Front ParlorTraditional Living Room, New York
Photographer: Peter Margonelli Photography
Construction Manager: Interior Alterations Inc.
Interior Design: JP Warren Interiors
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Dealing with big, dark pieces of furniture isn't easy. In this photo, the piano, firebox and tall wardrobe balance each other in scale and placement in the composition to ground the photo. The photo is almost bookended by the dark objects on the left and right.Tip: All of the lights are off in this room, so the viewer focuses on the natural light streaming in from the bay window. This is a trend in today's interior and architectural photos.
The standard rule of thumb for incorporating mirrors is that the mirror should be roughly two-thirds the width of the piece of furniture over which it hangs. The distance from the floor to the top of the mirror should be no less than 6 feet.
Height and scale also play a big role in eclectic style. The designer lets the floor-to-ceiling windows, empire chandelier, piano and opulent molding take center stage here while furniture plays second fiddle. Hulking pieces not only would ruin the verdant view, but they'd make the room look overly serious. Instead, low-slung modern sofas and a short glass-top table nearly fall away — and let the room convey elegance without being too precious.
When it comes to living spaces, make sure your design plays against the architectural details you already have in the room. For instance, this space boasts incredible details in the crown moldings, crystal chandelier and fireplace treatments. The designers have successfully offset the classical background with a few very modern and minimalist pieces of furniture.
5. Crown jewels. Elevate your living room to royalty status by easily applying decorative crown molding to create a noticeable presence. Add a gorgeous chandelier for that final touch of bling that might make even her majesty envious.
This is a case of modern furniture put in the context of a room that has the bones of a neoclassical aesthetic, including crown molding, columns and a crystal chandelier. This is a great example of the mixability of the ancient aesthetic with today's furnishings.
This may be the look you dream of when you think of crown molding. Super wide, heavily ornate moldings just knock my socks off. But are they right for your house?Consider the home style and ceiling height.This molding works because of the large scale of the room, the high ceilings and the size and detail in the other moldings around the fireplace and the baseboards. The overall style of the architecture is very traditional. If you have a very contemporary house or a mid-century modern California ranch-style home, crown molding of any kind may look completely out of place. If you love ornate crown molding in a traditional home, but also like contemporary style, consider keeping your furnishings simple with clean lines and very little pattern. The architecture will stand out while still giving you a space that feels serene.High ceiling tip: For ceilings 10 feet tall or higher, consider a rule of thumb allowing 1" of width for each foot of ceiling height. This isn't a hard and fast rule, and it doesn't work for lower ceilings. You wouldn't use an 8" wide molding in a room with 8' tall ceilings, for example.
Neuhaus and her team were presented with the challenge and responsibility of the renovation and preservation of an important neighborhood landmark. With historic architecture renovations, maintaining complete period authenticity presents itself as an obvious solution. But that often feels quite dated, and perhaps too thematic. Instead, Neuhaus created a hybrid solution fusing contemporary and period design that blends the architectural heritage of the brownstone with its inhabitants' modern perspective and lifestyle.The house exterior and architecture was treated as a metaphorical envelope and would retain its period integrity. Interior features like the cabinetry, bathrooms, furnishings, light fixtures, staircase, etc. were seen as the contents of the envelope and therefore could serve as contemporary insertions into the space.