Different parts of the staircase give designers the opportunity to infuse different materials for interest: metal, wood, and paint color. Below we see how the introduction of fabric beside a window can enhance the architectural features of the panes.
Sometimes, its important to know when not to add anything…. “less is more”, take a look…
The same is true for the mud room next to this kitchen. The use of a high contrast color next to the moulding and a strong fabric pattern on both window and seat cushion invites you in its direction, stands up to the kitchen area and gives a visual anchor to the space.Who says a mud room can’t look fabulous!
Don’t forget about ceilings! They are a very important architectural feature and the most underused surface. We’ve seen color blocking above in the kitchen, but what are some of the other ways to treat a ceiling? Below is a combination of wallpaper and wood separated by moulding.
If you don’t want to tackle a whole room, start out with a powder room and use your imagination! Before we move outdoors, sometimes certain accessories can provide architectural elements. In this photo a mirrored screen is used to divide a space, how unusual!
The last few photos show how landscaping can enhance a property. The use of greens, water, stone, and wood create a majestic and magical atmosphere. The one rule of thumb about landscaping is this…… never think of landscaping as parseley around a turkey.
Some advice if you are considering using wrought iron around a pool, for decoration or simply for safety…. NEVER use white. It does not harmonize with nature and just sticks out like a sore thumb. Below you will see wood arbor squares which work nicely with the slate tiles. Notice the clever way the boxwood plantings are framed around the pool.