1. Break up space into 3 parts
The rectangular space is divided into: a living room area, a dining on the right, and on the left side corner is what I would describe as a small exploration area, because of the telescope. Versus the bottom image, which consist of one big space.
2. Blend elements of old and new to introduce time into space
Brick walls, wood beams, a stainless steel sink, a modern counter top, clean lines, white walls, and dark wood floors gives this space an old, but modern feeling.
When the left side of this picture is covered the kitchen is modern because of the clean lines and the use of white on the counters, the stairs, and even on the wall of the stairs. Cover the right side and it exudes a 15th century look to the space. The use of bricks dates all the way back to 7000 B.C. which I feel is a perfect material to use on interiors and exteriors that want an old feel to their homes/buildings.
3. Use light and color to accent any space
The lighting in this image appears very soft even though there are several different types illuminating the space. Also it appears soft because of the light colors white and beige.
One big light source can sometimes feel really bright, but with this lighting and the use of a darker shades of beige, this space feels warm and inviting.
4. Frame nature into a designed space
Incorporating nature in interior space and furniture. Nature is all around us and it never goes out of style.
5. Repetition of elements help define space
The repeating elements in this picture is the use of wood throughout the space such as the light fixture, the chairs, ceiling, and the frames of the large glass window.
6. Arrange hierarchy in space