Creating a Mood
Creating a room that is moody and lush requires a little more than a splash of dark paint, velvet and low level lighting! However all of these elements are important, its just how you use them. The palette is also extremely important, ensuring the interplay between the hues builds the mood you are looking for.
A warm neutral palette can create a cosy and moody room just as easily as a darker palette of contrasting hues.
Textures and layering different textiles, patterns, colours gives you a sense of depth and create interest in the room. Layering is not just reserved for the soft furnishings, wall papers, artwork, decor and some furniture pieces can be layered to deliver a more intimate space.
Lighting should be considered at the same time as a way to create mood not just a way to avoid you sitting in the dark! The time of the day or amount of natural light determines how the room will appear and feel. Window coverings to diffuse light softens the bright light during the day. At night, strategically placed, pendants will help you place light where and when you want it. It might be to illuminate artwork, direct attention to certain pieces of decor or using a freestanding lamp to shift the light to a corner for a softly lit room. It's worth noting that the lighting will reflect wall colouring and floor coverings, so consider the depth of colour and the brightness and colour of the globes you use.
I love this cute Melbourne home designed by Chelsea Hing for its layering and palette. The rooms lack 'wow' features such as high ceilings or large windows so the designer has created the interest at eye level and below through the use of a mid grey on the walls throughout. Sheer curtains extend the window to the ceiling to create drama and diffuse the light. The background palette of grey and dark timber is complemented by muted olive, navy and a soft blush. The crisp white and metallics add some contrast and features.
Let me know what you think and how you would score this home out of 10!