Renovating the Western Riviera
Interior designer Blanche Garcia overcomes obstacles at the Western Riviera in Grand Lake, CO.
This project was more about tried and true Design and construction practices then it was about craft projects. So I want to share with you a fundamental Design principle that is a Designers secret. If you have been watching the show then you know that color plays a huge roll in my designs. This is because it’s the most inexpensive way for me to create the most impact. This is also because color allows me to direct your eyes to one place while keeping you from looking at another. The basic principle being that you highlight what you want seen and you shade or blend in what you want hid.
In room 6 at the Western Riviera I had more obstacles than positives to deal with. It’s a basic room but a relatively smallish space with standard height ceilings and no outstanding architectural qualities. I also had an adjoining door to the adjacent suite that I didn’t want the guest to focus on. So lets take the problems and solutions one by one.
Problem 1: A small room with no outstanding architectural quality.
This color added texture to the room but didn’t over power the space because it was broken up by the blond colored faux wood tile and beetle kill wood that I used as a chair rail throughout the space. It’s a Design myth that dark colors make a space appear smaller. When done properly and used with a contrasting element, it can actually make a space appear larger.
Problem 2: A basic ceiling height.
Problem 3: A connecting room suite door that I wanted the guest to not focus on.
Paint and color in general never ceases to amaze me, and the fun part is that if you make a mistake you can paint right over it!