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How would you like to write your own interior design story? We’re all living a story – one that we created in our own head. The story is based on our experiences, histories, memories of our parents’ home, friends’ homes and on media influences.
Look around at your environment (home and work) and ask yourself: How do I want to live? You are the author of your own environment, and you need to write the story that suits you. Martha Beck, author of The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life, says, “Every living person has the power of authorship when it comes to composing our lives.”
Has the story you’ve written about your surroundings reflected your taste and selections? Do you feel you’re living in an environment that speaks of you?
Here are some things to consider:
- Do you prefer comfort or style?
- What colors or shapes are you attracted to?
- Does contrast or monochromatic suit your needs?
- Do you like drama or a softer look?
- Does large scale or small fit your needs?
- Is there a particular theme you like?
- What is your favorite style of furniture?
- What scents appeal to you?
- What textures do you like to touch or see?
- Do you prefer silence or do you like the sound of running water or music playing?
- Which of the above have you already incorporated into your present environment and which would you like to bring in?
Did you answer the previous questions from a place inside yourself or do your answers reflect someone else’s choices? Do your answers describe your current home?
Next, take some pictures of your home/office and see if it looks like what you wrote.
- Does the story match your surroundings?
- If so, are you satisfied to leave it as it is?
- If not, what are the differences? Why is it different?
- Are there things you can easily change or does it require an overhaul?
It’s particularly surprising when you compare the pictures to what you thought you had in your living space. The spaces may look different. Things that were important suddenly aren’t. You might even discover some things you didn’t even notice have become visible.
Now, rewrite your story as you would like it to be. Be honest. Honesty will get you what you want. Mention the things that are important to you and the things about which you have changed your mind.
Often we feel that we cannot have what we want. When we let go of the “shoulds” and “fears” of decorating, we feel free to express ourselves through our design choices. It is then that we find ourselves living in a place (of authenticity) that really feels like home.
Redecorating isn’t the objective here – it is making sure that the pieces you have chosen to surround yourself represent who you are.
Remember, rooms have no feelings, you do!
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Speaking of metal, of course, leads us to the metal finishes on our plumbing fixtures as well as hardware such as pulls and knobs for our cabinets and fabulous lighting fixtures.
Very popular are the matte black and brushed gold fixtures right now. The matt finish can be a sharp contrast to shiny finishes in the room or a beautiful complement to other softer touches.
They can add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can even be the focus.
When setting your canvas for your home, it is not necessary to carry the same exact theme throughout. By adding other accents, you are creating interest and an individual personality to each room of your home. It is also far less boring and lets you entertain other styles and expand your taste and preferences.
When it comes to selecting furniture, the fashion has truly become an eclectic world. We select individual pieces rather than one style or period of furniture. Then combine them in a casual and interesting way expressing your personality.
We must create from our hearts and souls and surround ourselves with what we love, find beautiful and comfortable. Should’s and have to’s are being ignored. You the person are the focal point, not the room.
This is how you personalize your home. And be sure of the most important thing – do not bring anything into your home just because it is a trend. One of the reasons we have new things coming out every year is to select what speaks to you and to have fun creating change.
That is what I call the true “interior” design. Live with what you love and makes you happy. And remember, “rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
It’s fun looking through magazines, newspapers and stores for the latest and greatest in decorating and design trends and exploring for ourselves what would make us happy to live with in our personal spaces.
With that in mind, let’s peek into some of the choices being presented right now.
2017 is looking to be somewhat unpredictable and a boundary-pushing year for interiors.
Let’s start with your canvas. Walls today have color and lots of it. It could be as simple as painting all your walls to go with your color scheme or adding an accent color or two or three!
Then we have wallpaper which also adds color, texture and pattern. Wallpaper can be left by itself to make a statement or hung as a backdrop for wall art.
With its huge selection of patterns, textures and colors there is wallpaper for any décor. And it can be a strong voice in the room. So select your wall paper carefully for the message you want the room to convey.
A newer product to add lots more interest, dimension, texture and to bring in the unexpected, is dimensional wall coverings. This fabulously interesting and dramatic look could be made of wood, metal or the most unexpected natural and man-made materials. This rage is cut into different size pieces. These materials are perfect to update stone or outdated finishes on walls, by simply covering them up.
The colors and textures will come as complete surprises and express the unique and creative style of the home owner. They require less art hung on walls or can become the perfect backdrop for a particular piece of art.
