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Advice from the Frozen Fountain

The Frozen Fountain has many years’ experience in providing advice on interior design. We can help you with large or small projects, whether in a business or private setting. We have completed large-scale projects for example for NWB Bank, as well as furnishing all kinds of homes. Supervised by our adviser and curator Sophie de Vocht, we offer a range of advice including tailor-made work, styling, colour + light advice and complete interior designs.

Just drop in at our shop and ask for advice and we will make an appointment with you for a no-obligation consultation and visit to your home. This is all part of our service. We will the draw up an inventory of your wishes and select the advice package that best suits these wishes. Once you have given us the go-ahead, we will get to work! We will then work out a concept and discuss our advice with you, either at your home or in our shop. You can then decide whether you wish to implement the plans.

Interior design advice

A request for advice usually starts with a no-obligation visit to your home to explore the possibilities. Such a visit is all part of the service and is always followed up by an inventory of your wishes. 

The advice we give can range from a simple “service” advice – for example, a no-obligation visit to your home to help you pick materials for a piece of furniture you wish to purchase – to a request for the design, modification or renovation of an entire space.

There are many possibilities. We can draw up floor plans, give advice on colour + light and create mood boards.
To make our advice as complete as possible, we work with various partners. We can also accompany our clients to fabric suppliers, approach designers for tailor-made work, find the right carpenter or select an architect for a renovation project.

The Frozen Fountain has an extensive network of creatives ranging from designers and
illustrators to photographers and artists (for art assignments).

We look forward to working with you.

Colour advice

Colours have a great effect on us. It is possible to influence the way we experience a space by combining (or avoiding) specific colours. Colours are closely linked to our subconscious, which means using them in an interior setting can have a direct influence on the way we feel. In addition, colour has an aesthetic function, as well as supporting and reinforcing functionality. Every space and every environment needs its own concept. Colour can generate the desired atmosphere, support the character and purpose of a space and give direction. Good use of colour often makes a living space more personal, but particular colours can also create optical or atmospheric effects.

Making a space narrower

Painting the longer walls in the room a dark colour makes the space feel narrower.
Making a space wider

You can make a room seem wider by painting two opposite walls, one in a darker colour, the other lighter. This creates a broadening effect.
Making a space higher or lower



This effect can be achieved by using colour on a ceiling. A dark ceiling will make a space seem lower if the ceiling is low. If the ceiling is high, a dark colour will make it look even higher.
Making a room lighter


Soft pastel colours give an extra light look to spaces in your interior.

The Frozen Fountain has put together a few tips for working with colour:

Use

Using colour in your interior in the right way can change the way you experience a space.

Combining different colours can be approached in a number of ways:

Ton sur ton provides harmony, peace and quiet. The closer together the shades of colour, the more harmonious and subtle the result. This colour combination is ideal for making subtle nuances with colour in your interior.

Contrast is created by combining opposing or contrasting colours. Making use of such contrasting colour combinations allows the colours to reinforce one another. This creates a sense of action and tension.

Harmony is created by combining colours that are adjacent to one another on the colour wheel. This gives a harmonious result. Neutral tints are often combined to give a calming effect.

Colour and wallpaper

When we talk about colour, the first thing we think of in an interior is often a painted wall. However, it is also possible to create beautiful accents and play with colour using original wallpaper. Wallpaper can exude a charm and originality that even painted accent walls struggle to imitate.

Colour and materials

Atmosphere is determined by colour and materials. The structure of materials is the most tangible element in a space. Smooth or rough, hard or soft, polished or stressed, texture can make a space unique and inviting. An attractive space contains textures that cry out to be touched. The atmosphere in a space is also determined by the use of cool or warm textures. Working with different materials gives colour and depth to a space.

Colour and lighting

Which colours are best suited to a living space will depend on factors including the ingress of light, and the dimensions of the space. Colours can be reflected by the light entering the space. The brighter the colour, the more reflection will take place. Light reflects best from a bright, white surface. Dark colours absorb a lot of light; this can be compensated for by adjusting the levels of light, making the room seem smaller and more intimate. Drawing up a lighting plan demands an approach specifically tailored to the space. You can find information on this in a special brochure on lighting.

