Eric Pike, the Content Director and editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Living magazine, looks at colour all day long. From vibrantly-hued fruits and vegetables to multi-layered patterns on fabric swatches, his eye rarely gets to rest. This is why Eric chose to surround himself with a palette of neutrals at home: pale grays and taupes, accentuated by light blues and warmed by wood tones. The first time I saw his apartment in the September, 2005, issue of Martha Stewart Living, I became greatly enamoured of his style.
SMALL-SPACE LESSONS FROM ERIC'S APARTMENT
Decorating a small space? I think Eric's apartment is the perfect example of how you can live on a smaller scale without sacrificing even a hint of elegance and grandeur. Below are five lessons we can all learn from Eric's decorating choices:
1. Small spaces do not have to be cluttered. Provided you invest some time to really consider where furniture should go, you can find a spot for just about anything.
2. Small spaces do not have to be dark. Eric chose a unifying, monochromatic scheme to keep his home looking cohesive, thereby making it feel larger. If each room had been painted a different shade, the effect would have looked fractured, accentuating the smallness of each room rather than the grandeur of the entire space.
3. Invest in light. The skylights in Eric's home bring natural light into the apartment where windows could not. To further assist the distribution of light, Eric uses a lot of reflective silver and mercury glass objects in his decorating scheme.
4. Think strategically. Every nook and cranny in Eric's home has a purpose: every alcove, every archway. Maximize space by finding it anywhere and everywhere and then work to seamlessly blend and conceal those spaces.
5. Know what you want to see when you walk through the door. Eric had a very clear vision of what his apartment should look and feel like. To give his eye a rest from the kaleidoscope of colour he looks at all day in photo spreads and prototypes, he chose a restful gray palette. Perhaps you need the opposite: a vibrant, colourful palette to perk you up after a day of paperwork and LCD screens. Assess your emotional needs, as well as the practical ones, and go from there.