Unlike this client, I like a bit of theatrics in an interior. If “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” then we should be treading these earthly boards with some fine stage settings. I’ve found that parts of any interior (often those that range from minor to mundane function) can be used to great dramatic effect. Consider big blank walls, hallways, doorways – all dull devices waiting for a bit of showmanship. A bit of clever makeup and spotlighting on any of one of these areas can turn a wallflower into a full-fledged diva. Over-scaled devices, broad strokes and unexpected flourishes are the hallmarks of grand stagecraft – we can and should learn to use the tools of our fellow set designers and decorators.
Part of our role as architect and interior designer is to make the inhabitants of our buildings look and feel their very best. It’s been proven environment can dramatically affect emotional stability and health. So, if we can successfully paint nourishing, life-affirming and elevated backdrops for our daily performances, how much better will the show turn out?
Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley
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