Sugar and Spice – Opposites Attract in Interior Design
We hear metaphorical clichés every single day without taking note behind their meaning – hot and cold, oil and water, fire and ice and probably more. These oxymoron’s are a testament to the difference between each element, and yet their inherent complementary natures also. The same ideology can be applied to the concept of interior designing – hot and cold seem like completely opposite phenomenon on paper, but when you put them together in right proportions, you can get a beautifully alluring end product that is the perfect combination of both. When opposite themes are allocated in the same design zone, it is impossible not to get contradictory results- but some of these contradictions actually end up giving off a positive vibe. So today, we would be taking a look at a few of these interiors that are the physical embodiment of opposites attract.
It is the usual etiquette of interior designing that a white theme be paired with a white florescent lighting counterpart. White and gold seem like an impossible option on paper – a contradiction of modern and antique that is fine in theory but not in application. But if you manipulate the interior right – introduce the appropriate contrast and use the right lumens of light, then the end product can be something magical. If you look at the image below, you will see how the grey balances out the rich gold of the rope light in the ceiling.
This interior is the perfect analogy for the hot and cold metaphor – the mosaics line the backsplash in a gust of warm colors, and the drop lights in the cabinets above is just as warm in nature. Together with the wooden counter veneer, these come together to form a truly earthy experience. However, the chrome veneer on the top counters is in perfect juxtaposition with the rest of the design – being cool to the eye.
Marble Slab Effect
This interior takes the cool texture and composition of white marble and amalgamates it with the rich gold of hidden strip lights. The oak wood floor is there to complement the lighting style, while the media wall becomes a vast expanse of contradictory but complementary design.
Bright white and gold
Textured white and exposed brick are the new industrial style trend around the globe. There is something very authentic about the idea of a milky white exposed brick wall, and when you combine it with a plethora of gold lit lanterns, you get the perfect studio ambiance in your space.
Red and Whites
The visual weight of the color red is far heavier than the diluted hue of white – these two are so in contrast with each other that anything in between seems like an overkill. But the combination of red and white is a very ‘sugar and spice’ sort of combination – just the right amount of tarty and excellent.