Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
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.
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 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. The perfect ratio is based on the human body.
Because scale and proportion are important principles of design all the design elements can be evaluated accordingly to ensure balance and harmony are achieved. This is how an interior designer thinks and makes design decisions.
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 an interior design mistake causing architectural disharmony - aka: 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 understood and 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 use the gifts God has given me and the experiences He has allowed to help me help others thrive at home.
That's what I call worship!
I use systems for everything I do. This planning reduces the chaos, keeps me organized and makes sure no detail is forgotten and no surprises are found in the design portfolio! The first phase of planning a successful interior design project is the 'THINK IT' phase - because it takes thought to keep things from becoming cookie cutter. That's why I wrote this blog post to dispel common interior design misconceptions and help prepare you to take point on your design or decorating project based on your vision.
I've written additional 'think like an interior designer' posts for; shape & form, texture, space and color, light , pattern, line and mass and massing to help you understand the language of design so you can learn the rules and break them! Because who wants a house that looks like your neighbors?
If you have a decorating or interior design project coming up within the next year and need help with the THINK IT phase, contact me today to get started. Or join over 300 other design enthusiasts by signing up for my Homiletics for the Home Insiders club below & you'll receive mostly monthly emails filled with inspiring ideas, encouraging stories, worksheets and real life interior design stories - then make the world more beautiful by sharing this post with your tribe!
Until next time, blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)
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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 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 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. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)