ditto :: a foyer with class and good proportions
Monday, April 4, 2011 by {darlene}
As I mentioned in this post about the beauty of gray walls, I simply adore this foyer by Phoebe Howard. It is a classically designed space, and its proportions offer many lessons that we can all take home.
ditto :: {what I would steal from this space}:
  1. the soft blue gray walls. {the color here is Blue Hubbard by Sherwin Williams}. Gray has a way of transcending the seasons and feels at home on the hibernating days of winter and the sun-dappled mornings of summer. Gray is certainly a versatile neutral.
  2. the proportions. The chairs meet the console table at just the right height. Small, gentle legs are met and balanced with chunky legs. the height of the lamps are balanced by a wide, lower silver vase. and the height of the mirror is balanced by the width of the symmetrical art.
  3. beautiful woods. nothing says classy and refined like beautifully conditioned wood pieces with the lines of the classics. I particularly love these chairs. They are intricately detailed, like works of art. Their symmetrical placement both grounds the space, and offers a perfectly wonderful place to put on your shoes.
  4. beef up the architecture. What makes this space so classy is the architectural foundation. The trim is thick, detailed and highlighted in white. The backdrop offers views of revival paneling that surround the door frames. And the flooring is done in a classic, dark wood that offers a perfect blank canvas to the space.
  5. mirrors, mirrors! check your makeup before flitting out the door? yes. But also, offer a small space more light and reflection. Mirrors are perfect for foyers. And don’t miss those fantastic mirrored doors on the piece in the next room. What a wonderful way to draw your guests in {and check your outfit one last time while heading out}.
  6. the rug balance. If you have two rooms that flow from one to the next, and offer views of both at the same time, a fantastic rug solution is to find complementary rugs that share a color palate. In this case, these two rugs share stunning geometric patterns that make them look just like sisters. I just love the rug in the space beyond the foyer.
  7. do you have a foyer table or a buffet that you find too tall? rejoice! this is the perfect opportunity for layering. I love the look of layering furniture pieces. In this case, a stately and sturdy stool with curving lines provides the perfect layering piece beneath the console table.
The main lesson from this space is the beauty and significance of good proportions. It shows how beautiful a space can be when thought is given to the detail of differing heights and widths, and finding balance among them.
What would you ditto in this space?
-{darlene}
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