Come in and stay a while. Have a drink and something to eat, let's talk all night long!What could have been a cold empty terrace has been turned into a warm, sophisticated, intimate space.The eye is immediately drawn up the vertical inserts in the brick wall to the mirrors. Had the mirrors been bigger the emphasis would have been over-powering in the space; any smaller and there would be a problem with the scale relationship.The symmetrical placements of the mirrors and plants gives the illusion of a fireplace and the room a touch of formality & sophistication. Yet, the color & texture of the brick in addition to the horizontal lines created in laying the bricks give a casual warm feeling.Notice the repetition in horizontal lines seen in the wood planks that make up the bench and planter box. The large stone tiles repeat the pattern in the brick.The lines in the wood table.Brick is a warm color and is used in a softer hue in accent pillows. The choice of a warm rich color wood for the bench and planters blends with the brick walls, leaving as much open space in the room as possible. Several plants were chosen that have exposed wood/brick color stems in addition to their vibrant green foliage that pops against the contrast of the brick wall. Draw your attention again to the symmetrical balance of the wall. The plants are the right scale in relationship to the mirrors and negative space. The symmetrical design choices for this brick wall acts as a subtle reminder that, although the room is casual and warm, one must not forget ones manners!The grey fabric chosen for the bench pillow repeats a subtle line pattern and the color lifts up the stone floor, while giving a nice cool contrast to the brick wall. The choice of using a cool blue grey stone brings the floor and sky together, lifting the whole space. Yet the brick walls ground for a sense of security.The choice of black grout between the tiles in the floor, black chairs with wood frames and a black geometric accent pillow shows that the smallest of detail was not overlooked. The choice of using black leather (sleek, sophisticated and grounding) with wood frames (warm, casual and lifting) is consistent with the over all feeling of the space. The geometric design in the black accent pillow is repeated in the choice of bamboo candle holders.The choice of a round shaped table, oval shaped mirrors, cylinder shaped candle holders, and circular shaped plants all add interest and just the right amount of softness to a sharp angled space.Because attention was paid to the 7 design elements and design principles were understood, the designer has achieved harmony, the space has a soul and a life all it's own!
Grand, balanced& light.
I love being in this space, it makes me want to move around and have fun! Why I ask?Is it the subtle repetition of circular shapes or the absence of a cozy, soft comfortable place to sit?Is it the neutral color palette used that brings emphasis to the green energy outdoors, where my eye sees even more circular shapes? Is it the floor to ceiling widows that lifts my eye up to the sky and whose sheer drapes allow the natural light to filter in all around me?Is it the tossed pillows on the floor that invite me to come down and stretch out?Of course it's the design elements used in combination with a fundalmental understanding of the principles.1) Circular & rectangular shapes repeated throughout the space2) Circular patterns repeated in the wood grains & side lamp3) Texture of the shag rug, looking like the grass outside4) Scale of the space was understood - the relationship of the fireplace wall to the windows 5) The scale of the objects chosen that occupy the space creates a sense that the room is balanced - fireplace inporportion to the wood sculpture seat6) Floor to ceiling windows & the chosen width of the floor to ceiling fireplace wall creates a vertical line - the emphasis onthe fire and then up & out the eye goes7) Asymmetrical balance is achieved with circular side light and the the rectangular log basket - also the landscapeoutside is again considered.8) A neutral palette chosen keeps the emphasis on the outdoors Or the simplicity of the fire inside or the warm smooth texture of the wood sculptor seat