Interior Design, Staging, Styling
Staging, Interior Design, and Organization for homes, offices, commercial, restaurants, and real estates. Whatever your needs, let our design team craft a beautiful and inviting environment for your space. We can accommodate for any style you are going for. From modern to classic, contemporary to traditional. We offer full and partial staging for individual rooms, or entire homes. Looking to sell? Did you know staging has been proven to sell a home for more, as well as faster then a non-staged home. If you have just purchased your new home we can help with making your new home feel like a warm and inviting home for years to come. Tired of looking at your house the way it is now? Allow us to come in and change the way you feel about it. Turn your house into your oasis, a place to you go to recharge and get away from the craziness of the world outside the window. Don’t want to keep looking at that messy garage or closet anymore? If you don’t have the time to get it under control we will come out and put some organization in your life, and get that mess off you mind. We also assist in office concepts and design. Make employee morale shoot through the roof by making their work space less stuffy and more comfortable. Restaurant atmosphere is almost more important then the food on the plate, make sure your customers want to come back everyday and have a seat at your table.
Design elements you may not even notice are the things that make people feel like they want to be there. Let us make your space a place people want to be!
What We Do
Design and design elements can be a little bit of a touchy subject. Because, design is an art form, and as you know, art is in the eye of the beholder. Therefore design can be quite subjective. Luckily there some basic principles that can be implemented into any space to make everyone who walks in feel at home. These design elements are space, line, forms, light, color, texture, and pattern. Keeping all of these elements working together is imperative to creating an aesthetically pleasing room. This will also bring about increased functionality. An interior designer will assess any room according to these design elements and use them to disguise or enhance various features and flaws of the space.
The very basics of design deal with space. Usually it is also the one element you don’t have much control over. Designers know going in how much space is available to them. They have to make the design work for the physical boundaries set for them. Space can also be split into two categories: Positive space and negative space. Positive space being the space that contains objects, and negative space being open/void space. Creating a space that has a near equal amount of positive and negative space is essential to keep a room from feeling overcrowded or very sparse. The functionality of a room can determine the needs for positive and negative space, but getting just the right balance is important for hitting the mark for a room.
Horizontal, vertical, and dynamic lines create a room and guide the eyes. Horizontal lines, such as those created by tables and other flat surfaces, can elongate or widen a room. But too many horizontal lines can make a space look boring or uninspired. Vertical lines, such as those created by windows and doorways, create the illusion of tallness. Overuse of vertical lines can make a space feel cramped or uneasy. Dynamic lines are any lines that are diagonal, or curved. Dynamic lines create movement to the eye and give a room energy. However to many dynamic lines in a room can be distracting and overpower the look and feel. Striking a balance of differing lines will make a room with the right look and feel for what a client wants out of it.
Form refers to the shapes of the room and the objects within. When defining form most can be categorized as geometric or natural. Geometric forms have hard lines and square edges. In general geometric lines look very man made. Organic forms look to be shapes and forms created by nature. A room with multiple forms of similar size and shape can make a feel of balance and harmony. Too many different shapes will have a confusing result for eyes as they move about the room. Mostly a room will look more pleasing it a dominant form is repeated in small objects across the space.
Natural and man made light sources are extremely important to any space so that all other elements can shine to their full potential. There are three categories of lighting: task light (defining purpose), accent lighting (emphasizes objects), and mood lighting (adds ambiance). What lighting should be in any space is defined by what the space will be used for. In the case of office lighting it needs to be bright, where as a cozy restaurant maybe should go with a very dimmed down lighting. Natural lighting should always be considered when designing any space, and can be manipulated through placement of doors windows and mirrors. Lighting has the ability to set the mood and atmosphere, as well as lighting fixtures can be a source of lines and forms.
Color is a big part of what interior designers do, it can be a science on it own. It can create just the right mood, unify a room, or make a space feel larger or smaller. Psychology of color is something that an extremely skilled designer can manipulate to their full advantage. Green and blue colors entice calmness and are prominent in bedrooms. Reds trigger appetite and is used well in kitchens (take a look at most restaurant logos, they almost always incorporate red). When looking for colors for a room, function should always be considered first. Second, take into account the lighting aspects of natural and artificial light and how it will affects the colors in the room. Lighting has the ability to effect peoples perception of color. Lighter and brighter colors can give the illusion of more space in smaller areas, and darker colors can give dimensional illusions in a larger space.
Texture is an often overlooked aspect of design. Texture refers to the surface or feel of an object. A good designer will mix texture to give a space a sense of depth. Furniture fabric, accessories, and surfaces can add texture and has the ability to add interest, creating a pleasing effect for the eye. Texture can be defined in two ways: visual and actual. Visual texture is a texture that is seen by the eye but not necessarily able to be felt. Patterns are good examples of visual texture. Actual texture can be felt and has a three dimensional characteristic. Most of the time if a room feels like it is missing something it is due to lack of texture. Mixing texture in a room as a space is being designed can be the key to making a room come together.
Pattern, as with texture, can be used to add excitement into a room. Patterns can be introduced in a variety of ways such as, wallpaper, furniture, rugs and fabrics. Stripes, organic, pictorial, animal prints, geometric, and motif are some of the more widely used patterns. The size of a room is extremely important to consider when looking to add a pattern to a room. Adding to many patterns into a small space will overwhelm it. However, patterns can create vertical and horizontal lines and give the illusion of space. Style can play an important role in what kind of patterns are best incorporated. Traditional style use organic and floral patterns, while if going for a contemporary feel geometric and abstract prints should be used. Patterns can be fun to use and at times bring life to a space, but its best to have a maximum of three all drawing from the same color scheme.