In this discussion I want to add in considerations that address another important aspect of Interior design: Quality demonstrated by simplicity! Just as quantity can defeat an otherwise interesting Interior design, quality can deteriorate by creating overbearing complexity of design choices.
The concept of “simplicity” can definitely be challenging! When designing Interior space, your professional Interior design team envisions that prospective space populated by its human occupants – residents, business staffs, guests, families, patients, or clients. The occupants – or, users – of the Interior space become a part of the overall vision! They are part of the envisioned Interior design concept and planning process.
We all know that “occupants” and “users” come in all versions and are the most varied components present in the finished Interior designed space! One might consider that the busier the projected use of an Interior space, the more important the concept of simplicity becomes.
Along with many other contemporary “trends” has come bold combined use of formerly opposing pattern designs, or formerly avoided color combinations. It’s easy to recall when blue and black or orange and red together was nowhere in sight! Yet, it has become apparent that, in the hands of creative experts, magnificent transitions in color pairings have produced wonderful Interior design treatments. With such strides, the disciplines of simplicity clearly come to bear.
Another example of where skill, talent and restraint guide your Interior design team is in the mixing of eras and cultures. If there ever were an area of planning where simplicity might be sacrificed, it would be right there! Wonderful when right, but awkward with the risk of overbearing when simplicity is sacrificed for the anxious excitement of over-inclusion!
Simplicity – which is definitely an Interior design discipline – is also an Interior design concept that can deliver an open, spacious dynamic where close-and-tight exists. The skillful use of color, light and patterning – paired with simple furnishing styles and weight choices – can be transforming!
Simplicity? It’s one of those concepts that are difficult to specifically define. (It’s almost impossible to teach.) It’s a lot like those things where you know it when you see it. Your Interior design team knows!
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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Collaboration & Writing: Ms. Zoe Tummillo