The more I learn and study my craft, the more I realize that good design is truly about executing the correct amount of restraint. Learning to create a balance between stability and whimsy in a space is not an easy feat, but ultimately it should feel effortless. Just as a writer pours over formulating a novel- writing and rewriting it to perfection- our job as designers is to develop a space that gives a sense of balance and peace without feeling staged.
I am a big believer in letting architectural details stand out. When you have a beautiful window or door detail, there is no need to "decorate" around it. For instance, these gorgeous steel frame windows create a beautiful, clean contrast to the white. Color is brought in through the view of the green landscape:
The herringbone wood floors and wall panelling in this apartment are softened by the crisp white drapery. I love that this desk vignette was kept minimal and accessorized with a few prints above:
I love this vanity vignette designed by Suzanne Kasler. In my opinion, she is one of the best designers at refining a space and creating balance. Her quatrefoil chair adds a fun touch:
I love the whimsical detail of this bed canopy. It creates an element of interest to the mostly-monochromatic bedroom:
I love this serene office space. The lines of the lucite desk allows for negative space that is balanced by the two slipcovered chairs:
I love the peacefulness of these spaces. Which is your favorite?