The good ones create balance and pleasure and they make us feel whole and complete.
The crummy ones leave us off base, irritated and generally discombobulated!
Have you ever noticed that spaces are all about relationship too?
When we're in one that "clicks" with us, we feel sooo GOOD! We feel connected and happy, and we just don't want to leave.
And when we're in spaces that just don't work, we're left feeling a little off and uncomfortable.
I posted last week here about details, and how details really separate good design from "just ok" design. Paying attention to the details is kind of like taking care of a good relationship...you want it to work, so you go the extra mile and do the extra little things that will bring the best out of everyone.
I thought it might be fun to look at a room and think about the way the relationships within it are workiing.
I came across this room designed by Lisa Levin. It's not what I would consider my "style", but there is something about this room that just works.
I think the first thing that I notice is the color palatte. What relationships are forged in this space with color? It's primarily neutral, with grays, white, black and beige. But there is so much life in these neutrals. There is relationship between them because they all have a warm base. The color selection was so carefully made that there is not a single color that doesn't relate to the others.
The inclusion of the cerise yellow-green brings life to the party! We all want to go and visit with the green!
Aren't you drawn in by the fun-loving color?
Lisa Levin has bounced this pop of color all around the room, generously drawing us from side to side so that we don't miss any of the details.
She's also thoughtfully brought balance to the space. The large heavy pieces ( the credenza and the fireplace ) are in relationship with each other from afar, flirting across the room at one another.
The boldness of the black in the rug and the credenza are balanced by the elements of white that move around the space.
There's relationship between patterns as well. Only on the pillows are the patterns repeated. The drapes, the settee and the sofa are all different patterns, but they relate through color and scale....just like people. We're not alike, but we still can fit and find companionship between us.
Because there is so much connection in the space, it's ok to bring in a little whimsy and personality through art and color.
How different would this space be if she had used a landscape or a floral picture instead of this "portrait"? Every relationship needs to have an element of fun and playfulness, and I think a room does too, don't you?
I could go on and on about the relationships in this space, but I thought I'd leave a few for you to figure out on your own.
Afterall, it's what we learn on our own that makes this "relating" thing really personal.
I'd love to hear what you think about the relationships in this space. Open our eyes to new things. I always learn things from your comments, and that' what really makes a relationship work.....right?