Sheila Rich Interiors: Design Blog

Helpful tips and suggestions on designing your interior.

Three Keys To Good Interior Design

Good design is the absence of decorating.

I recently heard Dennis Quaid say, “Good film is the absence of acting.”  This got me thinking that the same is true of interior design: Good design is the absence of decorating.

show-house-1m-795Good interior design is as functional as it pleasing.  The furniture and furnishings just feel right, just as Mother Nature does it….natural and organically suited to the space. While each room has its own ambiance, it’s more important for the whole to be harmoniously greater than the sum of its parts.  In other words, your rooms need to work together and complement each other rather than each room appearing as a stand-alone unit.

Three things are paramount in creating good design:

1. Distribute the volume of the furnishings around the room to create balance and good rhythm.

2. Scale and proportion are achieved by using pieces that are the right size and shape for both the room and each other.

3. Use of color – whether dramatic contrast or a monochromatic design scheme – is an important part of the visual impact of any design concept.

The most successfully and thoughtfully designed rooms look like the furnishings flow together naturally; there’s no “set” or contrived feel, nor is any particular piece showcased.

In short, good interior designs are open, uncluttered spaces that work in harmony with their surroundings.

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Don’t Make Your Home A Museum!

A reader of my blog asked a question that many people who love fine furnishings have on their minds: “Can I decorate my home with fine furniture in such a way that my guests feel comfortable?”

A polished, more formal interior doesn’t have to be stiff and uninviting. You can buy the types of furnishings you like and still make people feel welcome in your home - as long as you don’t create a museum with your selections.

Being afraid to let guests sit on your furniture or keeping it covered with plastic certainly doesn’t create a friendly environment, so if you have a rare or irreplaceable piece of furniture or accessory that you want to keep out of harm’s way, put it in a place like the master bedroom that’s further away from the possibility of spillage or breakage. It’s fine if you cover your sofas and loveseats with plastic or sheets to protect them from being damaged by kids or pets, but make sure to remove these coverings when you expect company. There’s no point in having beautiful things if you keep them covered up or boxed away in closets for safety; the goal is to use and enjoy your treasured pieces in a safe but practical way.

Thanks for the question, I always love hearing from visitors to my blog!

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