In my humble opinion (and feeble and fading memory), mass and massing were not adequately taught in design school (probably because it is hard to understand--just check out the definition on wikipedia to see what I mean) but it is fundamental and hugely important in creating a successful design! Massing (verb), in interior design, is the act of arranging and manipulating 3-D forms into a unified, coherent composition. I'd say that's pretty important stuff. Mass (adjective) is the solidity, matter or density of an object that is defined by shape, form or color.
Now let me do what everyone else has failed to do.......teach you how to use them.....
"Good Light means good design, but better light means better design" Sounds easy right?
When we think about shape, we think about a two-dimensional outline - often seen as a geometric figure, but form is an extension of shape and is actually the three-dimensional configuration.
Why is this important? Because God made us visual creatures for a reason and form, just like all design elements, has the power to influence us to respond emotionally. I guess I could just point out the differences between a female body and a man's body and leave it at that - but I won't - READ ON!
Texture is the relative smoothness or roughness of a surface and is read both physically by touch and visually as well. Everyone knows this - But do you know how to use texture successfully in your project?
Pattern is the arrangement and repetition of lines and shapes to create a unified design.
So, if you already understand line, shape and form, you'll see pattern in a brand new way! Pattern is seen in printed and woven textiles such as upholstery and drapery fabric, flooring, rugs and carpeting. BUT it is also seen in any surface that has texture.....
Like wall coverings, wood grain, tile, marble and granite (just to name a few) - see tile pattern guide below)
I once heard my college Professor say, "all design first begins with line, so if you can please the eye with line you have a masterpiece!"
Color is the most emotional and most personal of all the design elements--and there are thousands of colors to choose from (maybe even more)! And because all decorating decisions begin with color, it can sometimes be difficult knowing where to start. Why? Because color affects everything - and if you get it wrong, you'll know it every time you walk into the room
Have you ever walked into a room or even looked at a new build and felt something was wrong but didn't really know what it was?
That's because something is wrong and it is usually an error in either scale or proportion.
Interior Design is a mix of art, math, science and psychology. And space is an important design element that could be the starting point for creating and defining beautiful, functional environments for both home and business.
How does that make you feel?
Just like the conductor of a fine orchestra leads his woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings to work their magic; you too, need to take point on your design project and lead. You are the axis around which your design project revolves and are the final arbiter of both form and function and will live with the results. Therefore......
,,,, your first step in empowering you in your role as a savvy design enthusiast - is to master your understanding of the technical side & the process of interior design so you can speak the language, set expectations and get what you want and need. Because here's the truth about a professionally pulled together space: just like a symphony - it requires a lot of work, time and trial and error experience. So don't beat yourself up or someone else if you are struggling to create a space that reflects your values and supports your vision. Because professional interior designed spaces take hours of work, out of the box thinking, technical knowledge and skill. But middle class America can still benefit from living in these magical spaces if they become aware of where they're going and why before they pick up the phone and start calling general contractors. Or in the case of a redesign, before they start shopping (and returning).
I believe that all building and design projects start out with good intentions. But I have found that many good folks with good intentions fail at design because of design misconceptions, mindsets and lack of technical design knowledge. Don't feel bad - we've all been there. Change alone is stressful but putting the cart in front of the horse or believing everything we hear makes a stressful project quickly turn into a project that is stuck and can't move forward or is full of design regrets and broken relationships. God is the master Designer and Artist and first revealed himself to us through His creation. He also designs on purpose and so should you.
About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She had Alzheimer's disease and never realized 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 legacy home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)