Some time ago (over a year ago – that’s like seven years to us younguns), I wrote a thousand words or so musing on how the level of detail and dark elements in a room determines the mood, or feel, of a room, depending on whether it focuses in the bottom third of the room, the upper third, the centre, or a mixture. (I should have been working at the time.) Here’s the crux of it, copied and pasted.
Single-storey rooms have three different levels, the occupation of which (and the colours therein) affect the mood the room projects. Firstly, a look at low-level rooms: Neutral shades in the above room create an instant relaxed feel, but it is the placement of all dark elements and details in the room which creates its loungey atmosphere. The room’s ‘weight’, or centre of mass, lies low, at the bottom of the room. The effect is low, soft, spread out – a room you could fall asleep in, complete with fluffy cushions and candles. The texture on the walls contributes to the hazy, dreamy, cloud-like feel. This middle-weighted room has a perfect light-dark balance and is very crisp and clean, making it a perfect choice for a dining room – it would keep you pleasantly alert. Lastly, a high-level room: Here, the room is light and neutral again, but there is a strong focus on dark colours higher up in the room, making it an ideal study – such a high-weighted room generates strong focus, and simply looking up at the pictures seems to stir the creative mind. Sinking downwards into sleep; rising upwards into consciousness.