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The Miller's Family Room
The Miller's are a small family consisting of a husband and wife with two young children. Their daughter is 8 and loves to play soccer while their son is a 6 year old Einstein. The family loves to spend time together watching movies, playing wii games and even some board games. Mr. and Mrs. Miller love to entertain and often have friends over for parties in the evenings. They spend most of their time in their family room that is open to their kitchen. They wanted our team to design a Modern Style Family Room that suited their needs. Since modern design consists of mostly clean lines, we chose furniture that has just that; clean lines and very minimalistic. For the floor we went with pre-finished zebra wood since they used zebra wood in the kitchen and we wanted to extend it into the family room as well. To break up some of the monotony with the zebra wood, we placed a fuzzy white area rug under the sectional and coffee table. The rug added some softness to the space but also some texture and personality. We chose a sectional with a chaise and upholstered it in black leather. The black sofa would be a nice contrast from the white rug but would also bring out the black in the zebra wood. For the coffee table we chose a flat and square shaped table with a shiny black finish. The coffee table came with 4 storage ottomans that hide under the table when not in use but provide extra seating for Mr. and Mrs. Miller's parties. Because the Miller's love to play games as a family we made a game area in the room. We bought a round game table in the same shiny black finish as the coffee table. We chose 4 high back chairs, also in black, to go around the game table. Our color scheme for the room stemmed from the zebra wood flooring. We wanted the majority of the room and its furnishings to be black and white. To add a little contrast we painted the walls a light gray which would be complimentary to the black and white in the floor. We wanted the fireplace wall to be the focal point of the room so we painted it a slightly darker shade of gray. We didn't design a mantle for the fireplace since that would be more traditional than modern, but we designed a fireplace facade that would stick out a little further from the fireplace wall itself. We chose to paint the facade a rich shade of plum. To bring in some color to the room we upholstered throw pillows in a rich plum fabric and a brighter and lighter shade of purple. We used the same material to upholster the ottomans; 2 in plum and 2 in the lighter purple. We also added some white throw pillows to the sofa so the purple pillows wouldn't get lost on the black leather. To brighten up the game table side of the room, we upholstered all 4 chairs with the lighter purple fabric that was used on the pillows and ottomans. The entire wall to the left of the game table is a floor to ceiling window. We didn't want to use blinds in our design so we chose floor to ceiling sheer white draperies to provide the Miller's with some privacy. The sheers added a delicate, soft, simple and modern feel to the room. Where are the Miller's going to store all the games that they love to play as a family? All the games can't possibly fit in the ottomans, can they? Of course not! We designed custom built in drawers on both sides of the fireplace wall. The drawers are waist high (for an average adult) and finished in a high gloss white. The white contrasts nicely with the gray walls and blends perfectly with the rest of the white decor. Above the storage drawers on the right of the fireplace we mounted floating shelves, painted in plum, to house pictures and other knick knacks. Above the storage drawers on the left side of the fireplace we mounted artwork that we had the Miller children draw. We wanted the family to add a little personal touch to their family room. How can they have a family room with no TV? Ha...I saved the best for last. We mounted a 50'' flat screen above the fireplace facade. The TV swivels so you can watch it from anywhere in the room. Whether they are watching from the sofa or watching from the game table, it swivels for their convenience. We also left some space in the room, on the game table side, for playing extreme sports such as wii tennis, bowling and baseball ;-p
I hope you enjoyed my teams design for the Miller's Family Room. We sure had a great time coming up with what we presented to them.
*In case you are wondering: The Miller's are a fictional family that we made up for the design. We had to come up with a client so we could design a room that met their needs*
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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Thursday, October 7, 2010
Scale: The first Principle of Design. Scale deals with the size of the room. Is the room large or small? Is the furniture in the room too big for the size of the room? Is the furniture in the room too small for the size of the room? If you can see my picture, the room is very large and the furniture chosen for the space is also large. All the wall art is large in scale which matches the architectural scale of the room.
Massing: Stems from Emphasis which is a Principle of Design. Massing is a grouping of similar objects. I hope you can see the massing of MANY taxidermy deer heads on the wall. Hello? A bit much in my opinion. (picture actually extended into another page...that's a lot of death in one room ;-p)
Small Curved: Lines are an Element of Design. In this picture the archway above the bed has a small curve.
Stylized Pattern: An Element of Design. The blue color in the upholstered dinning room chairs matches the blue in the area rug below. The wood cabinetry matches the wood color in the ceiling. The curve of the chair legs is seen in the ceiling with the curve of the beams. The overall pattern in the this room flows with one another making this room stylized.
Most designs are going to be made of more than one principle and element of design. You probably can't see this picture very well but there are several principles and elements found in this room. The beams in the ceiling show off some horizontal lines making the room look wider and taller. The exposed rock and brick walls have a naturalistic pattern and the wall art in the center has an isolated emphasis for that wall. If the quality of this picture were better I could show you some more principles and elements.
I hope you enjoyed my project. I don't know what my grade for it is yet....but it better be a juicy "A" for all I went through getting it done.