Today, we bring you beautiful interiors photography by David A. Land, via a favourite design blog Desire to Inspire.
We love mixing styles and cultures in unexpected ways at IDB, but while our style leans towards the big and bold, we love a lighter touch too. These shots are great examples of how to achieve a more subtle Bohemianism.
Regency dressers, Staffordshire dogs and Sammy Davis, Jr. can all live together visually because they share a common palette of gold and black. Traditional objects (the dogs) mingling in a modern setting (the dresser) make for a very contemporary combination.
Ikea embroidered pillows, a rustic end table and Grateful Dead album covers jam well because they share colours (red and blue, with bits of yellow), textures (worn wood), or a sinuous, undulating quality of line. They also have a common hippy vibe.
In the above image, all the accent colours are citrus hues.
The key to a successful mix, whether daring or delicate, is to find the
common threads (and the contrasts) between different objects and ideas. You could reduce things to their essential characteristics, for example, looking at objects strictly in terms of colour, texture and
shape. Or you could try looking for a shared idea or history. (For example, Spanish and Moroccan styles tend to complement each other well because of their Moorish ancestry.)
What do you have in your home or office that you haven't tried putting together yet? Go forth and experiment! (And please share your results in the comments... :)