Same Room :: Different Looks :: Nothing subtle here...

If there is any doubt as to the power of styling,
I think these two rooms perfectly illustrate 
how influential it can be in creating atmosphere in an interior. 

Recognise the kitchen at the bottom?
It's from the house featured on my last post.
And the top kitchen?
It's the same room,
as it looked in 2010.

There are horses for courses, and neither is "wrong" or "right", of course,
with each appealing to different people. 
But for me,
the bottom kitchen is the dramatically glamorous one.
It makes me want to be in that space 
and start chopping up lemons for a margarita.

Again, the same room.

Same white walls, French doors, American oak chevron parquetry.
Look carefully: the fireplace is the same too. 
But what totally different spaces.
Simply by having curtains to diffuse the light,
(and therefore adding another layer of texture) 
very contrasting furniture, and of course that glorious bar,
the room in the second image has neatly delivered 
a more dramatic atmosphere.

And this time, it's the identical house next door,
sold recently,
with a totally different style of furnishing & design.
Yet it too, has the same white walls, parquet floor & fireplace.

Rather a fun glimpse isn't it?
Which one do you prefer?