Today, I will break down what interior design really is. I can assure you it is not what HGTV has made it appear to be. Intеriоr dеѕign iѕ thе аrt оf еnhаnсing intеriоrѕ, аlѕо including the еxtеriоr, to асhiеvе аѕtаtiсаllу рlеаding еnvirоnmеnt fоr thе uѕеr. And аlѕо we саn ѕау it iѕ thе рrосеѕѕ оf shaping the еxреriеnсе of interior space, thе manipulation оf ѕраtiаl vоlumе аѕ well аѕ ѕurfасе treatment fоr the bеttеrmеnt оf humаn funсtiоnаlitу. An interior dеѕignеr has рlаnѕ, researches, coordinates аnd mаnаgеѕ projects. In intеriоr dеѕign, thеrе аrе mуriаd fасtоrѕ to think аbоut but thе mоѕt imроrtаnt decision tо mаkе iѕ whаt kind оf аtmоѕрhеrе ѕhоuld be аffесtеd. A gооd intеriоr dеѕignеr will bе аblе tо mаkе аll aspects оf design wоrk tоgеthеr in оrdеr tо сrеаtе a соhеѕivе fееl that subscribes tо a certain tоnе оr аtmоѕрhеrе. Elements to be considered in Interior Dеѕign.
Sрасе iѕ one оf thе most important раrtѕ of intеriоr dеѕign. Space асtѕ as a fоundаtiоn оn which thе еntirе interior design рlаn iѕ built. Hеnсе it is еѕѕеntiаl thаt thе designer iѕ wеll aware оf thе ѕрасе аvаilаblе, its dimеnѕiоnѕ and itѕ utilitiеѕ.
Linеѕ аrе broadly саtеgоrizеd intо thrее types - Hоrizоntаl, Vеrtiсаl аnd Dynamic. Whеrеаѕ hоrizоntаl lines аdоrn ѕtruсturеѕ likеѕ tаblеѕ, сhаirѕ аnd beds, vеrtiсаl lines may be fоund оn windоwѕ аnd dооrwауѕ whilе hоrizоntаl lines аdd a ѕаfе аnd secure fееling to thе space, vertical lines emote free аnd еxраnѕivе nаturе. Dynamic оr angular linеѕ, thаt аrе асtiоn оriеntеd add drama and mау be ѕееn on structures likе ѕtаirѕ.
Fоrmѕ mеаn ѕhареѕ in gеnеrаl, аn outline of any three dimensional оbjесt in the ѕрасе. Forms may bе created bу combining twо оr mоrе shapes and might bе ассеntuаtеd with thе аѕѕiѕtаnсе оf diffеrеnt elements likе tеxturе, patterns аnd соlоrѕ. Light iѕ оnе of thе mоѕt оbviоuѕ еlеmеntѕ оf interior design. Eithеr natural or artificial, withоut light оthеr еlеmеntѕ namely color, tеxturе and раttеrn hаvе nо ѕignifiсаnсе аt аll. Light ѕеtѕ in the mооd and аmbiеnсе intо a living space аnd highlightѕ thе every оthеr еlеmеnt inсluding ѕрасе, linе and fоrmѕ.
Cоlоrѕ dоn't nееd аnу ѕресiаl introduction. Colors еѕtаbliѕh аn аеѕthеtiс аffiliаtiоn between оbjесtѕ аnd ѕеt thе mооd. Cоlоrѕ must bе сhоѕеn based оn thе рѕусhоlоgу аnd the mindѕеt оf thе dwеllеr. As аn еxаmрlе, rеd iѕ a superb сhоiсе fоr dining аrеа аѕ it encourages арреtitе and grееn fоr bedroom as it is thе color оf tranquility аnd hеаlth. Every color has thrее diѕtinсt characteristics nаmеlу Huе, Vаluе аnd Intеnѕitу, аnd аn interior designer muѕt be wеll аwаrе of thеѕе characteristics tо реrfоrm vаriоuѕ реrmutаtiоnѕ аnd combinations. Cоlоrѕ аrе broadly classified into two саtеgоriеѕ: Primаrу аnd Sесоndаrу colors.
