When it comes to interior design, the best in the business have usually held fast to the “less is more” mantra, or even the “keep it clean and simple” platitude. In some minimalist, yet well-appointed homes, items that are not immediately useful are at the very least personally meaningful to their owners—and in the very best examples of those, every item, furniture piece, shelving unit, and piece of cabinetry fashionably tie the home together. To create a home that energizes the soul (especially in today’s enervating world), we believe in building rooms that feel connected, choosing color palettes and materials that “center” the spirit, and creating spaces that tell a story of those that live within. Curating the right design elements isn’t always a simple task—it’s the proper selection of the items, colors, and design of layout that enhance the well-being of the homeowner, and a means towards developing a feeling of total relaxation and calm.
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When we take our first step towards a properly appointed, relaxation-focused design, we work to amplify and simplify any given space. This may mean rethinking how the words minimalism and maximalism come into play in your home. It’s not about having very little or as much as possible. For your home should never lack visual joy: it’s about having exactly what you need, where you need it. For example, most smaller spaces require design elements that leave a visual impact: “layering” can give that to you. A tapestry behind the bed—a textured accent wall—these are design elements chosen because they stand on their own. No matter how we proceed with any design, imagine if every item in a room had a dual purpose of function and form.
Depending on the design space at hand, we choose to add patterns and to “feed that need” of a room. This may mean picking a single color and curating goods that use that color only emphasizing it throughout a space—while keeping other palettes neutral.
Rooms should contain movements of some sort. Whether that’s a bubble lamp in a dressing room corner or a flowing seating arrangement at a kitchen bar—because movements don’t take up room, but still provides a sense of life. Whether pairing down spaces for minimal aesthetics or maximizing them to enhance luxury, the end goal is the same; adding design elements that create a sense of space and that makes it more comfortable. Comfort and zen aren’t about being dull—instead, it’s an enhancement of joy, balance, and well-being.