How to Design With an Elephant in the Room—Literally

Every week, Mansion International tackles a subject with an elite group of designers from around the globe who work on luxurious properties. This week we have a look at the way to incorporate eccentric design into your house.

Perhaps you envision a life-sized (fake) elephant occupying one-third of your lounge, or a sculptural reduction spanning your wall in three-dimensional glory—regardless of the eccentric flourish you’re drawn to, there’s no denying it would make a press release.

However, incorporating an over-the-top piece with out having it hijack the room is a matter or styling.

We chatted with design execs for recommendations on how to decide on these show-stopping parts and the way to work with them in order that they entice, fairly than detract, out of your design scheme.

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Create a Second

“I wish to say that once I design areas, I create moments inside an area. And that second permits me to inform a narrative.

“If the house is an entertaining house, I’d design with the intention of that pop, the dialog starter. That’s the place you create the wow consider an eloquent and chic means.

“The eclectics and juxtaposition of distinction makes a design thrilling. The secret’s with the ability to know the way to pull collectively all these parts, proportion and scale in a means that’s pleasing to the attention. I look forward to that second of ‘ah ha!’, when all the things appears to click on. It’s a intestine feeling. So, I counsel enjoying with the completely different patterns collectively to see the way it all works.”

Los Angeles-based inside designer Peti Lau matched the colourful whimsical nature of a central artwork piece with colourful accents in a consumer’s residence.

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— Los Angeles-based inside designer Peti Lau

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Differ Proportions

“Play with scale to create a way of shock and originality. For instance, we used outsized tassels in our challenge at Hempel Gardenswhich, which remodeled the house. You can too incorporate sculptures the place you may not sometimes anticipate to see them. Select items which can be colourful and trendy for the most important impression.

“Bear in mind, to maintain it tasteful, simply select one piece per house—you don’t need overkill by together with too many concepts in a single room.

“Tempering is essential. Inside our schemes, we wish to layer neutrals and textures however permit character to return out in particular person items, corresponding to over-the-top scaled tassels or an attention-grabbing function lamp.”

Quirky sculptures lend animation to a room designed by London-based design agency BradyWilliams Studio.


— Emily Williams, co-founder of London-based BradyWilliams Studio, which she based with associate Shayne Brady

Strike a Stability

“A singular and out-of-the-box piece of artwork is probably the most surefire means of placing a stamp of distinctive authenticity on an area—one thing that claims you at the moment are in a really curated house the place attention-grabbing folks dwell.

“Select your second. Should you’ve discovered one thing actually distinctive and excessive, my rule of thumb is that all the things ought to play to it. Having too many eccentric gadgets in a room means that the room itself is excessive, and the eye is pulled away from a singular assertion. Should you place one well-chosen merchandise in a room full of gorgeous, well-thought-out items, the eccentricity reads enjoyable and playful but nonetheless refined and particular.

“I wish to weave assertion items into the entire rooms, particularly in case you are going huge with distinctive and enjoyable artwork. For instance, we integrated an enormous rhino sculpture into a house the place the eating room has a mahogany ping pong table as their eating desk and a life-size wool sheep serves as a footstool within the household room.”

— Chicago and San Francisco-based inside designer Alison Pickart

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Contemplate Type and Perform

“I counsel when designing and making use of an over-the-top design function, you rigorously assume and analysis what aspect you’ll be able to function that can profit the general design aesthetic and the place you’ll be able to add it so will probably be visually pleasing in addition to practical.

“Together with pops of character all through is all the time a good suggestion as a result of it exhibits a cohesive relationship between your design function and the remainder of your decor.

“For instance, we put in a slatted wooden accent wall into a really up to date house the place it was missing an earthy aspect. We staggered the wooden items, stained them in a different way, and reduce them in several lengths so as to add an natural, earthy aspect to the minimalistic room for an total harmonious and Zen-like aesthetic.”

— Nina Magon inventive director and founding father of Contour Inside Design in Houston

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Get Private

“When including multiple over-the-top aspect, you wish to watch out to not overwhelm the room. However I subscribe to the more-is-more faculty of thought. So, so long as every bit resonates with you, it’s laborious to go fallacious.

“I’ve two tree sculptures that my mother and father gifted to me after my grandmother handed away. With their outsized bronze trunks and brass leaves, amethyst beds and ostrich egg coconuts, they’re definitely dialog starters.”

Two bronze palm bushes within the residence of Palm Seaside Florida designer Caroline Rafferty of Caroline Rafferty Interiors are the right dialog starters.

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— Palm Seaside Florida designer Caroline Rafferty of Caroline Rafferty Interiors

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