Tеxturе mаinlу dеаlѕ with surfaces аnd dеtеrminеѕ hоw a tурiсаl ѕurfасе looks and fееlѕ. Texture adds depth and intеrеѕt intо room аnd defines thе feel/appearance аnd соnѕiѕtеnсу of a surface. Tеxturе iѕ brоаdlу classified into twо tуреѕ - Viѕuаl Tеxturе whеrе thе tеxturе iѕ оnlу visible аnd Actual Tеxturе where thе tеxturе is bоth ѕееn аnd fеlt. Anуthing thаt hаѕ tо dо with tеxtilеѕ ѕuсh as рillоw соvеrs, bеd spreads оr аnуthing to do with соvеrѕ like drapes, wаll paint or wallpapers hаvе a tеxturе.
Pаttеrnѕ аdd intеrеѕt аnd lifе tо intеriоr dеѕign аnd work аlоng with соlоrѕ. Pаttеrnѕ tеll a ѕtоrу оf thеir own аnd аdd thе еlеmеntѕ of continuity and smooth transition in a room. Patterns соuld bе оf аnу shape аnd mоѕtlу соmрriѕе of аttrасtivе and rереtitivе designs.
Did you know that enhancing the Chi (energy) in your home really isn't a mystical thing? No really, I based my entire time in design school focused on the subject of feng shui, and it can play a big part when it comes to you and your relationship with your space.
So before I give you my top feng shui tips, you need to really understand feng shui and remove any negative stigmas you may have about it.
Feng Shui transforms your space to enhance your life. If your energy feels blocked or you want to change course, Feng Shui has the answers. The other thing I explain to my Client's who use my feng shui services is do not be intimidated by the rules..or I like to refer to them more as tools.
So let's go over my top 5 Feng Shui Tips-
1. Clear out your entryway.
Let the chi (energy) flow right into your home and life by ridding your home’s front entry of obstacles. This also makes guests feel uneasy and anxious when walking through your door. Remove such things as looming plants or vines, old newspapers, bikes, and toys in your front path may limit the amount of energy entering your home. Clear out anything behind your door for even more benefits.
2. Position your bed to feel safe, loved, and great. Place your bed in the Command Position (this is a term used in feng shui and is the most auspicious where you feel the most supported) of your bedroom. This spot is the one farthest from the door but where you’re still able to see the doorway and anyone approaching while you’re lying in the bed. Placing your bed in the Commanding Position allows you to be stronger, calmer, and in charge.
3. Cut the Clutter
Remove unnecessary kitchen gadgets from on top of the counters. Also place children's toys in bins and use shelving wisely.
4. Throw out broken items
Replace blown light bulbs, throw out broken items, and be ruthless with items that you haven’t used or worn in the last 12 months...get rid of the stuff!!! If there are repairs that need to be done around the house, fix them!
5. Don't block windows
This is probably my BIGGEST design pet peeve. Windows and doors help energy flow freely in and out of your home. Don’t place large furniture in front of windows. This allows light to enter your room and look more spacious, as well as keep the feng shui in your room flowing.
What do you find helps you when your trying to balance the energy in your home? Share your feng shui tips!
Personal decorating style: Eclectic. I love mixing many styles to create a cozy and inviting vibe. I want people to feel welcomed when they walk in.
Prized possessions: Artwork that I've collected while traveling. Every town I visit you'll find me in a local gallery or shop picking artwork- my personal more expensive kind of "souvenir". Most of the time it's pottery, statement pieces.
Designer who inspires her: Elsie De Wolfe. She was wild for her time, in every sense of the word. her attitude, her style, and her designs. She had it all. The best clients,
The best- best- best! but, she hadn't found the love of her LIFE- that could give her- LOVE or in lieu of that detail, the House of her DREAMS! So she did it her damn self!
Color she couldn’t design without: Gray is such a perfect neutral for mixing in any other colors. It takes on a different life every time you pair it with something new.
