
This is a bedroom that has taken a ceiling height headboard and manifested it into a padded focal wall. They chose to use faux leather.
Here is an example from Elle in a geometrical block pattern. This is one of those examples where the surface appears to be two dimensional but adds a softness. I have seen walls with this same look done in an onyx and you can get that look much more inexpensively.
This is kind of hard to see but this is a commerciaal example of padded walls used in a small seating enclosure. This kind of intimate spaces are perfect to use padded walls because people are close to the surface and can really see the fabrics textural values.
This is a bold color example if a bathroom that I absolutely love. A print would have been too much but that small amount of texture makes this room a surprise for the senses.
If you are not comfortable padding an entire wall, try experimenting with small niches like this one. This space still has a simplistic contemporary feeling that you can maintain even with a traditional diamond tuft.
Panels is always an option as well. Have a great Monday!
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!