The Anatomy of an Ashley Whittaker Room

My favorite bedrooms have a double personality…they are both serene places for rest and relaxation and but are also exciting and rejuvenating.  I picked a bedroom for the Room of the Week, designed by Ashley Whittaker,  that is a great example of a bedroom that is both restful and rejuvenating, and good design.

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LINE: The line the headboard creates is repeated in the line the trim creates on the roman shade, the trim on the bed linens, and in the pattern on the pillows on the sofa.  Using the same strong line around the room as a motif in the room creates a rhythm to the space, and gives your eye a path to follow around the room.

COLOR: An analogous color palette means that the colors in the palette are adjacent to each other on the color wheel (here’s a good color wheel tutorial). In this case it’s blue-green, blue, and purple.  When you use analogous colors they are easy on the eyes, and create a serene space., even with the bold fabric on the bed.  And, the bold fabric on the bed unifies all the colors in the room.

PATTERN: The fabric on the headboard is bold, so it could be hard to throw in another pattern and have it work.  But, the throw pillows on the sofa hold their own in the design because they stay within the color palette and match the style of the fabric on the headboard.

SHAPE: The circle shapes in the fabric are repeated in the circles on the nightstand and the circular lamp and shade.  Repeating the shape creates harmony.

SCALE: The bed is centered in the room, but if the headboard were smaller or the pattern smaller the other items in the room might compete for the focal point.  But the large scaled headboard with the large scaled pattern really makes the bed the focal point of the room.

What’s your favorite part of this room?

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3 thoughts on “The Anatomy of an Ashley Whittaker Room

  1. Hello there! This article could not be written much better!
    Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept talking about this. I’ll send this article to him. Pretty sure he’ll have a good read.
    Many thanks for sharing!

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