Design 911 – Kimberly Grigg, M.D.
I would not really mind if he showed up to a Design 911 emergency, would you?
Sometimes I feel like a doctor with a bag full of potions and tricks to fix the many ailments that make a room feel bad. Most of the ailments are simple, they just seem complicated to the homeowner. I think somehow the homeowner gets too close to the room—too emotionally connected and then he/she cannot see the forest for the trees. Often the simplest of solutions (such as take an aspirin and go to bed) can make the largest difference.
Once I was called upon to make a “house call” for a client who again, couldn’t quite put her finger on the problem, but the room just didn’t feel right to her. I walked in and identifying the problem was simple. She had strong red walls, massive bookshelves filled to the brim, a fireplace, a lot of furniture, lovely artwork and interesting architectural details in a lot of places. Sounds like a dream, right? Wrong. Within 5 seconds, I knew what the problem was. The problem was that my eye just simply could not rest. There were too many WOWS in one room.
Creating a focal point was the first must. I focused on the fireplace and simplified everything else. She loved the strong red color and I felt it important to work with it and let it do it’s magic. I painted the back of the bookshelves a taupie gold to absorb the red and then used that color as pillows on the sofa. I edited the accessories and put one piece of artwork on the mantle to further dramatize the new focal point. By changing the furniture arrangement to also focus on the new focal point, the room now had harmony, scale and balance. The eye could rest and in this case the client did not have to purchase anything other than a can of paint for the bookshelves and two new pillows for the sofa. So take an aspirin and call me tomorrow!!!!