Zaha Hadid, one of the most iconic interior designers in the world behind structures such as the London Aquatics Centre and the Generali Tower in Milan, Italy once said that: “Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space.” Although the statement is a simple concept, it is a loaded one that speaks about the profession of an interior designer and the many nuances that they have to observe. No one building or space is ever the same. It is fluid and requires much on-the-go thinking, intuition and fluidity. Although most of their work is an art, there are some recurrent themes and concepts that interior designers use to execute their ideas. In this article we will share some of these skills and hope that you can benefit from knowing them.
Expose Yourself and Train Your Eye
Interior designers that are at the epitome of their careers are obsessed with their art and profession. They live and breathe interior design and this comes in the form of reading books, articles and magazines such as Architectural Digest and the world of interiors. If you have a project that you would like to embark on, you may start on reading an online magazine or articles, and if you want to dive deeper into the topic, read The Finer Things by Christiane Lemieux and Miles Redd that gives you a comprehensive dive training your eye to recognize enduring quality and home goods.
Texture is an important part of interior design as it is one of the elements that creates dimension and people can feel it with their sense of touch. Consider and utilize a variety of materials from wood to metal to create a sensory experience for anyone that comes into contact with your space. Humans love to physically touch and feel things and so texture plays a major role in one of our senses.
Understanding your subject or space
When you get to a space or client, great interior designers immediately are able to figure out what the client or the vibe of a space is like. After understanding the space or client, they would be able to execute beautifully to create a piece of art that they believe the space is fitting for or that a client would like. For regular people, what we need to do is to try to understand a little bit about the history of the space you are designing, as well as keep in mind your goals for the space and have an end goal in mind.
Look towards mother nature
Many great inventions and art pieces were inspired by mother nature. Go out and feel the environment around the space you are designing. Is the place windy, densely forested, or dry. These elements should inspire you to either want to design a space that can blend into the environment or that you would like to transport some of those elements into another foreign land to replicate what you felt. When thinking about designing your own space, look at materials such as marble, wood or maybe even linen and silk curtains. Mother nature provides us with the highest quality materials for our projects.
Contrast creates dimension
Sometimes having contrast brightens and brings out the dimension in a space. Contrast can comes in a variety of ways such as materials, colors, and even straight lines vs. curved lines. Be open to exploring different variations and you would be surprised how nicely these contrasting objects can highlight each other. An example could be rattan baskets in an extremely modern home. The contrast created could come out very beautifully.
See spaces in height and depth
Amateurs usually do not think in height or depth. Most people design and place things around their eye level. Take a look around you and see how you can play with the height of the space that you are in. You may be able to hang a winding light down from the ceiling or even build shelves towards the top of the walls to display porcelain pots. This exploration of height and depth would make your place more expansive and whole.