Welcome to my blog page. I regularly like to share interesting design ideas that I come across or devise myself. If you are on my email list, you will be e-mailed when I post new items. Please feel free to write me as well with questions or your own thoughts and I will reply when I can. Sometimes I will post my responses on here as well.
Positioning your stuff,
Last blog I talked about stuff and pairing it down. Today I will share my ideas of some of the best ways to showcase all this stuff without feeling cluttered. Ok so the biggest reason for a cluttered look and feel is that most people scatter their stuff all over the place. Now here is my trick to not only unclutter your space but to actually make your stuff stand out and make a statement. It is all about the positioning. Group items close together and leave large gaps and spaces between groupings. Here are a couple of examples; if you have a lot of wall art, don’t hang them scattered around but group them tightly together and leave large uncovered wall areas on your walls before starting another group. Also it you have any larger piece of art, hang this alone separate from smaller groupings. Smaller items too close to a large piece will deter from it and make it feel cluttered. This rule of thumb holds true for any other decorative item as well. Your result to all of this will be to create focal point areas that will highlight your stuff and the open areas in between will actually unclutter the space by reference. So don’t be afraid to enjoy all your stuff even if you have a lot. Position it well and enjoy it.
Till next time,
Clutter it up,
If you are like most of us, you probably have collected a lot of stuff over time and find it may be overtaking your space. I would like to talk about this stuff today, particularly your decorative stuff. Many people think that too much stuff is bad and you should just get rid of it. There is some truth to this but not completely. Here is my opinion; go through all your stuff and separate it into three categories; 1- love it and want it displayed in your home – keep it; 2- really don’t care much about it then get rid of it now; don’t love it but can’t part with it for personal reasons – store it away for the moment, anyway.
Ok, now that you have pared down your stuff, it is time to arrange it. This will be the topic of my next blog. They say to keep them hanging. Not that this is much of a cliffhanger, lol.
Thanks for reading,
It’s funny, I’m usually full of thoughts and ideas but not that I’m on the spot I feel a bit stumped, LOL. I want my first blog to be so profound yet I guess this is unlikely and this will be the topic of my first blog. I have a design term that I like to use and it is, “By Reference”! I believe this statement to be profound in itself and this concept actually relates to every facet of all our lives. Let me elaborate.
Think about your life, your likes, dislikes, your taste, style, favorite color and on and on and on. There is always one common denominator; It is how we usually chose what we like and especially what we like best compared to something we don’t like as much, IE: by reference. Most, if not all of everything we know is learned and without realizing it, we are making decisions and choices by reference to things we have either learned or observed. This holds so true for design. Think about it. Say you find a sofa and love the way it looks. You already learned what a sofa is and have likely seen many other sofas before for reference. Without reference, you likely would not love that sofa at all and not even know what it was, LOL. We all have a favorite color. We chose colors we like by reference to other colors. Let’s talk comfort. Imagine that favorite soft comfy chair. If every chair felt the same to us, we wouldn’t know what was more comfortable. I think you get my drift.
Ok so I get a but philosophical. Now here is the interesting part. Knowing that we all judge what we prefer by reference, let’s take this to the next level. The next design level that is! In any given environment there are many different items involved. There are colors, textures, amount of light, feel to touch and the list goes on… Now not only are we creating our own impression of every one of these items by reference but also how each and every item refers to each other. Am I blowing your mind yet? To compound this, we all perceive things uniquely different, LOL, but true.
So now that I have your head spinning, let me tell you what this all means to me as a designer. I believe that the creation of any great design is born out of reference and balance of reference. In layman’s terms, it is not just about filling a space with fabulous items but how they are paired through a space. If something is impactful standing alone, it will be that much more impactful in contrast to other items that may enhance it. Here is an example. Put a white sofa against a white wall and it can be a gorgeous sofa but the wall will drown it out. Now paint the wall black and wow will that sofa pop. It is by reference!
Ok so before I turn my first blog into a small book and you all loose interest, I will stop and leave you with this; Next time you like anything, step back and ask yourself why you like it and you may find yourself on an interesting mental journey.
Till next time,