Decorating with Obelisks in Mixed Materials
Posted May 1, 2015 |
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Obelisks are often made of mixed materials, but I especially look for the ones that have designs that use two contrasting materials to enhance a dominant color. This can include trims, geometric inlays, and other specimen marble designs.
Designer: Timothy Corrigan - Architectural Digest
One way to add a contrasting material is to place it at horizontally along the top and bottom of the plinth. The style above using black marble as the main material is enhanced by the contrast of white marble, making it stands out in the tableau.
Designer: Alexa Hampton
Designer Alexa Hampton employs a pair of obelisks on this wonderful desk design that use contrasting brown and cream marbles to wonderful effect.
Via Pinterest – A Wonderful Palmetto Life
The vertical trim on these obelisks adds an even more graphic design element. The black makes the cream marble stand out.
In the Hermes brothers Bordeaux home a pair of 18th-century obelisks stand ta the entrance to the dining room. They use a white marble trim to offset the green marble. Gorgeous!
These are two great examples of the style that uses trim to enhance the main marble color.
The green and white marble obelisk
looks a lot like the ones used by the Hermes brothers, but not nearly as big! - only 19 1.4 inches and perfect for a bookshelf, mantel or table.
The antique Grand Tour 'giallo antico' (ancient yellow) marble obelisk
is outlined with malachite. The malachite works so well with the beautiful warm yellow marble. 15.75 inches tall.
This pair of vintage sienna marble obelisks
have a classic black marble trim at the top and base of the plinth. Each stand 14 1/4 inches tall, and have a warmth as well as a graphic look that is both modern and classic at the same time.
The rich red marble obelisks
with black marble banding are also a neoclassical style. 16 3/4 inches tall. Red and black make such a chic color combination, and will pop anywhere they are placed!
Look for two marble colors, one enhancing the other, for a mixed classic and modern style!