INSPIRATION

November 24, 2013

tumblr_mv30oagPVe1qzec1no1_500This becomes…

tumblr_mwinssbdin1r5fwoio1_1280this becomes…

tumblr_mwb2kqYOus1r5fwoio1_500 …this becomes…

tumblr_mdcm70lJCV1qi9a76o1_500…this.

Squint (or pull off your readers) and anything, any view can become inspiration for a color palette, texture, arrangement or order.  I look at a painting and see a living room, I look at a living (without my readers) and see a painting.  I’m fascinated by color, texture, form, arrangement and balance (or imbalance) or light and dark.  And as much as I love a white room, white floors and furniture, I react positivity to color too.  But, I know my comfort zone.

Finding the right palette to decorate with can be a challenge for some people.  Unsure of their comfort zone, or looking to branch out from a safe place, often people don’t know where to go.  My first and best advice is always:

BUY WHAT YOU LOVE.

second:

DON’T MATCH YOUR FURNITURE TO YOUR ART.

and always:

BUY THE BEST, CRY ONCE.

If you already follow those principals and need color inspiration… go look at your closet, color and pattern? Then you know how to decorate to make yourself happy… All grey? Go with what you know.  My closet?  See above… Khaki, Navy, Camel and dashes of other neutrals.  Or, go to your favorite museum, yes get on a plane or train if you must, and seek out your favorite painting… BAM, theres your new living room.  It’s that easy… really it is.  Don’t stand there thinking up a thousand reasons why it won’t work, because it will.  How you translate the colors, textures, weight and forms will make it adaptable to any space in and climate, anywhere.  Stuck, call a decorator.  But do them a favor and show them a picture of your favorite painting once you’ve had them over.

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2 Responses to “INSPIRATION”

  1. Kinder Thomas Says:

    Absolutely !! One of your best blogs.. I’ve always felt our interior canvass needs to reflect and transcend,… an organic extension of our natural visual environment. Hard to accomplish …given our inclination for impromptu purchasing…and the stereotypical cheesy room vignettes constructed as visual guides in most furniture emporiums. As Al Green once said, “Take me to the river.”

  2. bill barr Says:

    Thanks Mr. Kinder, Appreciate you checking out Mr. Barr and the positive reinforcement. Now if we could just change the rest of the world…


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