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Thursday, July 16, 2009

What Makes a Room Great? / Hva er det som virkelig "gjør" et rom?

House Beautiful devoted their August issue to "What Makes a Room Great". The question and the issue made me think.. What does make a room great? I've made a list of what I think makes a room great. The list is hugely personal, so it would be interesting to hear if you agree, or if you have something to add to the list!

House Beautiful har dedikert august-utgaven sin til "Hva gjør et rom fantastisk". Spørsmålet og utgaven fikk meg til å tenke. Hva er det som gjør et rom virkelig godt? Jeg har laget en liste over de tingene jeg mener er kritiske. Listen er min personlige mening, så det hadde vært interessant å høre om du er enig, eller har noe som bør legges til eller trekkes fra listen.


1. Color Palette

The color palette of a room is one of the first things i look at. I think it can make or break a room. I always look for interesting and unexpected combinations, and dread monochrome rooms.

Image courtesy of dominomag.com


Image courtesy of dominomag.com

2. Focal Point

Interesting features in a room. It could be art, an interesting piece of furniture, color combinations, a mirror (sunburst anyone???), a fabric... The list goes on...

This image from houseofturquoise.blogspot.com has a very interseting focal point - the chandelier.



3. Symmetry

I'm a sucker for symmetry and my interest always tends to rest on rooms with interesting symmetry. It doesn't have to be perfect, but present in the details.

Image courtesy of tobifairley.com

Image courtesy of Melissa Rufferty

4. Art


It doesn't have to be expensive, but it has to be interesting, and it has to be framed well.

Image courtesy of James Radin. The picher collection is framed by the shelves and makes perfect art.

Image courtesy of Emily Walker. The framed fabric makes a beautiful statement.

5. Details

Someone once said that a room isn't perfect until you've finished the last 10%.
I found this image on House of Turquoise. I keep finding new and interesting details in this room, it's very "finished" in my opinion and at the same time not overdone.

5. Useability

A room can't be great if you can't live in it, be comfortable in itand use it on a daily basis.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD ADD TO THE LIST? I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING YOUR TAKE ON WHAT MAKES A ROOM GREAT! :)

ER DET NOE DU VILLE LAGT TIL PÅ LISTEN? SER FREM TIL Å HØRE DITT PERSPEKTIV PÅ HVA DET ER SOM "GJØR" ET ROM ! :)

12 comments:

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh I totally agree with you. Great points! I especially agree with the whole last 10% of the room thing. I think this is the hardest part!

I also think that a lot of time lighting is forgotten and that it really is important. I'm slowly trying to fix that in my home.

Mimi said...

The first two images in the color palete are actually two of my favorite rooms from Domino..
Completely my personal design aesthetic! Just love it!

What makes a room great to me is not being afraid of add what you love. A room should reflect who you really are, not what you think the room should be.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
To me a room should look comfy and warm, like it's lived in. I really like those photos of the rooms in your symmetry section. Great colors! Have a great day!

Sherrie
http://splummer-aviewofmylife.blogspot.com/2009/07/hooked-on-fridays.html

Terry said...

So many different ways to make a great room: The great rooms make you feel good, make you want to go in, make you feel welcome. They reveal themselves slowly and reward looking for details. A big part of the room is how it relates to the rest of the house, how you go in and go out. I think you can sense a great room when it's empty. In fact if it doesn't feel good when empty, it will always be a big challenge.

Ragna said...

Nå fikk du meg til å tenke også. Jeg tror jeg vil legge til: En overraskelse. Noe uventet. Den er kanskje delvis overlappende med din nr 2 Focal Point, men jeg tror ikke at et Focal Point TRENGER å være en overraskelse. Jeg tror også at en litt uventet farge i en fargepalett kan være en overraskelse, men jeg tror at det ikke MÅ være overraskelser i fargepaletten.

Jeg har laget en liten overraskelse i gangen min, der har jeg hengt masse hatter på veggen til dekorasjon. Både praktisk siden jeg husker å bruke dem, og ser dekorativt ut, og så passer det med hatter i en gang! På kjøkkenet har jeg en ventilator som ser ut som en stor hengelampe men så er det egentlig en ventilator. Trenger ikke å være store greiene men jeg synes det er viktig at det finnes noe litt uventet i et rom.

daily decorator said...

My favorite is #3...I love that orange!

My Wonderworld said...

En ting som gjorde meg litt nysgjerrig: er punktene notert etter prioritert rekkefølge? ;-)

Jeg har tenkt mye på dette innlegget etter at jeg leste det for første gang og kan utifra disse punktene klart se hva som er mine styrker og svakheter.

Jeg har ikke så mye som kan legges til listen, da punktene i seg selv omfatter så mye. Men jeg ville lagt til en kommentar som angår bruk av mønstre og det å etablere en rød tråd i sitt utrykk.

For øyeblikket jobber jeg intenst med å finne løsninger, på det som står igjen hos oss. Og det som gjør det så vanskelig å komme i mål, er akkurat punktet som gjelder det å kombinere mønstre. Her har jeg lite erfaring. ;-)

Uansett, takk for en inspirerende post!!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Camila - I actually completely forgot about lighting, and you're so right, it really is crucial. Thanks!! :)

Mimi - That's also true, follow your emotions and trust your own judgement. :) By the look of your blog we have similar taste! Love it!

Sherrie - Thanks!

Terry - I totally agree. Great point to add to the list!

Ragna - Spennende! Har du lagt ut bilder? Skulle gjerne sett. Er enig i at punktene kan overlappe, men som du sier, trenger ikke focal point å overraske. Rom som har det lille overraskelsesmomentet får meg ofte til å vende tilbake igjen og igjen for inspirasjon.

Daily Decorator - Tobi is great, huh?

MWW - Har lagt igjen laangt svar hos deg! :) Og nei, det er ingen prioritert rekkefølge!

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