If you're a design buff and haven't seen this image yet, you have most certainly been living under a rock (or aren't on social media, which is the 2020 equivalent of living under a rock). The design I'm analyzing today is none other than the beautiful bedroom sitting area that adorns Amber Lewis's new book cover.
This image has been making the rounds and for very good reason. Amber certainly has a penchant for making you feel a certain way when you look at her designs. I particularly study them for their calming effects because of what we know about how good design positively influences our mental health (check out my blog post on that here). In today's "Anatomy of a Design" post, I'm breaking down what makes this space the coziest thing you ever seen, while also being just so down-right-gosh-darn pleasing to the eyeballs. Let's go!
Four to five wood tones throughout - Amber is an absolute freaking wizard at combining wood tones. While the rest of us wander through antique stores and reject pieces we love because "they won't match the floors," Amber thinks "sure they will" and takes the plunge. I will forever and always be taking notes at this superpower of hers.
Black pots provide contrast and anchor the room - (Are they black pots, or are the brown? Either way...) These found vessels are one of the only darker elements in the space and yet they are adding an incredible amount of contrast and balance. It may seem crazy to highlight what seems like such a small detail but trust me; this detail is doing way more work than you think. Additionally, designers often like to group things in threes, and these two pots (paired with the mirror) create a ton of interest in an inconspicuously minimal way.
Exceptional use of greenery - Plants are a simple, useful element to add when you want a space to feel welcoming and relaxed. Mission accomplished.
Crystal as coffee table decor - I love this element because it shows the paired personalities of the homeowner and the designer. Not many designers choose to use crystals in their designs, and even fewer prescribe to their healing properties. I love that Amber uses these in her designs because it shows both her personality and the personality of the homeowner. We add a lot of "stuff" to a space, but if that stuff can treasured, cherished, and useful... all the better.
Calming effect of blue and pink color palette - this rug truly sets the tone for the space. Of everything in this room, this is the most standout piece to me. Rugs serve to provide warmth to a space and, in this case, this rug is doing just that and so much more.
Natural textures galore - Wood finishes, trees, crystals, and stone planters to name a few. Amber said "nuh-uh" when it came to adding anything to this room that was plastic, smooth and sleek. The result? An amazingly natural and earthy oasis we all wish we could call our own.
What do you think of this design? Is there anything that stands out to you that I missed? Let me know in the comments! And in the meantime, you can work your way toward achieving this look by shopping the links below. Thanks for reading!
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