Sandi Larkin | Decorating
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Decorating

Step One

Colour Selection

THE ELEMENTS THAT COMPRISE OF ALMOST ANYTHING EVER DESIGNED

BE IT A COUTURE OUTFIT, AN ARCHITECT DESIGNED HOME, A PIECE OF JEWELLERY OR EVEN A CAR,

COLOUR PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN ANY DESIGN AS IT SETS THE TONE OF THE DESIGN

FOR EXAMPLE, A BOLD SCULPTURE IN RED TELLS A VERY DIFFERENT STORY THAN IF IT WAS IN CHARCOAL

A BEAUTIFUL BLACK EVENING DRESS GIVES A DIFFERENT MESSAGE THAN THE SAME DESIGN IN WHITE

A BLACK CAR IS MORE MENACING AND POWERFUL LOOKING THAN SAY A GREEN CAR AND SO ON.

COLOURS THAT ARE TRENDY SEEM TO BE MORE DESIRABLE THAN COLOURS FROM A FEW DECADES AGO

NONE OF US AT THE MOMENT WANT AVOCADO GREEN AND BROWN BATHROOMS, AND YET OUR PARENTS SEEMED DETERMINED TO HAVE THEM.

COLOUR IS SOMETHING THAT REFLECTS OUR FEELINGS AND IMAGINATION AND THAT PLAYS OUT IN TRENDS.

TRENDS HAVE A DEEP AND PSYCHOLOGICAL MEANING AND EACH ERA REFLECTS THOSE COLOURS.

FOR INSTANCE, IN THE 60’S WE HAD LOTS OF RAINBOW HUES, THEN 70’S BROWNS ORANGES AND AVOCADO

IN THE 80’S AND 90’S VERY BOLD COLOURS PLAYED A ROLE IN INTRIORS, BURGUNDY, HERITAGE GREENS AND MUSTARD YELLOWS

AT THE MOMENT DUE TO OUR GREAT TECHNICAL ADVANCEMENT, A LOT OF METALLIC ARE TRENDING AS ARE BLACK AND WHITE

GREY IS STILL THE PREFERRED BASE COLOUR IN INTERIORS BUT POPS OF JEWEL COLOURS ARE REALLY COMING THROUGH STRONGLY SUCH AS TEAL, SAFFRON, MAGENTA AS WELL AS NEONS

OUR ARTISINAL TRENDS IN CRAFT AND FOOD REFLECT MORE HERITAGE COLOURS LIKE SOFT FRENCH GREENS, BLUES AND PALE SAND STONEYELLOWS

OUR INNER RETROSPECTIVE TREND i.e YOGA AND MEDITATION GIVES RISE TO SOFT NUDE, PALE PINKS AND VIOLETS, WHITES, CREAMS, AND SILVERS.

Step Two

Texturing

TEXTURE OF ANY DESIGN IS IMPORTANT. FOR INSTANCE, A SKIRT IN JERSEY HAS A VERY DIFFERENT LOOK AND FEEL TO A SKIRT IN SILK.

THIS IS TRUE RELATING TO INTERIOR, AS A RAW SILK CURTAIN LOOKS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TO A LIGHT VOILE CURTAIN.

WHEN CHOOSING TEXTURES FOR THE HOME IT IS IMPORTANT TAKE THE STYLE OF THE HOME, TYPE OF LIFESTYLE OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE HOME i.e ARE THERE CHILDREN IN THE HOME? IS IT A HOLIDAY HOME? IS IT A HOME USED FOR ENTERTAINMENT?

DIFFERENT TEXTURES AS WELL AS DIFFERENT FINISHES ALLOW A DECORATOR TO TELL THE STORY OF THE CLIENTS. YOU MIGHT FOR INSTANCE USE BEAUTIFUL PAINTED WOODS IN A BEACH HOME AND YOU MAY USE STUNNING METALLIC FINISHES IN A CONTEMPOARY URBAN APARTMENT OR EVEN COMBINE THE TWO FOR EASY RELAXED LIVING IN A FAMILY HOME.

