Using the example of the living room project, I want to tell you about the process of creating a project to decorate the interior, in which the finishing work was done, and it is necessary to add to it the character and mood.
By the stage of decoration in the living room the walls were painted in a rich gray-blue color, laid oak floor of honey hue, installed white doors with neoclassical paneling and high white baseboards.
When the owners of the apartment, a young married couple, began renovating, they dreamed of the interiors of New York apartments of the 50s and 60s. They are close to this aesthetic in their mood, in their free-spirited, free-wheeling spirit. As we discussed the project we were reminded of images from Woody Allen films, Henry Mancini songs, the twist and Audrey Hepburn's heroines. It was decided to move in this direction in the decor.
To embody the stylistic image of the living room, I decided to create a "motley" interior, where the neoclassical elements (doors, baseboards, cabinet furniture), as an architectural basis are mixed with decors (freestanding furniture, paintings on the walls, lamps, accessories), thus adding dynamics and depth to the interior. We often see this method in New York interiors, here are examples of neoclassical elements, and antique furniture from suburban flea markets, and modern items. At first glance it seems that they happen to be in the same space, but nevertheless, in this combination they create a special harmony and mood.
In addition to the image and style of the living room, it was necessary to develop a script solution, so that it would be comfortable, ergonomic and perform a number of practical functions. To this end, we defined functional zones:
1. Library. Shelving or cabinets for storing books.
2. Recreation zone. A soft sofa zone for communication, relaxation, watching movies.
3. Dining area. The kitchen is small, so it is only placed a zone for cooking. The dining table was decided to put it in the living room.
There are two options for the planning solution of the space.
In general, the difference between the two options for decorating the room is that the first is more classic and the second is wilful, it meets Scandinavia, France, and America.
In the first option, the library area is solved in the classic American way — in the center of the fireplace portal (false fireplace), and on both sides of it there are tall bookcases with glass doors.
In the second version, this area is solved more laconically — a bookcase of French height (1400 mm), on which we place two massive glass vases and wall graphics. In this version of the decision has a certain Scandinavian character.
The second difference between the two options is in the solution of the dining area. In the first option, it is located near the library, creating with it a single solid composition. There is a classic round wooden table, around it two chairs in the Empire style, and two modern metal stools (so we save more space).
In the second option, the dining area is more flirty. it is located near a window, where there is a lot of light. Additional lightness is created by linen curtains on the windows, a French table with a stone countertop and a wrought iron base, and wooden chairs with high backs from the 60s. This corner reminds us of the romance of street cafes in Paris and New York.
The sofa area in the living room is an element of a modern interpretation of the 50–60s aesthetic. The sofa on cone-shaped legs with a low back is a quote from that time. Metal modern tables and active graphics in the frames above the sofa. There is a lot of copper and glass in the accessories, which gives chic and lightness to the interior at the same time.
And this is just the beginning of the fascinating process of decorating. Next is the most interesting part, the living process of the project. The furniture and decor items used in the selection are Ikea, Crate&Barrel, the biblioteque area is furniture of joinery production, the dining area can be solved with items from flea markets and antique showrooms.