It was the work of French interior and product designer, Philippe Starck, that first introduced me to the power of playing with proportion. In nearly all of his interiors there is always some object whose scale is significantly larger than life.
|Can you spot it? Saint Martin's Lane, London. Photo Credit.|
|Art. Katsuya Restaurant. Brentwood, CA. Photo Credit.|
|Light. Mama Shelter Istanbul. Photo Credit.|
While it is always safe to air on the side of balanced proportions within a space, increasing the scale of a single object adds visual interest, a bit of quirk, and conversation to any room.
So how do those of us who live in not-so-custom homes and on meager budgets play with proportion?
Taking a cue from Starck, amp up the size of the canvas. The number five takes on new significance in this interior when it consumes most of the wall it is hung on.
The light fixtures we hang from our ceilings, mount on our walls, and set on our tables and floors often take on focal point status, so why not go big?!
This is something I need more of in my home. Window treatments, wall paper, throw pillows, rugs, or a bedspread with a pattern on steroids are just more fun!
|Large scale stripe. Photo Credit.|
|Large scale Splitleaf by Cavern. Photo Credit.|