Hidden depths of intrigue where once was empty space


Vintage Victorian painted table

What is it about empty space that makes us feel a little lost?  Yesterday my Christmas trees were taken and a sad feeling of emptiness replaces fairy lights and greenery.  Putting back the furniture isn’t cutting it and I need a lot more colour, depth and sparkle to bring this tired corner back to life.

I wave goodbye to the lovely man from Fleurtations who delivers and collects my trees each year and spy the perfect piece to colour this new blank canvas.  A painted blue Victorian dining table purchased from Acanthus sitting awkwardly in my hall.

I first fell in love with ornate Victoriana when I saw a turquoise desk with animal paws on Abigail Ahern’s blog.  Factory made pieces like this were very much the Ikea of their day, and once painted are an inexpensive way to add dramatic one off pieces to your home.  I’d planned to source and paint my own when I walked past Acanthus and saw the perfect blue green table in the window.  Only now 10 months later have I found the perfect place for it.

Setting a desk against floor to ceiling windows may seem odd, but layering furniture and plants in front of great views or mirrors adds depth and creates intrigue where previously all was plain to see. Great views in Edinburgh are ten a penny so make yours more interesting by partially obscuring it so guests are forced to explore your home and discover hidden treasures.  No-one’s curiosity is satisfied by settling for the obvious, so experiment with subtlety and avoid the low hanging fruit.

There’s something deeply unnerving about perfection and minimalist decorating.  Many of the people I know that live this way are hiding something dark that’s clearly screaming to get out.

Small rooms and corners may be the most difficult to decorate but from their challenge springs the most amazing spaces. Restriction forces you to layer things and automatically plays with scale.  We soon tire of shallow, transparent space, in the same way that we tire of shallow transparent people. There’s no question you’ll find it easier to relax in homes with depth and layering that envelops you with warmth and cosiness and invites you to explore the hidden wonder within.

Depth intrigues because it means a room or individual has something interesting to say.  Add layers of intrigue to your room, sit down, relax and listen.

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