The Anatomy of a Melian Randolph Room

I stumbled on the Room of the Week by Spanish interior design firm Melian Randolph on Pinterest awhile ago and haven’t been able to get it out of my head.  It’s a space that could work for so many types of families: people who love to throw parties, a family with young children who needs comfortable places to sit, a family of teenagers who love to lounge around, etc.  It’s a very versatile room, and I just can’t stop looking at it.

One of my favorite things about this room is that you could split it in half right down the middle and have two very beautiful living spaces.  But combined, all these elements make up one well-designed amazing room.

Let me explain the reasons I’m in love.  And, even if it’s not your style, hopefully you can learn something from this room to improve your own home.

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BALANCE: This room is great example of asymmetrical balance.  Split the room in half…everything on the left has something on the right to balance it.  Let’s start at the top:  the large windows and yellow curtains on the left balance out the even larger window on the right.  While the sofas are completely different in color and style, they are balanced in scale, and their positioning maintains balance.  The pair of small coffee tables on the left balances the single larger white table on the right.  The round wicker chair on the left is balanced by the round side table on the right.  The saturated brown and yellow colors on the left side of the room are balanced by the saturated blue color on the right side of the room.  The black standing lamp near the fireplace on the left is balanced by the black lamp on the round table on the right.

EMPHASIS: With so much going on in this space (colors, furniture, patterns) it needs a focal point so the eye can focus and rest.  And, using one large minimal element was the perfect way to do that.  Amidst the busyness of the room the large round mirror is the sole object on the mantle.  And, because it is large in scale it commands attention, and provides relief for the eye.

SHAPE:  Just like last weeks’ room, this room also has a shape that is placed around the room to create harmony, but this week it’s a circle.  Starting with the mirror on the mantle and continuing through the room with the wicker chair, side tables, log stools, lamps and other accessories.

SCALE: You most likely don’t have a room in your house that could fit this much furniture comfortably, but this large room would look silly with just one sofa and coffee table.  The scale of the windows, walls and fireplace are so big that the furniture needed to be equally large to make the design cohesive.  Use this concept to think about the scale of the furniture and rooms in your house.

COLOR: The ceiling-height yellow curtains are definitely a large presence in the room…but they would seem out-of-place if there weren’t other yellow accents.  And, the same goes with the blue sofa, or the brown Chesterfield.  There are both blue and brown accents carried throughout the space, establishing a color palette, and creating unity among the variety.

PATTERN: Most of the furnishings in this room are floating…meaning they aren’t against the walls.  But, they are anchored by the rug which they all sit on.  The large stripe grounds the design and ties everything nicely together.

Which half of the room do you like best?

Or, are you like me, and you like the mix they create together?

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