By Gail Doby, ASID
The design of your space matters for more than its visual triggers and function.
What do I mean by that? Have you ever walked into a restaurant or retail space and felt “cold?” Perhaps the décor was stark and minimalist, while your personal preference is to be in spaces that feel warm and cozy. Your feelings about the space are directly related to the interior design and how it is executed.
- A well-designed space functions with ease. An example would be a kitchen where two cooks can function without getting in each other’s way. The distance between an island and perimeter countertop as well as the location of appliances can help both cooks work comfortably.
- Colors that are carefully selected evoke a mood, provide a backdrop for art and people, and create interest and drama.
- Installing energy efficient appliances and lighting can cut the cost of your utility bills so you can invest in other things that matter more.
- Selecting green, sustainable or recycled materials protects the planet by ensuring that forests aren’t stripped for profit, all while providing function and form for your space.
- Using low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) materials can impact your family’s health. Avoiding formaldehyde in glues used in building materials and chemicals in paint can protect you from lung irritation (especially for people with asthma).
- Flooring materials in bathrooms or entries are selected to minimize injuries due to slips and falls.
- Lighting provides task illumination when reading or putting on makeup, but can also add ambiance when entertaining, or can help with wayfinding in buildings during an emergency.
- Perhaps a family member is aging or physically challenged. Interior design can make spaces accessible so elderly family and friends can function and maintain dignity as they become less able to take care of their daily needs.
- If you have a stressful job, your home is your haven, so having integrated speakers that don’t distract from your interior can add a soothing sound to help you unwind after a busy day.
- Creating a home spa to help escape from the chaos of daily life and relax is a necessity for many people today.
Gail Doby, ASID is the Co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of Design Success University, an online resource for professional interior designers to discover how to run a more successful and profitable business. She is also the author of How to Design Your Perfect Interior, #1 Amazon best-selling kindle book, and its related website.
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