When looking to add color in a neutral room a carpet is an effective tool to introduce . When designing in a minimal style you have the freedom to inject color through objects and artwork and carpets and floor coverings. Not only do carpets add color but they provide a tactile and textural addition to your space. They are seamless and therefore unify spaces, but also can be used to mark off zones, or areas of activity. They permit versatile solutions for our interior design due to the colors, textures, and finishes they come in.
In Contemporary Design, there can be a more minimal and neutral palette in the furniture selection, lighting and wall coloring. This leaves the door open for Art and Objects that have a bold color and also different texture. In a room that may seem more stark, a carpet is an accessory that adds depth to the space and also luxury. In the image presented here, this loft style apartment is one of our (ORA studio) Projects in Soho NYC. It has an open floor plan and a neutral palette . I wanted to show some separation of space and also inject color into the room. The carpet underneath the Dining Table is multicolored and multi patterned and works well with the table and chairs. It is thin enough and has the correct dimensions to create the illusion of a separate Dining Room although there is no separation by walls. A carpet in a high quality material such as silk or wool also elevates your space and adds a dose of luxury. Not only does it protect the floor but also can serve as an investment much like a piece of Art.
Carpet selection can be daunting especially when examining what color would be best suited. First you have to think about the room and what it will be utilized for. The carpet in this image is for a Dining area with an adjacent Living Area. The table is a light grey and has some pattern and the Dining Chairs are white and chrome. With these colors as the reference point I needed to choose something that was complementary and also worked well with the other furniture in the space, as it would be next to the Kitchen area and Living area. I also needed to think what colors would be best with this much light in the daytime and evening exposure as well. The patchwork of colors and patterns give an ethnic feel to this contemporary room. The color palette of the carpet adds depth and also adds life to the Dining table and chairs.
The omnipresent color in this carpet is blue. Blue is the most common color used in interior design – it relaxes and refreshes, it provides for a feeling of safety, clear thinking, diligence and organization. But blue is a cold color, so balance it warm or neutral colors. The grey and white colors of this space are a wonderful counterpart to the carpet and its bluish theme. this also brings the aspect of color to another level.
I want to talk briefly about Analogous Colors. These are Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Teaming analogous colors like red and orange, green and blue – creates visual harmony in a room. As you can see in the image, this is exactly why this carpet is successful in this space. The blues and greens of one of the panels works well the reddish orange of the others. The placement of the more neutral beige and grey toned panels highlights the bolder colored panels, thus creating a focal point.
The impression of a color and the message it conveys is of utmost importance in creating the psychological mood or ambiance that supports the function of a space. In this case it is a Dining room, a focal point of entertaining, of family and friends meeting and sharing a meal. Every item that is placed in this space takes thought and care. This carpet is a welcome addition and also acts as an artistic piece to enliven and enrich the space.
As we continue on in the series, the Science of Color, I encourage everyone to think about how color affects you in your home. Where is the space or room that you feel best?
Stay tuned for further exploration into the world of Color!
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