The Green Touch

The Green Touch

Once in a while we encounter a space on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter that stops us in our tracks. The tell-tale signs are dramatic - chatter and noise fade into silence, our surroundings freeze (hello Matrix) and it's just this image and us.

I'm a regular victim.

It's so cliche, but it's embarrassingly true.

I get mesmerized by creative interior spaces: minimalist kitchens, monochrome living rooms, earthy bathrooms and neutral Scandinavian bedrooms. It's a formula that never fails to evoke those heart eyes.

And it is quite often that those heart eyes come on. Perhaps several times a day. After all, I spend a lot of time curating collections and researching new artists, products and designs. It is part of the job. 

But the heart-stopping, choir-pitch, love-at-first sight interiors are on a whole different level.

For those, there is always something different that catches my eye. Sometimes its furniture that is regal and proud, commanding my attention and respect. Sometimes its a play on color, with proven physiological and psychological effects, that pull on the heart strings (heart eyes blinking madly). Sometimes it's an amazing view that has been framed by architecture (kudos to the creator and the architect). And sometimes its the picture composition (go stylists and photographers!), and i'm witnessing styling mastery in an awesome photograph.

But hold on, there is something else going on. And it's so subtle and easy and affordable that anyone can incorporate it into their own homes.

A Dynamic Composition

Design school teaches us that good interior design draws in the eye. A well-appointed space beckons the eye to wander and roam each corner and curve in the room. It does not rest on a single spot, it keeps moving just like a wave; up and down, side to side. Without this 'roving eye' effect, the composition is - dare I say - flat.

Perhaps the 'roving eye' is appreciating the elements as a whole unit, and this could well be created by design rules followed by the book.

Often, however, this creative divinity is from pure design unpredictability. There is an imbalance in proportions, symmetry, and sizes that bond in interesting ways to create a cohesive look. Or the space has been conceived by a rogue marriage of colors, that work together as whole. For example with blush and gold. In traditional interiors the warm hues of pink and gold blend in well with similar colors on the color wheel such as wood and brick. If you marry blush and gold with concrete and stainless steel, the cooler tones add a masculine energy and visual tension to the otherwise feminine color scheme.

It could also be a unique focal point or as simple as amazing lighting, that has the unique power to elevate even the most minimalist of spaces.

The Green Touch

But there is one thing in common between all of them.

That is the presence of a breathing, purifying element; a dose of green, or what I would call the green touch.

The green touch is any form of botany. It could be a plant or a flower. It could be a single stem or a magnificent bouquet of blooms.

It might be a subtle touch where the green is hiding in the corner and blending into space. It could be loud and center where it forms an integral component of the design and space. In all these cases, the green touch breathes life into the composition. It adds silent tension.

It gives the space personality.

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The subtle edge we can give to our interior spaces is that green touch. A friendly fiddle-leaf fig tree, a single monastera leaf stem or a bloom of peonies in a vase is all it takes to freshen things up. And it doesn't have to cost a fortune.

The next time you instinctively pin an interior or like an image, give yourself a second and let your eyes scan the image.

Look for the breathing element.

There will almost always be one. 

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