IN ONE SPACE: PART 2
I scoured the library, the bookstores (on and
off line) and, unfortunately, I did not find examples of 1800’s interiors or saloons.
Nor did I find an example of a grand piano that was in a room with contrasting
furnishings. I did find two good online articles about eclectic
design. Here are
descriptions and links.
Styles, Old Gives New the Softer Look." This article discusses how to keep a
balanced look by watching color and lines.
- "Some Tips for
Pulling off the Eclectic Look." From the Holland Sentinel. This is an article
about how to succeed in combining objects, by utilizing a single unifying factor, such a
So, what to do about your specific situation? Perhaps your could use
lace, similar to what is hung over the mirror by the sideboard, to adore the piano? This
would tie the objects together. I am unsure of how this will work when the piano is open.
Perhaps you could use a lightweight material that could be folded and stored when the top
is up? Here are 3 suggestions for how to drape the fabric, (a) like a table runner, (b)
like a table cloth, or (c) as a fabric cut to the outline of the top, with finished edges.
I checked my Architectural Graphic Standards book for the dimensions of
a baby grand. It said the piano is 4’-5" deep, by 4’-7" wide.
(Architectural Graphic Standards is one of the best references for dimensions for interior
planning. I have provided links, below, to different editions reader’s can view
online.) Because of the size of the piano, and the limitations of fabric widths, here are
some ideas on materials that could be used, in addition to those you’d find in fabric
stores. (Susan, I know you probably have access to lace, locally. But, other reader’s
may have similar needs, and need resources.)
- As mentioned above, a ready-made tablecloth, or table runner.
- A drapery panel.
In closing, I hope I have answered your question, and given you some
ideas to work with.
Sincerely, Catherine McGivern,
Here are the links to Architectural Graphic Standards, I mentioned
above. There are three different editions:
Graphic Standards, 9th Edition, Hardcover, $210 (wow!)
Graphic Standards, Student Edition, 8th Edition, Paperback, $85
Graphic Standards for Architects, Engineers, Decorators, Builders and Draftsmen: A
reissue of the classic 1932 edition. Paperback, $49.95.
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Author: Catherine Foust McGivern, NCIDQ Certified, Principal