Now that we've schooled you in some of the benefits of Interior Design we can begin to talk more specifics of the art of bringing together a space and how you can adapt this to your own life!
The Art of Space Planning
Let's talk about about the flow of your space. This is an important area of Interior Design to make the best of every area, creating a rhythm between different elements throughout your home or office. You should be able to move & flow through your space effortlessly. This also goes for visual flow, too much going on distracts the eye and makes for a "mish-mash" look.
What to consider when you're planning your space...
Traffic: Taking into account measurements and how the space will be used to best organize the design. For example, The relation of your kitchen appliances may not seem like a big deal but if you get it wrong it can be pretty annoying. The right placement will be more efficient and look better!
Function: Who will be using the space, and what will they be using it for? These answers will determine special considerations necessary to enjoy the space, ie. acoustics, lighting, furniture and more!
The big picture: Mix up the scale, patterns, textures, and colours throughout the space to keep it visually stimulating. A little variety will also make for an exciting place to entertain.
Declutter your life: Increase your productivity with a well organized space. Your time is valuable so if you find you just can't commit to getting organized, hire someone! The investment in your life will pay off big time.
A little design magic
Just like in the fashion world, Interior Designers use visual tricks to boost the look of a space. Perfect placement of patterns, colours, light, and form can help make a space feel larger and more inviting. A large mirror can create depth and help light filter through a space, while the right paint color can make a space feel larger and more open.
How colour choices affect us
It's good to know a little about colour theory when making paint colour selections as they will actually affect our everyday lives. It has been proven that color influences our emotions in a big way! A soft sage green can create a calming effect while some shades of blue can promote concentration. Colour is the main connection to our world, it shapes how we experience our surroundings.
Here are a few examples of what certain colours mean...
Red: Symbolizes power and passion. It can be used to warm up spaces and make them feel more intimate.
Yellow: Associated with happiness, creation, and creativity. It works well in combination with a calming neutral and in rooms with lots of natural light to create a peaceful environment.
Gray: Gives a sense of relaxation and serenity. Use gray in spaces like home offices or bathrooms.
White: Relates a sense of cleanliness and purity. It is great for defining a space, but use white in conjunction with other colours since too much reads as sterile.
Blue: brings a calming feeling of serenity and is great for bathrooms or living rooms. But darkblue can evoke feelings of sadness, so you might want to refrain from using it as a main colour in a room
Try the 60-30-10 rule when it comes to picking your colors
When you choose which colours to include in your interior, three picks are better than one. Choose a neutral for the largest items like walls and flooring (60), a calmer colour for furniture and other sturdy items (30). Then, pick a third more dramatic colour to pop in your statement accessories and décor (10).