Drawing a Blank: The Balance of Blank Spaces
I'm a freelance writer. I like dwellings.
Confession: I love detail. The kind of detail that layers over itself after years of living. Stacks of novels, a wall filled with vintage Es for my last name, a stack of vintage rolling pins. But sometimes the loudest statement is made with a little blank and quiet space. These blank spaces are anything but empty.
The visual elegance created by the furniture, chandelier, and even moulding leave no need for wall hangings here.
In all of the hustle of a bustling household, a simplified hallway or staircase allows inhabitants to, for a few seconds at least, clear their head.
This elegant bedroom is crisp and simple with the hardwood floors and smooth gray walls. The detailing is left to unusual elements like the architecture and the modern lighting.
Again, the architectural detail and unusual lighting make up the interesting detail.
Though a nice little piece of art would create a museum-worthy look on this white-wall canvas, the contrast of these majestic blank walls ground (instead of distract from) the beams and panorama of nature.
An exterior view. These walls speak for themselves.
The grounding wood flooring, the spanning windows, the detailed ceiling: who would want to be distracted from these? And what a discreet and wonderfully scenic place for built-in bookshelves.
Art propped against a wall like this creates a casual lived-in look of sophistication. This library is both quite grown-up and just plain fun. With so much well-organized detail, the blank space here is like taking a deep fresh breath.
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