1.26.2011

Typography in interiors - Thomas Broome

I was researching typography for my logo, and I happened to stumble upon the work of Thomas Broome.  I couldn't believe my eyes, these were interiors drawn with words describing each object that was drawn.   A very clever and brilliant use of typography to draw interiors.



Cottage

Staircase

Terrace

Living Room

The Old Society

 The Trophyroom

The Staircase

Bathroom

Hallway

Bedroom

Home Cinema

Dining Room

What do you think?  Aren't they A-MA-ZING!! Which one is your favorite?  My favorite one is the one with the trophy room, with the three deer's head.  I would love to see his work in person, and find out what was in his head when he came up with the concept of using typography to create interiors.  Don't forget to check Thomas' website out, there are more brilliantness there!!

1.24.2011

Design Dilemma: How do I make my ceiling appear higher?

I got an email from Susie, asking for some advice on how to make her ceiling appear higher.  Although she loves her house, her ceiling is not as high as she would like, so she needs help in making the ceiling in her entry way feel taller.   My advice would be to try the following few things:

1.  Paint the ceiling in a semi gloss paint in the same color  as the molding.  This will make the ceiling reflective, looking endless, and will bring light into the space.






(All images above House Beautiful)

2.  Avoid ceiling fixtures that call attention to themselves.  Use fixtures that disappear into the ceiling or a fixture that does not contrast the ceiling.  At all costs avoid hanging fixtures, like a chandelier.



On the picture below, because of the dark band that surrounds the light fixture the eyes notice the contrast between the ceiling and the fixture.  The ceiling appears lower because the eyes perceive that the ceiling height is where the light fixture starts.



As an example, I would replace it with the fixture below:

(Quadra Ice large Ceiling from Ylighting )



3.   Create height by hanging art high on the walls with vertical frames and cuts.  This will have the eyes focused on the wall and not the ceiling.  And it's a great way to display art work, or family photographs.  


A great spot to do this would be here:





4.  Add vertical elements on a console, like a table lamp, this will have people focus on the table lamp thus creating the illusion that the ceiling is taller.








So, at Susie's console I would add a tall vertical table lamp, to add visual interest, and to keep the eyes focused on it:





Table lamps that would work well in the space:



Faceted crystal table lamp from WS Home



Or the Clay gourds white from Barbara Cosgrove

5.  Add elements that draw the eyes up instead of down.  For example, mount sconces higher than the usual height, that has an uplight.    


The sconce ( I think it's a sconce from the picture), that is on the left, next to the door opening to the family/living room, is drawing attention to the floor.  I would replace it with a sconce that has an up light.




An example of a sconce that I would use would be this one:




Vendome Single wall sconce from Circa Lighting


6.  Add other tall vertical elements in the space, like a tall vase with branches, a tall plant, or a tall floor mirror.



In Susie's case, I would add either a tall vase with branches, or a tall topiary plant.   A good space to add this would be at the corner by the entrance door.





These are the tricks that Susie can apply to make her ceiling appear taller.  For more tips or suggestions, I have written about it here.

Please feel free to chime in, and share your experience on how you made your ceiling look higher. 

Thank you and have a lovely day!
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