Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
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?
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 think about what you want and need 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 and add supporting characters. A well thought out plan will be your road map to design success.
After you've created the master plan--be patient and follow it! This road map thought 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 organizes the space efficiently around the design elements you'll be using for your unique lifestyle. When you get your space sculpted right so that it functions properly, is efficiently used and the space feels great too, you have the foundation of great design - or you got the canvas correct.
Then, you can add and scheme the decorative layer (aka: design development) of color, pattern and texture until your happy heart starts to sing the Hallelujah Chorus!
Now you can confidently communicate your expectations to others to reduce misunderstanding, stress and surprises.
With the rising costs of construction, materials and furnishings, it is in your best interest to put some thought and planning into what you want and need to avoid assumptions. Just because you love the color blue doesn't mean your contractor or store clerk understands what that looks like to you. That's why 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 see how the design details affect the big picture. And I don't blame them! Expensive design decisions are not made at my house without connecting all the dots visually, 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 the benefits of hiring an interior designer here).
Basic plans are also the foundation to creating a 3D drawings so you can virtually experience the space before you contact a Contractor. You can purchase house plans online inexpensively and I can modify them for you or you can do them entirely yourself, If you'd like more information about how to draw your own, don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
I'll send you a complimentary PDF Guide that explains the step by step so you can do it yourself.
Interior design can be filled with challenges and surprises. So let's get you prepared for what's ahead to ensure you communicate your needs and wants clearly!
I've written additional 'think like an interior designer' posts for mass & massing, pattern, scale and proportion, light, texture, and color, shape and form and line so you can break the rules like a boss!
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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 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)