According to designer Joel Nessen, there are “no rules” when it comes to interior design, but everyone can use some tips and tricks. We spoke with Nesen, the founder of the Portland-based Maison, and Jenny Guggenheim, a Guggenheim architectural design studio, to gain insights into the interior design process.
“If you do (interior design) well, you can do anything in your own space,” says Nesen. Be sure to follow these eight basic principles to find the nirvana of home design.
1 Real life planning
In the interior design process, “spatial planning comes first,” says Nesen. According to the American Institute of Architects, spatial planning includes blocking internal spaces, defining circulation patterns, and planning furniture placement and appliance placement.
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Architect firm Johor Bahru advise that interior design projects begin with an assessment of the functional flaws in space and how to manipulate elements that are better suited to the people who live there. “We are really trying to be thoughtful about how people use their space,” says Guggenheim. She often asks, “What do you need in your space and how do you live your life every day?” The purpose of the
spatial plan is to increase efficiency. For Guggenheim, this means avoiding resale instructions and trends, including unnecessary additions. “We found that most customers came to us thinking they needed more space, more storage, and more,” she says. “We strive to gently guide them to simpler solutions.”
For example, recently she requested a client to add a large-scale home, but the designers have an existing foot. I realized that rebuilding the prints and adding small additions provided what homeowners needed. “I think it’s good for everyone if we can provide all the features we need for our customers without getting bigger and bigger,” she says.
2nd Create a vision
Once the designer understands how the space works, he combines these requirements with the aesthetics and mood desired by the client to create the concept of the space.
“We take a global approach rather than choosing one paint color or one sofa,” says Nesen. “It’s really about creating a vision. When you can carry out that well-thought-out vision, you have a timeless longevity [in the interior].” For
designers, telling a concept is like storytelling. Mr. Nesen said: “We must be able to tell a story about how the interior is combined with all the different elements and parts.”
3. Think about materials and structures
“Quality is the key,” says Nesen. Materials and structures influence how a person experiences a completed space. High-quality materials “have a different sound and feel than inferior materials,” Nesen says.
Natural materials predominate. Maison designers often use fabrics such as wool, silk and linen, and prefer furniture with solid wood construction and well-made antiques. Nesen warns that spending a lot of money on something doesn’t necessarily mean you’re buying high-quality products.
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