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Let us review the characteristics of the open space together and let the wonderful Viero decoratives help us to customize it.


Living in an open space is an increasingly popular opportunity nowadays as we are witnessing the frequent conversion for private use of industrial spaces, both post-war and even pre-war, from the beginning of the 20th century, which certainly have a special charm; they are much larger areas than those of a normal flat and for this reason, also more difficult to plan.

If it is not about a former factory or warehouse, even large flats, where several spaces are united by pulling down walls, can present a designing challenge of an open space.

In any case, very large spaces, both in terms of surface area and often in terms of height, frequently require, in order to make the best use of space, the design of mezzanines and internal partitions (e.g. to isolate facilities) even while maintaining the living area as a single open space.

How can the use of colour help us in this particular context?



Colour is the most effective method for enhancing architectural qualities and re-proportioning spaces: in open spaces it is the main choice at our disposal for enhancing any changes of spaces, the presence of internal partitions or mezzanines; moreover, in the living area of open spaces, which houses several functions such as the kitchen, dining area, TV relaxation area and often also a “home-office” work area, changes of colour on the walls and on the furniture elements are fundamental for keeping all these areas distinct, even if there is visual continuity between these functions.
In fact, if we use the same colour finishes throughout the open space, the whole will seem banal and flat, if instead we design plays of chiaroscuro or juxtapositions between neutral and coloured areas we make the most of the available space.

A horizontal change of colour can help to better regularize the environment by separating the lower part from the double-height part. Conversely, if a double-height wall is important because it provides a backdrop for a fireplace, the sofa area or the dining area, treating it vertically all in the same finish will give it a considerable boost and make it a protagonist, for example with CLEVSIN or MOON CRATERS



Another way in which the chosen finishes can enhance the architectural elements in an open space is where there are regular partitions, such as supporting pillars or arches or even columns or mouldings between windows, which are usually quite wide and positioned at regular distances in lofts, for example. The pace of colour also helps in the opposite situation where, on the contrary, there may be changes in height or single-height parts of the room that then change to double-height areas.



A concept that can serve as a guide to make colour choices easier is the following; everything that is coloured is seen first, everything that is neutral and everything that is dark is usually more significant than everything that is bright.
Any decorative effect that makes a wall textural and muted will be seen first; it is therefore advisable to reserve these effects for certain important and well-designed areas e.g. the hood of a fireplace, the background of a sofa, the balustrade of a mezzanine.

When our open space is a former industrial space, moreover, in order to enhance it, we often choose to leave the previous finishes visible, whether it be the clay bricks of the pillars or cast-iron girders or even exposed concrete walls or beams: all these finishes already have a visual relevance so at least in their vicinity it is advisable to choose more uniform decorative finishes such as silk texture
In these cases then the colours should match the existing materials: for example with brick some suitable finishes are: light neutral, or CONCRETE B  for those who like an industrial style.
Concrete, on the other hand, can be warmed up with red tones from OSSIDATO RUSTEN to the burnt browns of VELATHRI


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Where, on the other hand, walls are too wide and high, or poorly furnished, the ideal area can include highly decorative finishes including metallic pigments or gilding such as ALLURE GOLD.


In this case, if we want to reduce the height, we will dedicate the painted part to the lower part of the wall. If, on the other hand, we want to reduce the width, we will divide the wall into several areas from top to bottom, decorating some of them and leaving the others plain, for example with the delicate tones of MARMORIN.

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