In the fall, I received an order for a Mediterranean-style interior project.
My client is in love with Italy, the sunny climate, the warm breeze of the Mediterranean Sea, the spirit of Italy with its antiquity, ancient history, and the colors of Tuscany.
She showed me a picture representing the subconscious carrying her into the distance, to places of peace, tranquility, and quiet happiness.
As well she showed me existing interior items, which she had already fallen in love with and would not want to part with. It's a massive vintage sofa. She also asked to leave a dinner table made of solid wood. The reproduction of Klimt's painting "Kiss" excites the consciousness of any woman and takes thoughts into the memories of unrestrained passionate love.
So, for the Designer, a specific task was drawn to create an interior for a particular woman. The interior will become a place of a kind of meditation, where each element of the interior will relax its worldview and send it on a mental journey to places beloved by the heart.
The keywords of this interior were: "Italy," "Tuscany," "Warm Breeze," "Kiss," "Romance," "Good Wine," and "Fire."
The client indicated her lumpy colors: yellow - the color of the sun, blue - the color of the sky, and the color of green turquoise.
She also asked to see for her a place to read books, a place to rest by the fireplace, if it is possible to build it anywhere.
So, the request was fascinating, and I took great pleasure in implementing it.
I put both pictures of the client in front of me and tried to tune in to the emotional wave that the client described.
I divided the joint space into three zones: "dining area," "book reading area," and "fireplace seating area."
I used three colors suggested by the client, but I made the gamut easier with scattered colors.
I attributed each color to a specific zone. In the dining area, I wanted to create an issue of a gazebo located by the sea. So that the client's friends feel that they are dining overlooking the sea, under ancient arches somewhere in Tuscany, among vineyards, with falling grape clusters.
The massive table was complemented by chairs of deep green color with a touch of antiquity.
I also created wall racks for storing dishes storing expensive wine collections.
When you sit at the table, your eyes rush to the seascape, giving an enduring impression that you are in the gazebo, with friends, by the sea.
I provided a small corner fireplace in the second zone - the "fireplace zone" since there was literally no room for it. The fireplace is essentially decorative. This is an electric fireplace that carries more semantic load than functional. The Mediterranean style combines the interweaving of both Eastern and European styles. To my delight, I found gorgeous decorative tiles in the Moroccan style of green-turquoise color with elements of ancient bronze ornaments. The tiles are rich in texture, sending us mentally to ancient times.
Each item is designed in style. The combination of colors is impeccable.
A small snag was between the hallway and the hall. The entrance hall already had a traditional style wallpaper. It was a challenge to fit this wallpaper into the new stylized hall. It was necessary to visually divide these two spaces so that they did not conflict with each other but, on the contrary, complemented each other. But how to do this without losing space, significant investments, and big construction projects. I suggested that the client divide the zones with an arch stylized in an ancient style and, thereby, separate the two zones visually without losing light and space. I took a photo of the turn in the dining area as the prototype and created a drawing. Contractors quickly built this divider, then I aged it, painting it in the antique style. The result pleased the client and me.
To conclude, there was a dissonance between the two interior elements - a massive vintage, muscular sofa and a modern-style couch that stood along the same wall and argued among themselves for attention.
How do we reconcile the debaters? Of course, divide them. I predict to separate the couch from the united space with a small curtain that will not obscure the light but will create a romantic atmosphere.
Also noteworthy was the allocation of this zone to the custom-made decorative ornament in Moroccan style, carved from wood. Thus, the long, clumsy wall was divided into two visual zones through unique decorative elements.
The general impression of the space of three zones can be felt while you are in the center of the hall. Turning into one of the sides, you see zones with your purpose that are different in emotions but closely related stylistically and in the interpenetration of colors. The colors echo and complement one another.