Lorenzo Castillo is a fabulous designer, and I love his use of decorative objects to give the room unique character. He leaves no surface undecorated, creating wonderful tableaux of objects, often including obelisks!
We so often think of obelisks in pairs sitting on either side of a mantel or a console table, but it seems more interesting to mix it up a bit! This grouping of obelisks is all of different heights and materials, which makes the decoration of the console table more intriguing. Add some greenery in a contrasting rounded shape for contrast. Perfection in design!
The design in this library is much more classically balanced. There are pairs of obelisks, urns, chairs etc.… surrounding the fireplace topped by the mirror and paintings. I like the use of the marble and brass obelisks which work so well with the other brass objects on the mantelpiece.
Inspired by Lorenzo Castillo, the coffee table is decorated by a grouping of obelisks – two marble pairs, and three single obelisks. The tallest is an antique Italian specimen marble obelisk on wonderful turtle mounts. The malachite-trimmed obelisk is also antique and Italian. There is a small Grand Tour obelisk with hieroglyphics and made of metal to add contrast to the scheme. The pairs are both Sienna and black marble, just used in different ways.
This picture makes you rethink scale. This large pair of white obelisks on the mantel would grab your attention as soon as you walk in to the room. They work well with the theme of red in the room, and add contrast that picks up the white in the wallpaper.
In thinking about color schemes, blue and white often comes to mind. It’s fresh, and both modern and traditional. Placed in this grouping is a pair of fabulous lapis lazuli obelisks, with a white marble obelisk (one of a pair) for contrast. Add a silver statue, and you have a nice mix of height and materials that Lorenzo Castillo does so well.
In this light and airy living room in the Dominican Republic, Lorenzo Castillo included a tall pair of black marble obelisks that add contrast in the mostly neutral room. The black marble picks up the black leather seats of the stools. He’s added some tall white orchids and a low green plant for more texture and interest.
We can take a lot of lessons from the decorating talents of Lorenzo Castillo! He mixes materials, textures and proportions in his decorative groupings. So when adding obelisks think height, color and style to create an impressive and eye catching tableau!