Archive for July, 2014

The Power of Pattern as a Design Element

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In Art and Architecture, decorations or visual motifs are combined and repeated to form patterns observed by the five senses, eliciting an emotional response, a sensory reaction.

There are natural patterns, like spirals, waves, or swirls and also geometric patterns which is a kind of template formed from shapes that repeat and have a sequence.

When designing a space, Pattern can play a very integral role in the feel and harmony of a room. If you want to keep color and furnishings minimal, you can use Pattern as the focal point of a room, whether it be on a wall graphic, a painting, fabric, a rug or even a piece of furniture. This becomes the area of interest, that works with the furnishing, lighting and color in the room.

Pattern can be utilized as a “refresher” for a space when used on walls, like a wall laminate, mural or wallpaper. It can be used as a minimally invasive solution to a room that has become dull or needs some energy, without having to completely renovate and purchase all new furnishings.

In Contemporary design, Graphic Patterns are used as accents and art, with simple linear design a graphic and geometric pattern looks fresh, clean and chic. The image presented here is from our 140 Charles St. Project, we used pattern to cover all walls and ceilings to create depth and drama in this jewel box bathroom.

The impact that a bold graphic has on a space changes the atmosphere and energy. Whether it is minimal, monochromatic, or multi colored, pattern is a driving force and tool when used in an artistic way by the designer and creates a beautiful addition to any space.

The Power of Natural Light in a Home Office

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Your environment has a huge impact on how productive you are. That means the temperature in your room, the color of your walls and the noise happening around you. One other important factor is lighting. Our brains function differently when we have natural light compared to artificial light.

When designing a space, if my Client is fortunate to have good natural light, using that natural light to the best of its advantage is optimal. This natural light also has a direct effect on wall colors, materials and furniture choices.

If that Client also has a home workspace, incorporating as much natural light into the space is key, science has done many studies and concluded that people who were exposed to daylight throughout the day were significantly more alert than those who worked in artificial light by day’s end.

Using the available natural light creates an atmosphere of comfort and good energy. Our bodies are nourished by sunlight and daylight, this becomes an important tool in achieving great harmony in a space.

If the Client wants to create a darker atmosphere or prefers to sleep in total darkness void of any light, shades and curtains can be installed to have the ability to control the sunlight. This is a personal choice and can easily be accommodated.

Some Clients choose a space solely based on the amount of natural light. For them the light creates a feeling of warmth and productivity.

Lighting, both artificial and natural is essential and a key design element for any space, affecting the overall feel and flow of a home.