I was quite sure, that after the serious Sample Room blog post of last week, we needed something different. The world surrounding us is getting so serious, we need a bit a magic to give sparkle to our life. So I was thinking: lets go to the circus!
Applause !!!! for the clowns acrobats, trapeze acts, musicians, and all other stunt-oriented artists. I'm sure all of you went as a child to the circus. Hypnotized by one act, terrified by another, you thought this must be the greatest show on earth.
Take your seat, choose the best place to be sure not to miss anything.
The earliest modern circuses were performing in open air, from the late 18th century the circus were build as we know them these days, a centre ring with or without a stage, and surrounded by different types of seating. Maybe you have a special room to watch movies, some stripes, rounded seating and a touch of drama and some childhood memories will come back.
Use black, white and red as the perfect base. Bold motifs and geometrical shapes will give it a glamorous and eclectic look. Don't be afraid to use gold and other bold colors. Add a small chair as it would come out of a movie, it will be the center attraction in the room. Rounded shapes for sofas and armchairs will give something very inviting to the room. And they are very trendy now. Playful, a touch of humour, life does not always have to be serious. Ever dreamed of having an animal in the house but not possible because of working to much, traveling every month? A rug could be the perfect solution, care-free.
Attention, animals are coming on stage.
A variety of animals have been used since centuries in different acts. The type of animals used could vary from one circus to another, depending on the type of performance. Most common were elephants, tigers, horses, lions, and some more domestic animals such as cats and dogs. It started by showing exotic animals in a menagerie, they transported them all the way till North America. This goes back till the beginning of the 18th century. The circus, complete with all the animals would travel throughout the country on the newly built transcontinental railroads, to bring "the greatest show on earth" to every corner of the States. Now there are nationwide bans on using some or if not all animals in circuses in a lot of countries, which made that more circuses now are animal free. Cirque the Soleil is a good example that circus these days can still bring great entertainment.
The first true animals acts in the circus were equestrian acts, elephants and tigers were displayed soon after. In our mind circus will always be linked to animal acts, and will stay an inspiration for movies, kid's toys and why not to decorate the table. And not only for the small ones.
While working on this post the movie "Water for Elephants" came back to my mind. The movie gives you a good idea of how life at the circus could be. Showing the travels, working with animals, and a bit of romance for those who like to dream. There is more about the circus than the life under the spot lights.
The circus is a world on its own, nothing can replicate the wonders of the live circus. But we can bring a bit of the magic in our house.
- use stripes and geometrical motifs
- bold colors
- a touch of humour by adding an eclectic piece to the room. A small table, a rug, can be a cushion, table accessories
- make a statement in a small room such as entrance, powder room. You won't spend a lot of time there, but it will leave a big impact on your visitors.
don't forget: bring some magic this week!