Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
Proverbs 31: 13-21
Interior Design is a mix of art, math, science and psychology. And space is an important design element that should be the starting point for creating and defining beautiful, functional environments for both home and business.
Because space affects our behavior and our behavior affects our space, the divisions and restrictions of space should form the foundation of architectural planning and interior design, This plan leads the decorating decisions which affect how you work, feel and socialize. So take the time to create a master design plan before you call the contractor or start making purchases, it will save you time, stress and money.
When analyzing and considering how to best use space, I begin with creating 'functional zones' within the space (sometimes using a bubble diagram) before creating the floor plan. After I have a floor plan that works, then I define the 'star' of the show (aka: focal point) and add supporting characters. A well thought out floor plan and elevation will be your road map to design success.
After you've created the master plan--be patient and follow it! The design process takes time and discipline. but you'll end up finishing faster, saving money and be happier with the result.
You don't necessarily have to call in an architect to create scaled drawings of your space. A floor plan is simply a measured outline of your floor and furniture and will allow you to play with furniture placement and traffic patterns before making purchases. And an Elevation is done exactly like the floor plan only using the wall as an outline and then adding design elements that will take up space. Such as windows, window treatments, doors and art. Everything that uses up the 'white' space is important.
Space planning is the core of architectural and interior design because it illustrates the big picture! It takes all the smaller, but--very important details of artful composition, like, light, line, form, shape, mass, scale and proportion and combines them to show you the outcome--what it will all look like in your space when it is finished. When you get your space right so that it functions properly, is efficiently used and the space feels good, you have the basis of great design. Then, you can add and manipulate the decorative layer (aka: design development) of color, pattern and texture until your happy heart starts to sing the Hallelujah Chorus! Then you're done and your great design just graduated to successful design! Now you can implement and control your project with confidence and a lot less surprises!
With the rising costs of construction, materials and furnishings, it is foolish not to create some type of space plan. Many clients are not happy with having to trust someone's ideas without seeing them first and even sketches using only pencil and paper sometimes don't suffice. They want to be able to walk through their future 'space' experiencing each part of the design as tangible as possible using a 3D model. And I don't blame them! Expensive design decisions are not made at my house without first experiencing the space using a visual model, and here's why--because the more I know about interior design, the more I know I don't know! There are too many little details that affect the big picture and the big picture affects me and my family.
If you are not sure what to do next-do this! You can do these drawings yourself. They are worth it because without them, you'll make mistakes (which causes ucky feelings of regret) and you'll lose control of your project and your dream (you can read about that story here).
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About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She has Alzheimer's disease and she'll never realize her dream. Sometimes in our deepest grief we are motivated to encourage others to fearlessly be themselves so that their gifts and stories are shared. I mean, how else can we change the world?. So I began to record 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)