Colour plays an important role in our everyday lives. It can influence our mood, stimulate our senses and, to a considerable extent, determine whether we find something attractive or not. ‘Balance’ is crucial when making choices concerning colour. This involves bringing together a balanced range of characteristics to create a space. Below, you can see an impression of how shape, colour and materials can be

Lighting advice

Lighting has a great influence on how we experience our living space, how we use it and its atmosphere. Playing with different light sources and combining light, colour and shadow in different ways can have a great impact on a space. Different combinations of diffused, direct & indirect light can make a space seem larger, or more intimate. It is important to create a well-thought-out combination of accent lighting, general lighting and atmospheric lighting using a range of light sources.

We work on the basis of three types of lighting in your home: basic, task-oriented and atmospheric. Basic lighting is usually the central lighting in your home, providing comfortable lighting in the rooms. The right task-oriented lighting allows you to comfortably carry out tasks such as working or preparing food. The finishing touch is the placement of special, often freestanding lighting to create atmosphere.

The various spaces in your home each have their own specific requirements. A pleasant lighting plan consists of contrasts between lit areas and areas of shadow. Lighting at different levels contributes to a pleasantly illuminated space. We can advise you on how to achieve the desired effect through lighting, as well as on the appropriate amount of light for each space and the options for light fittings. 

Our lighting advice consists of a lighting plan and a proposal for appropriate fittings. We will indicate the areas to be lit on a floor plan, taking your lighting requirements in the various areas into consideration (for example, reading, preparing food or watching television). We will use light circles to show where light must be present in relation to these uses and give advice on the type of lighting.

For large-scale projects, we can call in our experienced lighting partners.

Wallpaper

Our wallpaper department has an extensive selection of wallpaper and wall coverings. The collection ranges from basic wallpaper to spectacular wall coverings, for example by Kristiana S. Williams. But there is more: for example, our cooperation with illustrator Yvonne Kroese, who makes exciting designs for walls for all kinds of spaces: government buildings, offices and restaurants, as well as for personal clients.

Curtains

We have chosen a different solution for curtains. The range of curtains on offer is large, varied and of a very high quality. Whatever selection we were to present could never be a just reflection of everything that’s available.

For this reason, we are happy to take you along to see for yourself at a number of fabric suppliers. This gives you a wide range of options within the feel and style you have chosen. We can then also help you with measuring up, ready-made products and hanging your curtains.

Re-upholstery

Sometimes, we want particular pieces of furniture to last longer than they can physically withstand: we are particularly attached to these pieces, or we are reluctant to throw furniture out. Fortunately, we can call on the services of an excellent upholsterer.

Send us a photo of the piece of furniture in question and its dimensions: total breadth, back height, seat height and depth. On the basis of this, we will be able to quote you a price. If you accept this, the furniture will be collected by the upholsterer. It may be that the piece also requires restoration. Our upholsterer can assess this in person.

Parquetry

The Frozen Fountain has a concept for parquet floors. We brought together parquet specialist Ben von Hebel and designer Roos Kalff; an ideal combination of craft and design. Ben knows all the effects of wood types, sawing, scent effects and varnishes and polishes. Roos is mad about geometric patterns and knows the perspective effects certain patters can create in a room.

We have six sample patterns on display in our shop. Of course you can order these, but they are mainly intended as examples of the patterns that can be created by Ben and Roos.

Ben von Hebel will discuss each floor on the basis of various visits to the location, and ensure expert finishing. See our price list for visits to create such a special design.

Would you like to make an appointment? We will be happy to arrange this for you.

Art assignments

The Frozen Fountain has built up a tradition when it comes to putting forward designers for the granting of art assignments. All of the art assignments and/or editions commissioned by us or by our clients have now been purchased by various museums or have been donated by several clients to a range of museums including the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

We will be happy to provide any advice you require in this area.