What is it that makes a room look larger than it actually is? We know light walls recede and walls painted in dark or in strong colours bounce out and so make our room feel smaller, provided the wall is allowed to dominate. Covering a strongly painted wall in almost its entirety with a combination of pictures, mirrors, furniture, reduces a strongly painted walls impact significantly. Where the wall was once an overpowering of nothingness, the wall now provides a backdrop that enhances what is hanging or sat against the wall. Take for example a built-in book case that takes up the entire wall space. The bookcase now dominates that wall with its myriad of small pockets of regular colours (the books) lined up in an organised way. Look in through the shelves and you see a nice dark or strong colour edging through. It catches your eye rather than commands your eye. This contrast is emphasising a hidden space, saying, ‘Í’m still here’’ and ‘I am not a dull grey white wall but something surprising!’
Other ways of creating space in a room are with mirrors. If there is a window in the room, a mirror can also replicate the light that comes through the window. The lounge that has the large rectangular mirror above the mantel of a now closed in fireplace, usually in a thin gold frame can look fairly safe, and predictable in design. It is uninspiring and has an impression, ‘’this is ok’’. And it is ok, of course to a point. The question is, are you making the most of that expensive asset you live in called your house? That most of us spend a considerable time and effort acquiring.
A mirror as a surface, having essentially what is glass, often takes up a large proportion of a lounge, in a central important part of the lounge, and it can make or break your design flow. It all depends if your space is well designed in the first place. So if the room is lacking, then you get a duplicate look at that wall, that part of the roof and that furniture – a replica of perhaps nothingness. If the room has a door leading into another space that gives you a glimpse of good design as well as the room itself showing beautiful objects; then the mirror is an arresting thing to look into.
An interesting facet of a mirror is how it puts every object in reverse. Some painters when they are painting a picture that isn’t replicating an object or a scene like a landscape, would use a mirror to see their abstract image in reverse. The artist would walk about 20 feet away, turn around and hold the mirror over their shoulder to look into the mirror and see their painting. It was a way of using a different part of the brain, so they said, to find balance or whatever it was they were looking for. If there was something in the picture that didn’t sit right; looked too overpowering, then they worked on that. Fair enough? Well no not quite.
In reality, something that is upside down is not the same as something standing the right side up. And so it is when something is reversed. Each perspective, either through a mirror, tipped on its side is its own design in its own right. If you look at the Citroen DS 1972, it, like other cars, has its best look at a certain angle/s. If the car is perfectly designed, then every angle will look beautiful. And that’s not an easy task, because obviously, every part is connected and a change on one part will have an affect on another. But front, back, to the side, from the top of a car, they are all seen as having their own design.
Some people love the Citroen DS – at the time it’s design (by an Italian) had distinction and it still does. Shapely, soft, and sophisticated.
A landscape painting or a landscape art print which is not a replica of something well known and is large enough to show texture and is attractive can add a lot to your space. It comes with so much positive baggage. Firstly, it emphasises your discretion, did you take your time in selecting your
landscape art print or landscape painting? Secondly, you add expression – through its texture, its colour and its perspective to your room.
The importance of texture, is that it invites the viewer to take a closer look.
The parts that make up the picture have a visual construction and there becomes this overall unity between these parts. It is a natural curiosity to firstly see how it works and then to see if it works. The image to below, called Crossing Salisbury Plain, details the example of how an image, gives interest through its texture. How texture can add to art, how texture gives unity to the overall structure of a picture or in this case an art print. Take away the texutre and your image becomes like a photograph and perhaps less distinction.