Life should not be constrained to a single style. For Bai Win, the showroom is our laboratory, the experimental base that illuminates imagination and brings people new inspirations by fusing various styles.
The founder of Bai Win, Faye Angevine is excellent at blending modern and archaic elements and combining collections of different regions to fabricate unique fashion. People have the stereotype that antiques and modernism are two entirely different concepts so they are incompatible. On the contrary, with more enlightenment and more attempts, antiques can not only assimilate into your life but also elevate your taste.
This time, let’s look into Bai Win’s showroom and share how she decorated the corner.
Tip #1: It’s all about Composition
To arrange a space, we first have to decompose the configuration.
Every object in the space— from furniture and carpet to painting and vase — can be considered as a sole element. With the concept of chromatics and proportion and a final touch of lighting, people can easily construct an adorable life scene, even if dealing with different styles of elements.
Tip #2: Put in the useful furniture first
The useful furniture dominates the space, so it is always the first step to place the furniture pieces. Take this particular display corner, for example, we set a cypress opium bed and a pair of Ming-styled horseshoe back armchairs.
“I love the Ming-styled furniture pieces because their frames are concise and their shapes are elegant. The design is classic so the beauty never fades away as time goes by; the style is classic so the furniture itself can always fit in any space.”
Chairs with Dragon Medallion Back Splats
Dimension: 46*61*100 cm
Tip #3: Lay a carpet on the floor to highlight the furniture
We unfold a navy carpet on the floor to distinguish the furniture so the blue color can distinguish the opium bed from the dark wood floor. The coral-orange color echoes the wooden tone of the space.
Tip #4: Add some ornament to light up the space
The empty bed at the center seems monotonous.
To animate the scene, we add a few Lao woven cushions. The colors of gold and cardinal enrich the view and bring in an exotic vibe.
Tip #5: Hang paintings on the wall
On the blank wall, we hung a contemporary painting. The vivid colors of red and green can guide the sight to the focus on the center. On the sides of the wall are the wall screens of Chen-Chiao Bao, featuring the roles from The Dream of The Red Chamber. (P.S. The flower in the painting is poppy. It is interesting that the color and the theme both resonate with the opium bed.)
“I like to invite friends to my house. That’s why I bury Easter eggs in the space. Hope they can be found”
Reversed glass painted wall screen, birds and flowers
Period: Mid to late Ching
Dimension: 44.5*52*0.25 inch
Wood screen, paintings of women from The Dream of The Red Chamber, and 1 nude painted by Chen Chao Pao
Period: Mid 1800
Dimension: 34*67.5*0.75 inch
Tip #6: Make the most of accentuating color to build a graceful style
An over-colorful look may make your home gaudy, but a mono-color tone can be tedious.
Here’s our color scheme: 60% of brown as background color; 30% of red as theme color; 10% of green and gold as accentuating color. The 60-30-10 principle can help you organize a style of grace.