I LIKE TO LAYER TEXTURES UP. PAINT IS MY FIRST TEXTURE.  FABRICS ARE THEN THE SECOND LAYER OF TEXTURE. WILL I USE LEATHERS, VELVETS, SILKS OR LINENS. THE STORY THAT I AM TRYING TO EXPRESS IN THE ROOM OR HOME WILL GUIDE ME TO WHAT FABRICS I WILL BE USING.

MY NEXT LAYER OF TEXTURE WILL BE IN THE TYPE OF CARPET OR RUGS I WILL USE…NATURAL SISAL OR ANTIQUE RUG.

THIS FOLLOWS THROUGH THEN INTO THE ACCESSORIES, NATURAL OR SLICK, SMOOTH OR ROUGH TEXTURES, REFINED OR HAMMERED, MATT OR GLOSSY, MODERN OR ANTIQUE

BY LAYERING AND JUXTAPOSITIONING ALL THE TEXTURES, THE ROOM THEN STARTS TO TELL THE STORY OF IT OWNERS.

Step Three

Proportion

PROPORTION IS AN INTREGRAL PART OF MY DESIGN.

 

INTERIORS ARE ABOUT CREATING HARMONY AND BALANCE IN A ROOM.

I BASE MOST OF MY PROPORTION ON THE GOLDEN MEANS RATIO, WHICH ROUGHLY BASES ON 1/3  2/3 3/3.

THIS RATIO WAS FORMULATED IN THE CLASSIC AGE TO BUILD GREEEK AND ROMAN TEMPLES AND FURTHER USED IN THE RENAISANCE TIMES TO CREATE HARMONIOUS GRAND AND OPULENT BUILDINGS.

FOR INTERIOR, IT IS SIMPLY PUT LIKE THIS, MOST OF YOUR SEATING, SUCH AS COUCHES, DINING ROOM TABLES, KITCHEN COUNTERS ARE THE SAME HEIGHT. IN ORDER FOR A ROOM TO LOOK BALANCED, THE EYE HAS TO LOOK DOWN TO SAY A COFFEE TABLE, THEN UP TO A TALLER CUPBOARD AND EVEN FURTHER UP TO CURTAINS.

 

OFTEN PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO USE BIG PIECES OF FURNITURE IN A SMALL SPACE, THINKING THAT IT WILL MAKE THE SPACE LOOK SMALL.

USED CORRECTLY, A BIG PIECE CAN ACTUALLY MAKE A SMALL ROOM APPEAR BIGGER. I ALSO USE ART OR ART WORKS EITHER IN LARGE PROPORTIONS OR A CLUSTER OF SMALLER PICTURES TO FILL A SPACE AND CREATE MORE HEIGHT IN A ROOM.

 

FLOWERS AND ACCESSORIES CAN ALSO HELP CREATE DIFFERENT TABLESCAPES AND DIMENSIONS TO A      ROOM.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO LEAD THE EYE TO WHAT YOU WANT IT TO SEE.

FOR INSTANCE, IF YOU HAVE AN AMAZING ANTIQUE, OR A FANTASTIC MODERN SCULPTURE THAT IS THE MAIN OR FOCAL POINT OF YOUR SCHEME, IT IS IMPORTANT TO DRAW THE EYE TO THIS FOCAL PIECE AS SOON AS THE PERSON ENTERS THE ROOM.

 

THIS THEN SETS THE TONE FOR THE COLOURS, TEXTURES AND PROPORTION THAT YOU WILL USE.

 

IT IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT NOT TO GIVE THE EYE TOO MUCH TO LOOK AT.

ROOMS THAT ARE VERY CLUTTERED LOSE THEIR IMPACT AS THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH FOR THE EYE TO LOOK AT.

GOOD PIECES SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE ROOM TO BREATH.

 

PROPORTION IS JUST GIVING A ROOM BALANCE AND THEREFORE CREATING A HARMONIOUS EASY LOOK AND FEEL.