interior design: to produce a coordinated and harmonious whole in which the architecture, function, and visual aspects of the interior are unified, pleasing to mind & body, and appropriate to the activities to be pursued there. Design criteria include harmony of colour, texture, lighting, scale, and proportion. Furnishings must be in proportion to the space they occupy and to the needs and lifestyles of the residents.
Good design has a profound effect on people, even though many don’t realize it! Do you feel more comfortable in a doctors office with sterile white walls and fluorescent lighting OR a coffee shop with cozy couches, a fireplace and welcoming smells of coffee? Of course the coffee shop!
I have worked at a pediatric dental office for many years, the office is painted red, blue, yellow, orange, green…… A good majority of the patients that are seen here are kids who were referred by other dental offices because they refused to allow any dental treatment to be done on them, when they come to our office many of them are perfect angels! Their behavior is a combination of great people AND an interior that welcomes the kids the moment they walk in the door, they feel good there!
Good design is very tangible and obtainable. You could be sitting on a gorgeous couch, having a glass of wine in a beautful, newly renovated home of a friend. You may think that they spent a fortune on the space BUT that couch could have come from a thrift store. It’s all about the right facade; atmosphere; how the designs work together. Price doesn’t matter. Luxurious, wonderful interior designs do not have to be expensive and are not only for the wealthy to enjoy.
At the beginning, I made my way through staging my first fixer uppers(on a super-tight budget) with refinished hand-me-down furniture and thrift store steals, most people (including the buyers) wouldn’t have guessed! Potential buyers gave rave reviews on the interior design and staging of the homes. Today, I use a lot of the same things! Refinished pieces have so much character and save so much of your budget for other necessary expenses.