Seeing the Big Picture

Seeing the Big Picture

How to see the big picture when you're designing a new room

It's easy for me to get lost in all of the details that must be decided on when designing a room. It's a hazard of the job.

That's why I love it when I come across something that reminds me of the big picture - like these etchings by Salomon Huerta. I saw them at my local art museum. (Love to the Nevada Museum of Art.)

Huerta has pared his portraits of these two Los Angeles homes and their landscaping down to their simplest shapes and colors. Huerta invites us to fully appreciate the asymmetrical shape of the Persian Blue House and counterbalancing trees in the foreground. His Vermillion House has all of the drama of a Gothic cathedral.

What do you see when you think of the room you're designing in terms of geometric shapes and blocks of color? What happens when you mentally strip off the surface materials and fixtures? How do you feel about the simple geometry of the room you're designing?

Untitled (Persian Blue House) 2004 by Salomon Huerta

Color Aquatint Etching, Untitled (Persian Blue House) 2004 by Salomon Huerta at the Nevada Museum of Art

Untitled (Vermillion House) by Salomon Huerta

Color Aquatint Etching, Untitled (Vermillion House) 2004 by Salomon Huerta at the Nevada Museum of Art


Jackie Lopey, Certified Interior Designer & founder of Wide Canvas
She didn't know it, but Jackie Lopey's days as an advertising executive were numbered when she bought and renovated a 1950's bungalow. She soon went back to school and started her own design studio. Jackie is an award-winning, certified interior designer and the founder of Wide Canvas, a kitchen and bath design studio in Reno, Nevada.

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