How it really works, When you put up a new print on your wall, your brain doesn't just register “new print on wall”: it analyses it like there's no tomorrow! Is it rectangular, is it framed, in what material, is it a painting, is it a photography, what are the main colours, is it abstract, do I like it? And it won't just do that the first time, it will constantly verify that information and add to it whenever you look at the wall. Now that doesn't sound very relaxing! Negative spaces create a break for your brain. Like a comma or a full stop in a sentence. The opportunity to just stop and enjoy the moment! As a result your room will feel more balanced. How to implement it, On top of being careful with the way you place your furniture, it's also about becoming a curator. That means being more selective with what you put up on your walls, on your sofa, on your shelves and consoles. One big piece of art on a wall for example will create a simple negative space around it, easier to process than that created by lots of pictures. Buy less, but buy better! It's not necessarily about being minimalist but let's just say this: we have not yet seen an Interior Designer create a very cluttered room! They know their negative space!
We keep a stack of magazines (fun for me). And I just procured those tic-tac-toe pieces from Target (for us). The “game board” it came with was an afterthought, so I ditched it and made my own game board with black washi tape. More often than not, that coffee table is Hal's craft table too despite having a craft table just her size. It endures a lot. bout that TV. We chose to keep in on the ledge and off to the side (not mounted permanently above the fireplace). It's hard to hide a TV in a minimally designed room but it took our out-of-town friend a couple hours to figure out where the TV was. I'll mark that as a success. Our contractor drilled a hole in the back corner of the bench and covered it with a plastic cord cap. We feed the cords through the hole to the preexisting outlets beneath both sides of the benches. The outlets are covered by the wood, so we look cordless!
Windows with less. With a dominant wall feature like this one, a window treatment would be superfluous. Leaving the windows bare allows the fabulous decorated wall to do the talking. Elimination exercise. When designing a room, what we put in tends to take precedence over what we leave out. Placing a coffee table between or in front of sofas is a firmly entrenched habit. But ask yourself whether it is actually essential to your living room. Would a pair of side tables work better instead? Here, the negative space created by the absence of a central table not only gives clear air to the sculptural lines of this hanging fireplace, but it also opens a traffic path to the floor-to-ceiling windows.
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