Our Room of the Week this week is all about using the design principles of color and line to support other design principles like rhythm and harmony. Interior Designer Molly Leutkemeyer, an interior designer in Los Angeles since 2001, is a master at infusing spaces with bright happy colors and interesting lines, and her own home in Laurel Canyon is no exception. You can view photos of the entire home on her website.
COLOR: If you take out all the furnishings in this space you are left with basically a plain white box – white cabinets and white walls- that forms the perfect backdrop for adding in bright finishes, furnishings and accessories. And, a plain white box is very versatile…you can easily change the style of the room by changing the colors, styles, patterns and textures of the furnishings and finishes. By keeping the walls of the entire space white it helps to create unity in the space, despite many bright colors.
FOCAL POINT: Focal points are created in this space by using the contrasting color to all the white, black. My eye is immediately drawn to the black dining table on top of the black and white zebra hide in the center of the dining room. The window in the kitchen also becomes a focal point when framed by the dark roman shade.
RHYTHM: Establishing rhythm in a space helps to make people feel comfortable. Taking cues from the architecture of the room can be an easy way help to establish rhythm. In this space the long horizontal lines in the cabinetry take their cue from the long horizontal beam running through the ceiling. If you look closely you can also see a long horizontal line running through the tile in the back splash that helps create rhythm.
SPACE & LINE: The kitchen is defined by its very horizontal lines, but the dining room uses more circular lines (round table, circular chandelier, round backs on the dining chairs). The difference in the lines used in both spaces helps to differentiate the spaces.
PATTERN & EMPHASIS: I can count at least 4 different patterns in the room – curtain, back splash tile, striped ceiling, zebra hide. I think you might even be able to make a case for the mirror as a pattern. Each of the patterns draws your eye to a unique feature of the room. The curtain draws your eye to the view outside the window, the backsplash tile draws your eye around the kitchen, the striped ceiling brings your eye upward, and the zebra hide brings your eye back down and grounds the space. Despite many patterns they all play a role in the space.