Designing a room requires a formula of complimentary variables working together to achieve a desired result. Similar to our systems and processes, the equation remains true regardless of the desired style. As we dive deeper into our projects, we're going to break down our design formula and explain why each variable is as equally important as the next. Read on as we spend some time in the dining room of our Plaza Midwood Project. Here we're sharing the importance of SCALE and how it helped us blend two very different design styles.
The wife loves soft traditional spaces, and the husband loves modern contemporary. The only thing they agreed upon is a neutral color palette. As you can see, the gorgeous metal chandelier is the main focal point in this room. It is very large in scale; therefore, we had to balance size within the other selections. Although this chandelier leans more modern, it compliments the wife's traditional style because of its classic shape. It's the perfect compromise between the two.
The wife really loved their existing dining table; therefore, they asked us to integrate it into our curation. We are big fans of recycling here at Tyler Interiors! If the condition of the piece and the lines allow it, we'll reuse or repurpose every time. Although the base of the table is really traditional, the clean lines on the top provided another opportunity to blend styles. The bulkiness of this table adds a lot of visual weight (scale); therefore, we had to be specific in chair selections.
With scale and color way in mind, we paired their existing table with these modernized black dining chairs with cane backing. The thin frame of the chairs (scale) balance the visual weight around the table. The cane backing plays nicely with the gold in the chandelier.
Scale in furniture highly effects the overall flow of a space. Too small makes a space look and feel empty. Too big makes a person feel consumed by that space. When projects include furniture, our first task is to conquer space planning. This saves a lot of time when sourcing selections. Why waste time looking at a piece when we know it isn't going to physically fit? Process of elimination we like to call it.
At Tyler Interiors we want our designs to breath, and traffic flow plays a big role in this. The scale of the room + the scale in furniture dictates the traffic flow. Are you hearing a pattern? From surface to surface, the average clearance between furniture is 36-42 inches. This modernized sideboard was the perfect selection for this space. The clean lines speak to the husband's love of modern contemporary, and its size fits perfectly in front of the double window. The warmer wood stain pairs beautifully with the gold metal on the chandelier, and the cane backing on the chairs.
The size of the room didn't allow for a lot of furniture pieces; therefore, we compensated in scale with the area rug and wall art. This large 9x12 area rug provides a soft, cozy layer to balance out the hard lines throughout. The subtle, muted pattern speaks to the wife's traditional style. The large scale wall art seen in the first photo fills in a lot of negative space without appearing too visually heavy. With it all pulled together, this couple now enjoys a beautiful blend of styles where they both are represented. Each variable complimenting the next resulting in a fresh, functional design with modern flair.