I just purchased Rhapsody the latest design book from one of my most favorite influential designer’s Kelly Wearstler. What I admire most about the creatively cool Kelly’s décor is her gusto and her daring dynamic finishes that create iconic yet whimsical interiors that leave a lasting impression. In the October issue of Lonny Magazine the feature was not to only promote her new book, but to talk about a surface that often times gets over looked the floor! Weather you’re designing a commercial or residential space this surface can pack a lot of punch by playing with pattern, print, size and scale and make your space go from drab to fab. So, don’t be play it safe when it comes to flooring and take few design tips from one of the nation’s top iconic design professionals Kelly Wearstler.
Tip #1 Consider how your flooring selections will read from adjacent spaces. Unlike walls or ceilings, floors are often highly visible from hallways or adjoining rooms and therefore influence their designs. Before making a costly purchase, consider the broader consequences of your selections.
Tip #2 A boldly patterned floor can distract the eye from structural shortcomings Powerful flooring can often compensate for low ceilings or otherwise unbecoming dimensions. A great deal of good design involves tricking the eye, and purchasing a bold carpet is almost always cheaper than making architectural changes.
Tip #3 Small patterns provide the illusion of texture In my interiors, I often prefer floors with large, high-impact patterns; however, carpets or tiles with small, intricate patterns can supply a different kind of drama. In monochromatic rooms or those with limited color palettes, they can add depth and definition.
Tip#4 Reflective flooring can open up a space Much like using a bold pattern, covering the floor with a reflective surface can be trans-formative. Highly polished wood or marble can alter the mood and aesthetics of a space, even providing the illusion of altering its dimensions.
Lonny Magazine, October 2012 by Kelly Wearslter
What to buy the book?
It makes a great gift for about $35 for that design geek in your life
Cheers and Merry Christmas!