One of the most enjoyable things to me in interior design is the limitless mix of materials available to us. And one must never think that the possibilities have been exhausted, because they simply never will be. And the human imagination is very powerful and creative indeed. So that being said, I love, for example, how a wonderful marble can come into contact with a smooth stainless steel in a kitchen and simply look fabulous. This mix of two of nature's masterstrokes can be divine. But others can be too.
Speaking of marble and other gorgeous stones, I also think a stunning marble mixed with a beautiful wood cabinet can be....well....an Objet Petit A of the highest order. Yes, a marble must be carefully considered for function given the stain possibility, but there are many ways to marry function with fabulous in this regard. And we have become quite expert at it. Because in the end it needs to be perfectly suited to your lifestyle.
OK, let's step away from the kitchen for a moment and talk about inspired mixes in a bathroom. For example, a mix of stainless steel and a sculptural shaped tub can be so interesting. Couple that with a lovely tile and a creative mix of refined color and texture and you can really have a thriller. This particular tub shown will be as beautiful one hundred years from now as it is today, quite frankly. It's just gorgeous, but there are many other choices. And arriving at the right mix to meet your design dream is paramount.
Now, a stone or a tasteful pattern floor will always wow me when executed properly. And again, many choices. And ultimately quite reasonable in terms of ease of maintenance. And the visual it can deliver can simply be wonderful. And speaking of in the mix, a beautiful hardwood in a dining room coming into contact with a marble in an entry can be awe inspiring to every guest who walks through that threshold. Note the contrast of the picture shown below. Lovely.
No talk of inspired mix is complete without a subtle and soothing mix of hues and texture in a living room. A stark white wall can make a genius pattern pop, or a wood grain to deliver a miracle to the eye, or send an already wonderful piece of art into the stratosphere. So when you decide to create your perfect environment, set the bar very high in terms of the mix of your favorite materials. Because the process of creating your dream space should be as joyful as the end result. And of course joy will never out of style.
Laura Lee Clark