How To: Fit A Playful Piece Into Your Home

103008-playful.jpgToday, surfing through the ATLA Flickr pool, we happened on Amy Rice's fuzzy ball chair (a few months ago we blogged her stenciled shed). Our first thought was "wow!" and we shared it with a friend, exclaiming how much we'd love to have it in our own home. Our friend was puzzled. How exactly would we fit something like this into our home? For all of you who are wondering the same thing (or have a piece that wish you could bring into your home), here's our thought process...

As with any piece of furniture, the first question is, do you love it? Then come a series of practical questions: Do you need it and would it be useful? Is it comfortable (because if it's not, if it's the wrong size for your body or it's too hard or too soft, you will never use it and you'll begin to resent its presence in your home). If you can answer "yes" to those questions and it's within your budget, we say, "go for it."

Taking this particular chair as an example, we love it. It's playful, inviting and colourful and we could easily see curling up for a long afternoon of reading "Twilight." It's such a strong piece (after all, it was designed for an exhibit), we know that the other pieces in a room would have to be equally strong but probably neutral and perhaps streamlined in order to balance it out. Modern or Mid-Century Modern would probably be the best foil for something this rococo (maybe a Saarinen side table next to it to hold a cup of tea?) but Modern Farm, with its strong rustic lines would also work. The chair's strong pinks and pops of yellow would form the cornerstone of our colour palette. Orange could come into play (for an analogous colour scheme) or we could bring in blue-green for a jolt. Suddenly, from one piece, a whole room's come together.

If you're not sure what your style is, and you've taken our one minute test hoping to figure it out and you're still stumped, this is a good way to start. Determine the pieces you love, then use them as a jumping off place and design your home around them.

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