Your construction team has installed and coordinated all the functional systems for electrical, plumbing, AC and possibly Solar; and then, neatly packaged it all behind the sheetrock, wood paneling or other wall closure. (... layers!)
As the external, Interior bases are laid – wall treatment, flooring, ceiling, lighting, etc. – the scene is being set for furnishings, equipment, surface utilities and amenities. More layers.
The finishing touches – the stuff on top – in some ways are the most important specialties! After all, when family, friends, customers or clients are in your newly designed Interior, it’s that top layer that wins the heart and mind – and speaks your message! (It would be a rare observer who comments on what’s behind the sheetrock or on the roof!)
Among the specialists that assist your Interior design team with the stuff on top, are professional merchandizers for retail and other business environments. Very likely you work directly with your Interior designer for your residential finishing accessories and appointments. As with the other specialists working on your Interior design project – large or small, refresh or brand new -- those end choices must also cooperate and coordinate with your overall theme, concept and vision.
On that last layer of the installation – the “stuff” on top – everything from lighting impacts to complementary colors come into play. Your Interior design team should have that top layer in mind way at the beginning when the team is looking at the big picture. It seldom works when the left hand does not know what the right is doing!
Businesses: first impressions do count! Aunt Jean’s antique re-wired kerosene lamp table light might be great in the man cave – but would take a design nick out of your upscale business reception area. And that home decór scheme? Don’t inadvertently ruin your basic beautiful choices with hit-or-miss accessories!
Layers -- the stuff on top? It’s everything you place on surfaces when all the principal elements are complete and installed. It counts!
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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