Can you walk into a room and know why you might experience a sense of peace and calmness or a sense of uneasiness and discomfort?
WELL, for me…it is all about the balance. Not only for a space, but also seeking balance in my life. Which can be quite the challenge at times!
So you ask, how does one find the right balance in a space? Let’s first define balance as it relates to interior design. Balance is defined as the distribution of the visual weight of objects, colors, texture, and space, thus creating a sense of equilibrium, which results in a visually pleasing arrangement that is tranquil, relaxing, and easy to be in.
All objects within a space have a VISUAL weight. Some objects appear heavier and more weighted than others. There are three types of balance that I might use in my designs, depending on what feels most comfortable for my clients. The three are symmetrical balance, asymmetrical balance and radial balance.
Symmetrical balance is when two separate, but identical groups of items, objects, or elements are on either side of a center object and have equal and identical visual weight (the center “object” can be empty space or it can be an actual item.
In other words, the use of symmetry creates a mirror image on both sides of a room, a chair, a table or fireplace mantle, for example. Symmetrical displays will be found more typical in formal interiors.
Below are three perfectly illustrated rooms that are chock full of symmetry. In the first space, each side of the room holds two identical chairs flanked with the same floor lamp and the windows have nicely pleated side panels that line up visually with the windows and the furniture arrangement.
The act of decorating even though some things that we see in the world might not be formally or symmetrically designed, is all around us, whether in other cultures, in nature or in our experiences of daily life.
Design can be many things. For me, It is artistic, it is creative, it could be functional, it could be practical. It is about the thinking of new possibilities, as well as the way I create and help people experience a space.
When designs are created for my clients, I am hired to improve one’s interior environment, look at the design issue or solve an interior design problem.
Design is sometimes misunderstood. People think that design happens immediately and that it must be done perfectly without error or consequences.
Based on my 23 years of designing, I know that design takes time and requires the thorough understanding of the different aspects of the process that are used to complete it.
I evaluate the situation, understand the context and then respond by using my design skills.
As a NextGen decorating student, you will be taught to perform a service: to design a space that will respond to certain needs and requirements, in addition to helping you find your creative self and unique vibe.
Designing a space means understanding people and how they live. It is a complex process and as a student of NextGen Design Academy, you will begin to understand human nature and the different things that affect people in their living and working environment.