By: Stephanie Andrews
Sometimes I ponder why interior design exists. It may appear trivial on the surface, especially if I am talking to a heart specialist or a teacher. But when I stop to think about it, we as interior designers can fulfill some very important emotional needs and solve some very complex problems.
Each week I meet a potential client looking for something: better family time, more order, more joy, more beauty, more pride, more fun. Everyone gravitates to different styles: eclectic, classic, fashion-forward, dramatic, mid-century. The underlying reason they call on us is because they believe we can help them fulfill their needs. How we create a solution becomes our art. For us to succeed, we need to truly listen and understand what our clients are saying (or not saying).
Here are some examples of Balance Design’s emotional problem solving:
Improved Family Time: With teenagers at home, this was the room off the kitchen where everybody congregated to lounge – with its central location and cozy fireplace. The goal was to comfortably hold their family of four carrying out a myriad of different things: web-surfing, watching tv, reading, playing games and napping. We believed if this room could be comfortable, beautiful and functional, it would encourage the family to hang out together.
Collected Order: This client had a rather small home for a family of five. She had many books, art and family treasures that needed order in a beautiful way. We designed her dining room with custom details like a pull-down bar, desk and bookshelves and curated her pieces to remind her of her family’s long history.
A Sense of Pride: This client just purchased a beautiful new home. She wanted to create an unique and dramatic entrance where her family and guests experienced the sense that they had truly arrived. We created a foyer that did just that – with figurines from their trip to China, dramatic stripes in the window treatments and vibrant blue stools.
Youthful Merriment: Kids rooms are truly areas to have fun. From favorite colors, to roll-around carpets, to a picture of a deer in tube socks! Sometimes good design is capturing the quirky just enough to make you smile when you are in the room.
Whatever your motivation: order, fun, recognition, improved family time or simply beauty – good design can help fulfill those needs in ways you may have never thought of.