People don’t realize how much of an effect their interior environments have on their everyday lives. When I design, I like to take into consideration the basic aspects of the person who lives or works within the space.
The experience of personal space transformation goes beyond simply reflecting a sense of personal style and flare. In communities where the average worker has very little disposable income, the very first thing they tend to invest in once their basic needs are met is in their clothing. Whether we are aware of the impetus or not, dressing a certain way imbues individuals with a sense of confidence and self-worth. Similarly, in communities where self-expression can flourish in the home, the process of pulling together a successful interior living space can fulfill a basic human need for expression and a feeling of security.
The beautiful thing about interior design is that everyone can, and should, be involved in the design of their own living and working space. It’s surprising how quickly you can make a room your own. Peaceful colors and intentional spectrum coordination, for example, can have a surprising effect on personal well-being. Sometimes adding a few little touches of color to a cream or neutral tone sofa is all you need to tie your room together with a personal touch.
You may choose a style of simplicity and straight lines, soft curves in graceful elegance, or a strongly stated motif. Expressing the result of these creative juices stimulates the emotions, and results in a sense of excitement about living in your space or sharing it with others. Make your home your sanctuary, a peaceful haven. Whether you make changes large or small to transform your personal environment, there is hope for your sanity in the new year!
Some simple changes can add pure joy to your life… and you do not have to pay a lot of money to get there! If you are on a strict budget and want change your room, you can try estate sales and second hand stores for little to nothing. Great finds are out there to be found!
If you prefer a professionally coordinated interior, whether for the benefit of professional space planning or a knowledge and experience with furniture and materials, just be sure to be involved in the process. Any designer you choose should welcome and be responsive to your input. Trust their judgement where you are unsure, but always own the process and be engaged in final design choices. This is your space, your mind, your life!
In this space, the sectional was separated, adding red tones to the already cream palette. Introduce a fun ottoman that also has a punch of fun texture or color. If you live near the water, you can add nautical tones of sand, sky or sea and corals – as in this case. I like mixing similar tones with complimentary textures and shapes. Above, the Ikat designs are coordinated with sea shells and multi-patterned fabric on a tufted ottoman. It is okay to mix different design styles as long as you keep the same tones.
Use what you have first! Dig up that heirloom hope chest or trunk from the attic. Find a sisal rug large enough to anchor your area; you can layer smaller rugs over sisal or carpeting to further define your space. Adding textures and styles are what makes your space unique and creative at the same time. Create conversation areas. And if at all possible, you want your guests to walk into your space rather than around the back of a sofa or other large piece of furniture.
In this master suite you instantly get a sense of soft tranquility. This effect is realized by simply utilizing fabric in hues of muted gold and soft blue in combination with natural textures. I like designing my own textiles and having my workroom complete my design. Custom does not have to mean a higher in price – but it always results in a unique look and style for your space.
The adjoining master seating area is “masterfully inviting” for that romantic handholding, intimate space.
Mirrors are a great way to reflect light into a room. One of the most popular combinations of mirrors is to repeat the same mirror along a single wall. If you use standing mirrors to achieve this, use three in an identical style and prop them against the wall rather than hanging. Faceted mirrors, as shown in the image above, are always a great choice and can create a vintage look that makes even the smallest space seem welcoming. A mirror like this would be perfect in an entry area.
I like using a lot of white and splashes of green – so crisp, clean and high-style living.
I love clean and enameled walls – combining floor colors, textures and angles to bring a sense of drama to your space. In this case a beautiful rug in gray tones, carefully selected gray silk drapes, and a round contemporary dining table in rich walnut tone. The chairs are upholstered in white leather and studs are in polished nickel. Can you see yourself entertaining in such a luxurious space? Remember, if you are changing from one flooring to another, compare and lock-in a set bid price. It will alleviate frustrations of added and uncertain costs. Also, go on vacation and leave the work to the professional you hired, allowing your designer to monitor the progress. Once you return your home will be ready for show and for living!
Cindy Montgomery, an award winning, National Designer Designing the Senses, LLC and Stage by Design, LLC – I could be designing in your neck of the woods, making your spaces livable and inviting, a peaceful sanctuary for you and your loved ones. We give free consultations for your design project. 877.388.SHOW (7469) or 612.226.8044