The first step of your designing project will be as unique as you are and as diverse as the projects you will become involved in, yet there will be some common element that will be an excellent foundation for all of your designing tasks.
Some of what will be discussed is concepts you have probably taken for granted because for you they are merely assumed essentials, yet putting words to them may crystallize how important they are. However, some other processes should solidify and help you to proceed to an awesome finished project that will be a true reflection of who you are.
Whether your project is finding an architect to create your dream home or to update a room into current styles, you will begin to discover a new creative side of yourself. Colors and styles will evoke different emotions, and it is important to understand and prioritize the effect you want your design project to portray.
Begin at the end. Give thought and time to your project. Before you make any final decisions, you may want to consider the following steps:
The height of your ceiling and the size of your room will be a major factor in all of your choices. Proportion and color will be in large part determined by the space that you are working with.
Color combinations will evoke different emotions. Your jewel tones, including gold, sage green, brown and deep red, will bring a sense of comfort and safety. Contemporary colors, including black, white and red, will bring a sense of sharpness and clarity. The bright tropical colors, including the bright pastels, green, yellow, blue, orange and pink, will take you to the beach and convey a sense of lightness and fun.
Floor, wall and ceiling colors will generally follow this rule of thumb: You want your floor to be the darkest color, wall lighter and ceiling lightest. Currently, we are using many accent walls, which become part of accessorizing the room. In larger homes, the ceilings may also be accented with faux painting, which will often offset a chandelier.
Windows are often the most overlooked and least understood part of a design project, yet in many ways one of the most important. Windows are at eye level; therefore, are often the focal point of your room. In addition, many of our Florida homes have outstanding views. The way in which you treat your windows will allow the beautiful outside view to become part of your interior design. Both for function and for beauty, your window treatments should be given much consideration.
When using these suggestions, remember that function and harmony will be the goal you are continually trying to achieve. Every choice you make should include both of these purposes. Avoid the temptation of buying an item because it is small and feels safer or because it is on sale. Generally, it is wiser to buy one large, appropriate piece that you love than five or six smaller pieces that are less intimidating and less expensive. This is a most common error and in the long run will detract from the purity of the design as a whole.
Sometimes, function will be to have a room that is rarely used. Therefore, the function of this room is that it is not functional and used only for special occasions, breaking up the routine of the other areas of your home that are used for your daily routines. This would evoke the feeling of going to a favorite restaurant or wearing a special outfit. Function can be as simple as making you feel great.
As you begin your project, keep the end goal in mind. Designing is a process; one step will lead to the next. Sometimes it will be difficult to decide what is best, but generally, as you give thought to your choices, the right decisions will be made. It is not unusual to become overwhelmed or to doubt yourself. That comes with the fear of making mistakes and wasting money. There probably is not a single person who has ever attempted a design project who does not feel this way. Simply step back and get refocused. Most importantly, enjoy the process of discovering your creativity and the satisfaction of a job well done.
Susanne Glater Wiggins is owner of Home Designs, boasting two beautiful showrooms, and is located on W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach. For more information, call (386) 257-5100 or send an e-mail to www.HomeDesignsFL@aol.com.