While some people have an innate sense of scale and proportion when it comes to furnishing a room, most of us could use a little help, which is the reason most professional interior designers and architects carry tape measures with them at all times. At Emery & Associates we usually start with scaled floor plans, and then go on to develop the the rest of the space, adding color, texture, furnishings, and art to make a harmonious, finished whole. The example below is a very large master bedroom, roughly 16 feet square, with eleven foot ceilings, in the penthouse at Tanner Place in the Pearl District.
This beautiful room resulted from taking note of the generous proportions of the room, and searching for furnishings that would be in proper scale with each other and with the size of the room. When my clients first looked at this condo, they took photos of the rooms with the previous owner’s furnishings. BEFORE:
The queen-sized four-poster bed and delicate night stands belonging to the previous owner are dwarfed in this space. I told my clients that they needed a king-sized bed, with large chests on either side, as standard-sized night stands would be out of proportion with the size of the room. So we installed a bed with a six-foot-high, fully-upholstered headboard and proportional footboard. And when I say “we,” I mean the excellent delivery crew from Parker Furniture.
Standard-sized night stands would be out of proportion with the size of the room, so I found oversized chests that measure four feet wide by three feet high to flank the bed.
The mirrors above the chests are each five feet high by 41″ wide, reflecting back the views of downtown Portland from outside the condo windows. Bed, chests, and mirrors by Hickory Chair Furniture through Parker Furniture.
Draperies mounted just below the crown molding emphasize the high ceilings, and add color and pattern to the room. Since the clients wanted to keep the lemon-yellow broadloom carpeting and walls, I thought the cool grey/spa blue tones in the fabrics worked as a perfect complement to the warm walls and floor.
Proper proportion and scale are essential design principles. If you’re not sure about how these principles apply, or if you want to learn more about the elements of design, contact Emery & Associates. We would love to hear from you.