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Serene Spaces [Finding Peace and Calm Through Design]
The world, even at its best, is a place of noise and movement. We all need a haven to come home to, whatever that might mean for us individually. The aesthetics we create can give our dwellings the calm and peace we need. Take advantage of architectural quiet through elements like room structure, furniture arrangement, and color choice. Then breathe deeply and—aaaaah—renew yourself.
Many elements of simplicity coordinate here to make for hours of reading and respite: the facing built-in bookshelves, the centered fireplace, the view and natural light, the overhead lighting, the hardwood flooring, and the one simple chair and ottoman.
The parallel and perpendicular lines created by the furniture placement--and even by small details like the rug's edge and dark curtain rod--contribute to the quiet of this minimalist living room.
This media and reading area is not too far removed from the rest of the house, but is clearly out of household traffic. Simple overhead lighting eliminates the need for lamps and illuminates beautifully the wall art.
Nothing says simplicity like symmetry. Even the three contrasting colors help create order. The beautifully-shaped table and chairs also make this entrance unique, and proves that simple doesn't mean bland.
Painting these walls white and leaving the visual detail to the shape and moulding of the walls makes peace for those passing through. Simple, coordinating touches of the vases placed in the walls' insets, and the lone chair, give this area just the right touch.
Visual silence is never as welcome as at either end of our day. The gray of the large and small coordinating tiling, the natural light, the lean lines, and the one punch of color in the towels and mat all create a spa-like zen to this bathroom.
Keeping to monochromatic white makes dining an even more relaxing experience. Order here is kept in the kitchen by elements like the clean lines of overhead lighting, and the drinking glasses below.
Again, the shades of white and gray here create calm dining. The damaske upholstery adds the perfect touch of visual interest.