Coastal style tends to be relaxed and comfortable. Natural fibers and organic shapes that reflect sea and beach are always included. The sand colored floor and chairs against the crisp white walls with blue accents in the pillows and drapes make this room very coastal. The oars are a big help as well. Here is another example of coastal. The same color scheme has been used. Rather than oars as the feature art a sea bird has been placed over the fireplace. This living room leans more formal than the above. The strong furniture pieces, the architectural detailing, and the sculpture make it so.
Traditional is a favorite style and well-deserved. It has classic, historical lines. It tends to be very symmetrical which has a very calming affect on the sensibilities. Designer Mary McDonald adds lovely soft pastels in the seating and carpet and although sturdy, the two chairs, the chaise and console have a delicate line. Neutral colors and sturdy construction tend to be more popular for traditional style so this is a nice twist on an old favorite. I have included a neutral toned living room for you below and do you see how more serious the room becomes?
A view of the water is typical and always beautiful when you are coastal Florida. This bath blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor doesn’t it? It’s important when designing a room with a gorgeous view to remember the view is your focal point. And that has been done superbly in this bath. All of the components, vanity, tub, ottoman, chandelier and drapes are beautiful but they don’t compete with the view, there is no battle for dominance. The bathroom colors and lines remain serene so that the art beyond the window wall always has your attention. This is also a good example of how baths are taking on importance, no small window tucked somewhere high, but a patio door that fills the entire wall.
This is a Dallas Texas Bathroom. It’s both feminine and spectacular. Girly and powerful. Look at each of these strong pieces. The tub is bold with the reflective metal finish but it’s curvy and has claw feet. The mirror, women need their mirrors but this is a MIRROR. The comfortable chair that will fit your boyfriend or husband. The utilitarian pharmacy chest filled with pink towels is an excellent statement piece. The bar cart would have wine if it was mine. The background stone tile is a perfect canvas for this powerful arrangement.
We have been blogging about style and have been keeping it in the living room and sometimes the bedroom. How about taking style into our bathrooms? These rooms that have for millennium been mere utility rooms are now going powerful with style.
How do you feel about this stripe tile floor and floral wallpaper? It’s spectacular. This is so wonderful on many different levels. The mere audacity to put these two opposites together speaks highly of the designer and the client. It’s not tame or expected in any fashion. It’s a great example of what one may do to satisfy the conundrum of designing for two. How about, “I can’t decide. I love them both. I will use them both!” Remember small rooms we can do wild and crazy things.
Here are some of the resources:
Vintage Imperial Clawfoot Soaking Tub by Restoration Hardware
Arabella wallpaper in Platinum by Cowtan & Tout.
This is art as a a focal point, it doesn’t have to be as powerful or endearing as this, but it always has to be the attention grabber. This (below) is as powerful and not as endearing. Everything in both rooms has become secondary to the art, supports the art. This is art as the focal point.
This is an excellent, if over the top example of salon style. Salon style usually means an assortment of art, frames and style hung in a free-style pattern. Much like the Eclectic Style where you have an assortment of styles, you still need to pay attention to balance and rhythm. Some attention is paid to thematic material and coordination of frame size and color.
The origin of Salon style is ancient. It comes from the annually held art exhibit open only to the elite and artist community, established and up-and-coming. This exclusive event started in 1637. For one hundred years this event was held at the Louvre’s, Salon Carré, square room. In 1737 this became a public event, where everyone who wanted could view beautiful art, the traditional of the time and those that were pushing the envelope.
Contemporary doesn’t have to be all straight edges and the look of minimalism.
It should boast some trendy, popular pieces to fit the theme. These two softly curved sofas would not quite fit in with the modern schema. The art looks to be a Contemporary piece as do the mantle vases. The bench and carpet could go either modern or contemporary. Color wise you can see the difference here as well. Beige is a good thing for contemporary not so much for modern. Modern loves loves loves white.
Eclectic can be hard to illustrate. It’s not one piece that is ‘out of place’ not in keeping with the determined style. It’s usually a jumble of styles and that’s what makes it so perfectly difficult to orchestrate. Of course there must still be a semblance of all the design principles, rhythm, balance, scale, and proportion. The colors and patterns must somehow coordinate, talk to each other or at least tolerate each other. This bedroom pulls it off dandily. There is almost one of everything and yet this room is everything you could want. If you love eclectic. The vintage portrait right next to the abstract. The black ties them together. Her look of umph! What’s that! makes you smile. The stripe carpet and the cowhide chairs say let’s go for it! and the bed linens say, Come cuddle. Perfect opposites.
Modern and Contemporary are often used to indicate the same style.
Modern technically and honestly emanates from the 1940’s Bauhaus Aesthetic.
This design is straight forward and clean. It’s very functional. It loves
black and white and spots of bright color. There is no clutter, every surface
is smooth and often shiny. Metal and glass are popular elements in these rooms.