A home is more than a save heaven or a place to grow children and work. It expresses one’s identity and, if well designed, makes feel happy and healthy. Some best practices and concrete ideas shall help in achieving this.
Principles and elements of design
Contrary to intuition, a creative design does not equal lack of structure. It is rather the opposite, in order to communicate one’s most creative ideas, basic principles of design help to create consistency in expressing one’s style. This includes respecting the basic elements of design: line, shape, space, texture, color, value, and form. Those are then smoothly arranged according to principles of design such as balance, emphasis, harmony, movement, proportion, rhythm, and unity.
Economics of design
True home improvement is a very different art than, for example, portrait painting might be. Creativity is not the sole criterium for excellence in staging one’s residence. There is a goal to be achieved, and there are constraints in the budget, time, available space or architecture, or even practical requirements for the room. Also, the impact of the environment – orientation of the windows and entry of daylight, noise or other disturbances from the outside – has to be taken into consideration.
To do the magic and convert an impersonal, inconsistent or boring place into a dwelling that is flowing freely, includes a powerful message and leaves its visitors with good vibrations, this requires a well-organized process and a tight collaboration between homeowner and designer. Everybody involved in the project should first meet and exchange ideas in order to find a common language and make sure that everybody is meaning the same. This avoids undesired surprises in the future. In a second step, alternatives and examples should be researched. For larger projects, it is advisable to make 3D representations and get samples of materials and colors. The communication between homeowner and designer serves further, for refinement and correction. Then its time to develop. Finally, taking pictures before and after helps to document and celebrate the result.
Design in practice
Never reinvent the wheel – go beyond it!
Historical or just old buildings often challenge their inhabitants with dark corners which seem to have no practical use. Sometimes a reorganization of space or breaking a wall is not possible, but one can always light a candle or, modernize with one or several Grid Lightning Units from Artree Jo; creating a new atmosphere by changing the focus and at the same time building storage space.
Playing with light
Glass, metal, and gold plated elements are materials of which each one creates a very unique effect combined with light. One has simply to imagine the 5-Drawers Chest by Lakari Atika on a cloudy or foggy morning and sees how with the minimum ray of light, it seems that the sun rises inside the living room.
Space, the most ephemeral of design elements
Using high-end materials and warm flowing forms and colors, as staged with the Central Walnut Wood Table by Family House Furnitures, really comes into its own when it is arranged with sufficient space, which allows drawing the attention to such valuable piece.
Design your life
Re-designing one’s home can be fun and there are many uncomplicated ways to transform its style; shaping life in an unexpected way.