comes from having confidence. In many ways, designing interiors is an extension of yourself. That’s why you can often identify which designer created a work simply by looking at it Too often, however, a designer’s “look” can be repetitive, flat, and lifeless. That’s not because of their lack of knowledge about interior design. When that happens, it’s the result of not working from a state of confidence during the design process. Great designs come from within a person. Being able to open up and be expressive is a huge part of being a great designer. Of course, there are foundational principles of interior design that all designers must know and understand. But because design is an art, forming a balance between what a designer is taught and feels must come together in a way that the result looks like it fell into place naturally.



Walking into a dull, dingy, lifeless house can send your mind reeling. You may have concerns about whether you can fix something that appears to be unfixable. Yes, some interiors will take your breath away because they are in such desperate need of help. Some are to the point of being unlivable in their current shape. However, many times these homes will more than likely turn out to be the most beautiful after their transformation. The moment you set eyes on such a project is the moment you must start working to move past what’s in front of you. Many designers can’t stomach this part of being a designer. Yet if you wish to be an interior designer, this stage of the process is where you need to be able to see past the current condition and

be able to envision what the interior could look like.

work together—color, shape, space, form, value, line, and texture—is invaluable for creating the most unique visual experience possible. These elements help support your creative ideas; they help to convey a mood you may be trying to achieve. They work to draw your eye in, or even away from objects. They can even be used to control a person’s feelings. Studying the design elements and learning to apply them is just one more step in the process towards becoming an interior designer. Being meticulous with detail is also necessary if you wish to be an interior designer. It is the interior designer who will often bring a

STRETCHING YOUR LIMITS WITH DESIGN ELEMENTS Being able to capture people’s attention brings us back to the need for interior designers to be confident. Being brave enough to stretch your limits and create “drama” within properties can often stretch your comfort zone. But, most of the time, memorable designs are unique designs that have never been tried before. Having the patience to educate yourself and to understand how design elements

thinkrealty . com | 71

Made with FlippingBook Online newsletter