Perfectly Paired: Urns!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

For me, symmetry is one of the most important elements of design! Too much and a room feels rigid and inorganic but too little and a space can be chaotic and overwhelming. Especially with accessories, I think a combination of pairs and non-matching collections is the key! One great trick is to pick a bold accessory (like urns!) to pair - either side by side or across the room, a pair of urns give a sense of order and proportion. Here are few of my favorite examples. . . The above image is from Mary McDonald's beautiful book Interiors: The Allure of Style - which I highly recommend! The yellow ceramics urns make a bright statement in an otherwise black and white space. I also adore the geometric painted floor! 

A pair of antique metal urns on concrete stands flank the fireplace. Also from Mary McDonald's  Interiors: The Allure of Style.

Designer Ashley Wittaker's light filled entry. The urns anchor the antique console table and add a great pop of color.

A pair of small stone and gilt bronze urns in a sophisticated library by designer Michael Smith.

Matching white urns draw the eyes up and give the room added height in a striking San Francisco dining room by Bilhuber and Associates.

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