Monday, February 8, 2010

ART OF LIGHTING

How to create a focal point in a room? There are many ways and one is achieved by a careful choice of objects on a fireplace mantle, a small table, a console. Here are a few examples of how to put together objects to create a powerful "vignette" and in this particular case above it consists in grouping vases similar in color or shape and visually linking the silver bowl to the silver lamp base.



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On a side table a chinoiserie style table lamp is appropriately matched by a Japanese lacquered antique tray and Japanese 1920's vases.




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A collection of precious antique boxes makes a visual impact on the hallway table.




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Another powerful vignette, also a focal point for a corridor, with two identical small lamps, a sculpture positioned on one side to become a silhouette between two antique Chinese wooden and gilded panels.



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A gorgeous XIX century painting with a more recent and inexpensive bust of a young lady in the same color of the lamp's base, again creating an harmonious vignette with similar colors and subjects.

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Not much visible in the picture is the subject on the round antique lamp screen to the left, again a young lady, same as in the framed prints on the wall.




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In a bathroom a collection of old ceramic containers and a tall glass vase filled with seashells, alternating different heights and shapes creates some interest on the marble topped console.

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Antique metal ink containers and a bronze sculpture. Two ways of displaying them.





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In a bathroom a simple trio of objects with the same hue.




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Coordinating colors and shapes, a Lalique blue vase on the chest and a blue vase in the oil painting.


Tip: Work on one project at a time, complete one corner or area before starting another one. The most important thing is to put together objects that have something in common, style or material, color or provenience, subject or shape...the choice is endless and the result will be a stunning focal point.

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