Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
Have you ever walked into a room or even looked at a new build and felt something was wrong?
That's because something is wrong and it is usually an error in either scale or proportion. Scale and proportion are often confused because they are both relative to size and weight but scale refers to size and weight of design elements compared to the space it is in (see Design Tip 1) and proportion deals with size and weight compared to itself. Sometimes it is easier to think of proportion in terms of a ratio instead of an actual measurement, especially relative to color. Because scale and proportion are important principles of design all the design elements can be evaluated accordingly to ensure balance and harmony are achieved.
We have all gone into a room before and felt uncomfortable but had a hard time figuring out why. The problem is often due to improper scale. Either the furniture or accessories are too large or too small for the room or there is too much stuff in the room for it's size or not enough.
The above picture is an example, The fireplace in this room was too small for the room. Some visitors never even noticed the room had a fireplace and the homeowner knew something was wrong in the room but didn't know what it was. And even though the room was an ample size, the large piece of wood furniture was too heavy and overpowering for the space. After line drawings, called room elevations, showed the homeowner the mistake, they were able to correct it.
I still love reading the text message she sent to me when we were finished with her room. She said, "I'm sitting in my new room surrounded by the things I love and I can't believe how good I feel."
I'm so thankful I was able to help someone who is so beautiful on the inside create a more beautiful space than she could do on her own.
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Welcome to my personal design notebook. If you already know me, then you know my mother suffers from Alzheimer's disease. During this journey with her, I realized how important it was to keep a record of the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own exemplary home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. Because my work is important, this is also where I share my favorite design projects and how good design enhanced their lives as well. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Many blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)