Design element she loves to incorporate into a space: Cowhide. It’s my signature move in most spaces I design. The texture element will hide just about anything you throw at it, and the pattern is neutral enough that I can easily mix it with different patterns in the room’s other textiles. It can be classy, rustic, eclectic...it just goes with anything!
Cool design trend of the moment: Driftwood and gold. The gray/light-brown wood look that is so hot right now falls right in line with my design tip of buying things that are already the color of dirt and dust.
Favorite rooms to design: My specialty is designing authentic spaces that bring families together. The design and décor of a room will inevitably influence the way a family interacts, so there’s nothing more fulfilling than helping families get the most out of their space so they can spend more time together having fun, but most of all having it reflect them- not some cookie cutter bullshit out of a magazine. Boring!
I was excited to hear about authentic design taking place in the corporate world, AKA commercial spaces. It seems as though for decades we’ve stuck to the traditional modern mid-century design in commercial spaces.
n order to stay competitive with millennials, the more authentic approach to our workspaces seems to be what they’re yearning for. Designer Brigette Preston said it best, in a recent article for WorkDesign Magazine.
“This generation wants a career that offers a sense of purpose and contributes to the greater good. Given this reality, workplace designers should consider how the workspace can embody these goals and how they can visually be represented in the space.”
I love this; as we have too seen an increase in our own Clients who hire as for commercial space design. It is important for them as well, in wanting to keep this concept in order to make their clients feel welcome and employees feel more productive in their space. As these younger Generations enter the workforce, we see the importance of authentic inspired design in our work spaces, a shift from what we’ve seen in the past. Moving away from the contemporary modern design, often leaving people feeling cold when entering; I’m excited to see elements with a wood floors, stone accents, warm colors, and plant-inspired materials — leveraging a palette that leads to positive biophilic responses.
In 2015, interior designers worldwide, okay- maybe not the designers….let’s start over. In 2015, our media decided that ‘Individuality’ was the new trend in interior design. Who decides this stuff anyways? Seriously, who decides what the latest trends are….I’ve alays wondered that. Not because I follow trends, quite the opposite. It just seems…. Odd. Well, at least to me that seems odd- the concept of the media decides something, for all of us.
I’ve always thought that interior design should always reflect individuality, however, at some point society decided that was wrong- and it is far more important to follow trends, keep up with the Jones’, and replicate every Pintrest photo that inspires you.
Here are some examples of great designers like myself, who feel as though individuality never went out of style.
David Obel Rosenkvist
I want to ask my readers, what’s more important to you- a home that reflects changing trends -or- a home that reflects YOU?
What do Handmade, Minimalistic, Rustic Utilitarian, and even the New Antiquarian Movement, design styles have in common? Each one of these styles at their core represents: authenticity. Whether it’s a vintage chair, still encased in it’s bright yellow fabric, or a beautiful accent table, carved from locally sourced, and sanded by hand, or just a beautiful piece of linen, woven in small batches, and sewn into pillowcases. There’s something beautiful about a piece that has meaning rather than a mass manufactured item that is available at the click of a button. Those special pieces we have in our home, you know, the ones passed down from generation to generation they are personal and intimate. Or maybe they are things left behind or forgotten by loved ones, updated perhaps. Sometimes those pieces require some effort on getting to the heart of the piece itself. Maybe it requires ripping up all the carpet in your home only to uncover the rich vintage oak floors hidden underneath, or making a quilt from the your children’s baby clothes you’ve saved for 20 years. There may be challenges and setbacks that you have to overcome; time you won’t get back. But in the end, the reward of sourcing and creating, restoring and rebuilding, leaves a satisfaction that just can’t be had by any other way. Sometimes these sentimental things we incorporate in our space mean more than the $3,000 Ethan Allen sofa you just splurged on. While they are all things you can touch, these authentic heirlooms are a story you can tell. It was created with thought and care. It’s real. It’s AUTHENTIC.
What pieces do you have in your home, that have meaning and share a story?
Having worked in the new home industry for 10 years, if there was something I noticed over and over agin when looking at the floor plans of the homes I sold- poor use of space The layouts were not designed properly.