The rest of the canvas lies in the flooring. The choices are abundant. Carpet today has taken a new form of styles, textures, patterns and colors.
Hard flooring has become almost endless in materials and combinations of materials. Tile that looks exactly like wood comes in all the colors and patterns of wood but is far less sensitive to wear.
The durable porcelain tiles of today are seen in all colors, finishes and textures too. They are used on floors, walls and even furniture and detailed in kitchen cabinets. Hard flooring becomes the perfect foundation for area rugs which also have become the rage.
Don’t forget some glitz and glitter for both carpets and tiles. Many have subtle and not so subtle metal accents. Making a design statement is in! Let’s call it a splash of the unexpected… and don’t ignore some whimsy. Why not smile in your home?
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A client called to tell me they had adopted a teenager from Kazakhstan a year earlier, and while becoming Americanized, their new son’s room had become a mess. He began collecting stuffed animals, miniature cars and miscellaneous mementos. They wanted him to have these things around him, yet the clutter and mess was overwhelming. I understood both the young man’s desire to be surrounded by his new possessions, and the feeling my clients had walking into his room.
Their son needed storage. Since he didn’t need much hanging space, I designed his closet with shelves for folded clothing and a minimal of hanging space. With his need for storage taken care of, I addressed how to frugally make the room look better. Since he was a teenager and in transition, I wanted to create something that he could enjoy now but would be flexible to grow with him.
We changed the paint color and created a backdrop for his pieces. They stood out, were visible and off the floor. I suggested his school colors of red, black and grey. The strong colors peeked through behind the many pieces he’d put on hanging shelves. Each wall was painted one of the three colors and we repeated his favorite color twice. Inexpensive shelves were painted in the opposite colors of the walls where they were to be placed, and hung from floor to ceiling. Some of the shelves were staggered and some placed evenly. His pieces were clustered into a collection.
My client was shocked after the project was over. Discussing this project with her son, she realized he was happy to begin releasing some of the “stuff” she thought he wanted to keep. This new experience created a discussion of what was still important to him and what he had already outgrown. His new family learned more about him and his life in his new country.
It was exciting for this family to begin sharing their feelings. This opportunity became a vehicle for a deeper understanding of him through his expression in his personal environment. This young man had already learned that rooms have no feelings, HE does!
Take time to fit in before diving in
I had the pleasure of doing a consultation for a new client that came to me through a magazine article. Touring the home, I had a strange feeling of disconnection between the home, the furnishings and the people. I learned they had just moved in a month earlier and were still getting used to their new surroundings.
The canvas of the house – the paint on the walls and the floor coverings – were chosen by the previous owner. The new family brought their furniture and accessories into the home. The two styles had no relationship to each other and didn’t work together.
The wife was aware of this and was anxious to get started making the changes necessary to express her style in her new home. She had a strong heritage which she expressed through her furniture and accessories. It was also very important for her to put her heart into her home.
Her husband had some different ideas that she believed were in conflict with hers. Fortunately, he was able to join us and we were able to work through the differences. He had also just moved into a new office and was feeling the discomfort of change there, too.
Although their styles were different, their goals were the same, and they both craved feeling the essence of their family that they wanted to create together in their new home. I call this 1+1=3. Joining two people with different tastes can result in an outcome that is unique and special for them.
Before giving suggestions, I needed a sense about how they each wanted to live. To my surprise, I found myself struggling and wondered why. After asking many questions, we all realized that they were not sure what they wanted or how they wanted to set up the home for their family and personal living.
After reviewing their options and design possibilities, I suggested they wait about three months from the time they moved into the house before making any decisions. Waiting would help determine how the house worked for them, what they liked best and what was missing. They were very relieved not to have to make any decisions when they did not feel ready to do so.
Most often, clients hate to hear that it’s best to wait. It can be the most difficult thing to do and it can also be the most rewarding. This way, you are sure to make decisions from a place of knowing and experience instead of having to guess as to the outcome. The results will be what you really need and want.
It takes time to come to understand a new environment and how you fit into it. Since each space affects us differently, we need to tune in to our sensitivities and reactions. Houses may not have feelings, yet they have a definite structure that dictates how to combine styles, colors, textures and shapes. We have to see how we relate and can function in those parameters. If we can’t, we have to look at why and see what changes have to be made to give us comfort and connection in our homes.
Remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!