10 lessons for deconstructing living and dining rooms
Symmetrical living room
1 Window coverings The off-centre window was made to look perfectly symmetrical by simply hiding it behind a set of drapery panels that extend from wall to wall. This tricks the eye, drawing attention to the drapes instead of the window mullions. 2 Symmetry Symmetry is a key ingredient in a space that boasts a lot of pattern because it has a grounding effect. Here, a pair of floor lamps placed directly across from two identical armchairs offers a sense of balance and serenity. 3 Hues in the room Choosing hues that are opposite each other on the colour wheel – in this case, chartreuse and lavender – heightens visual contrast and prevents the room, which has lots of pastels, from looking like an Easter egg.
Colours and patterns
Toronto designer Samantha Sacks of Sam Sacks design. 4 Colours and patterns Texture in the grasscloth-covered walls, linen and velvet drapery, mohair throw pillow, feather tribal headdress and plush hide rug tempers the bold hits of colour and pattern in the space.
5 Fabric The drapery fabric was a huge splurge, but the results justified the investment. To bring the budget back in line, the sofa and armchairs were purchased from a big-box store.