Westing Whimsical – When Imagination meets No Bounds
Curiosity might be a dying religion, but it is one that designers practice with much gusto. Creating a sense of whimsy in an interior space is no less a great feat than creating an amazing architectural formation. Since the scale and scope of interior designing is much more contained, it would be best to prioritize the allocation of resources and accessorizing when it comes to small spaces. These are the ones that need to be made curious, illusive and definitely bigger, if only in our mind. There are many ways to imbue that offbeat dimension in any contained space, as long as you know the right tricks, the right materials, the right way to manipulate the third dimension and the right color palate, there is very little you cannot do. Today, we will be taking a look at a few unconventionally whimsical interior settings that you might just fall in love with.
West that Ship
Thematic integration in any interior setting is a tried and true concept. If your theme is applicable, it can be done in both literals and abstracts, but if it is a concept, then you need abstract expression through colors and materials. If you take a look at the interior below, you would notice how it subtle imitates a ship afloat on the ocean. The dresser and accessories are all a physical impression, while the light blue is an abstract affirmation of both the sky and the deep blue sea.
Similarly, this interior setting is a physical impression of a beach done in both literals and abstracts. The light blue color palate is reminiscent of an everlasting sky, while the impression of the beach on the walls is sophisticated enough to lend an air of chic whimsy to the entire setting.
Literal representations of a concept usually need to be done in a tasteful way, so that it does not end up becoming a visual hindrance. Take note of the interior below, where there is a literal statue of a horse decorating a living room – but it has zero thematic consequence. In the end, it is just an obligatory but redundant decoration piece.
Designing voids can be a pain, but in the end, all you need is a nice, well designed chandelier along with great furniture and lots of natural light in order to make it work, double height spaces give off the illusion of tallness and openness when there isn’t much otherwise, so their design matters a lot in creating that whimsical effect.
Winnie the Pooh
Possibly the most cliché childhood phenomenon, Pooh and his entourage were the pinnacle of whimsy – adorable and sentient without being too ridiculous. Poo’s wisdom may not be reflected in this whimsical thematic sequence, but his silhouette does make a nice literal concept.