Once I moved over to the interior design side of things, I could help my Client's who were building new homes much easier when it came down to this big issue. Keep in mind not all home builders are the same, and not all are going to make structural changes, but if you are building a custom or even semi custom home, knowing this design mistake ahead of time will save you from a lot of headaches down the road.
This will provide flexibility for entertaining. Place the kitchen and the living at opposite ends of the entire space for noise buffering, while keeping the openness of vision.
Something I talk a lot about with my Clients is how they start each and every day. Sometimes this is the catalyst of what will go right…and wrong for the rest of the day. It is important to be mindful of this each and every day you wake up. It is also important to practice these daily habits, so they eventually become part of your routine- just like brushing your teeth.
So to start this week fresh, I am giving you, YES, giving you one of my daily morning power start programs for FREE!!! Try it out for a week, let me know how things change for you!
The first thing I want my Client’s to do is ask themselves, what rituals and routines support their creative flow. From roughly 7am-9am my Morning Power Start Program happens. This being said, the first thing I suggest- nix the alarm clock unless you absolutely need it. I’m a big proponent of giving my body the amount of sleep it naturally needs to function optimally, so I rarely use alarm clocks. Within the first hour of waking up, drink some green juice full of nutrients on an empty stomach. This gives you a great energy boost for the day. Next, meditate. Either thing will happen, a) quiets the mind, or b) allows you to access source. Followed with some journaling. At least 30 minutes. Even having a “Gratitude Journal”, can have a huge and positive impact on how you see & respond to things each day. Another big thing is turning off all electronics before bed and not turning them on until after your morning routine is finished….then it’s time to make the magic happen!
Sometimes making a small shift in how you start your day, can be the one thing that changes your entire life! Give it a try!
So what morning rituals do you have that help bring inspiration to your day?
Have you ever wondered what cool go-to apps an interior designer uses? No? I didn't think so...but I'm going to tell you anyways! 😁 Here are my 5 favorite design apps that anyone can use, even if you aren't a cool interior designer like me! 😉
Create colour palettes on the go with the myPANTONE app created by world-renowned colour experts Pantone. The app allows you to capture and extract colours from photos matching it to the closest Pantone colour, create and share inspiring colour schemes and you can even use it to calibrate your devices to colour-correct your display. www.pantone.com/studio
2. Benjamin Moore Color Capture
The Benjamin Moore Color Capture app allows you to take a photo of anything that inspires you and instantly find a Benjamin Moore paint colour to match it. www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/404
A professional grade angle measurement tool. tiltmeterapp.com/
4. Genius Scan+
Scan documents on the go and export them as JPEG or PDF. www.thegrizzlylabs.com/genius-scan
5. My Measure PRO
An app perfect for storing and sharing object dimensions. www.mymeasuresapp.com/
I'd love to get your feedback on these if you end up using them! Comment below!
What’s better than a life coach who is also an interior designer?
Let’s face it, a really well thought out space begins with your thoughts and your habits, continues with your relationships, and concludes within your environment.
Okay, let’s start with your thoughts. A great designer will help you uncover the core thoughts that work for you and against you. We then explore the opinions, beliefs, and interpretations that you hang on to that bog you down and bum you out? We’ll take a clear, simple, and swift approach to remove the thoughts that get you down and boost the thoughts that motivate you. It’s easy. You’ll feel better about yourself. Removing these negative thoughts help create a space where creative energy can flow.
We take a similar approach with habits and relationships, then visit your environment. By this point once we’ve addressed everything else, you now that you love who you are, what you do, and who you’re with…so I then ask you, “Do you love coming home? Or do you dread walking through your front door?”
Whatever your situation, aren’t you lucky that your life coach is also an interior designer?
Happy thoughts? Check. Good habits? Check. Great relationships? Check. Love coming home? Check.
Lifestyle By Design complete.
Let’s get started.
Author, Candance Toscano
"You can design the life of your dreams and acquire that luxurious, fulfilled and empowered lifestyle you know you have always wanted."