Monday, March 5, 2012

Be Inspired No. 29 - Venice Carnevale

Several years ago I was part of the design of a Venetian-inspired bedroom, which was inspired by the Venetian Carnival fabric from Scalamandre.

I also used the blue background version of this pattern as a wallpaper for a powder room that turned out to look like a discovered jewel box.

The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival starts 58 days before Easter and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) the day before Ash Wednesday.

Have you ever wondered about the history of the amazing Venetian masks? While mask designs were originally influenced by theater masks, especially the Commedia dell'arte, they did actually have a real-world use. Amazingly, their prevalence in Venice stems from a long-held tradition of people wearing masks to disguise their social status and to experience life anonymously.

I think this tradition and history can inspire design for a room from many aspects. Here's my translation of Venetian masks transformed into room decor.

Venetian Mask Inspiration No. 1

Room Translation No. 1

An inspiration can be as simple and clean as you like. I selected this room because of its architectural elements at the fireplace which compliment Venice, the color palette of oranges, as well as the patterned rug.

This translation is a bit more literal. The fantastic silk draperies with the matching walls, the mirror, and lighting that creates that glow.

Venetian Mask Inspiration No. 2

Room Translation No. 2

Loving this translation. Notice the black painted door and window frames and light fixtures, the floor pattern, and the shape of the benches.

Loving the play on ornate and clean palette.

Venetian Mask Inspiration No. 3

Room Translation No. 3

This room makes you feel that the view is of the Venice streets.

Loving the play on carnival with the bed canopy

Image and Content Source: Wikipedia, Tour Italy Now, Elle Decor, Miles Redd, Notting Hill, Thomas Pheasant, House Beautiful, Apartment Therapy

1 comment:

  1. wonderfully inspiring photos! speaking of inspiration...I used your blog in mine...about pillows..thanks!


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