Clash Course: Design Comes Outside to Play
Take your creativity outside to enhance every bit of your home and grounds
Houzz Contributor. The principal of Hannotte Interiors in Toronto (http://www.hannotteinteriors.com), with an MA in Museum Studies which informs my philosophy of design, and the ideas of place, home, and the narratives we create with objects we love. I side with craft and concept, and work to cultivate personality and honesty in my work.
Outdoor spaces benefit from the same design philosophy as our interiors: Add the unexpected, keep it fun and reimagine the space. From creative display techniques to sumptuous texture and color and unusual lighting, these outdoor spaces are exercises in perfecting the art of the clash.
Everything looks better against a dark color, and if you restrict the palette, your space will look cohesive but edgy. Add a jolt of the unexpected — the wonderful pink chair in this case — and you've mastered the art of clashing.
Get creative with your display techniques. This simple block construction playfully displays succulents in an unexpected and graphic way.
Play with fabric: drape awnings; cover your table for special days; throw down a rug. All these elements automatically fight (in the best way) with our conventional understanding of the outdoors, and will ensure you are as comfortable outside as you are in.
Soften your deck with sheepskins and stay loose in your seating arrangements. Let yourself discover new ways of experiencing the outdoors.
Take it to the floor. Burlap pillows speak to the industrial view, and the jolt of red lifts this rooftop to new heights.
Restrict your color palette with accessories, such the the vase and pillows in this shot. Pay attention to detail too — the old window frames the trees behind, and the faux-green grass ties the scene together to give this outdoor space a serious wow factor.
Don't be afraid to arrange objects artfully outdoors. These pebble-look pillows gathered at one end of the bench create a textural sculpture that keeps the scene playful.
The organic nature of this patio is enhanced by a semi-transparent screen that softens the view. With its fun shapes united by a limited color palette, this space hits all the right notes when it comes to outdoor decorating. It's a relaxed elegance that speaks to nature.
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Ideabook published on July 19, 2012.
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