Need Peace? Stressful day? For most of us, that is our every day and we move at a faster pace than we ever have. Our souls need a place to unwind, recharge and rejuvenate. Your home should be your sanctuary. When there is chaos in your resting place, you aren’t able to find peace. Your home should radiate calm. There are ways to do this with design that help in finding that peace.
Your home should echo elements throughout. As you walk from room to room, without thinking about it, you should feel the connection. Although things don’t have to all match, they do have to be relatable. It can be like playing the game we did as children of something doesn’t belong, and finding the elements that don’t work and working with those that do. Our brains subliminally associate things visually. We may not even realize this is happening. It is kind of like wearing two different color socks. It is a little unsettling and not peaceful. This photo shows an example of disconnection.
How to pull it together to create peace?
The best technique I can teach you is layering. When I’m working on a design, I have samples of every element I want to put into a space. I lay them all on top of each other and I always use the floor as the foundation. Immediately I can see if they feel balanced, or not. I look at door handles, floor coloring, wall paint, rugs, and furnishings. You can see in the photo to the left how unsettling this feels. Compare it now to the photo at the top, where we are starting to pull the new design together. Many of the same items, just reworked a little to create cohesiveness. The hutch, light fixtures and table are all the same, and we recovered the bench to bring the colors into connection. Suddenly, the light fixtures and hutch pop! We put a neutral rug underneath with texture to add interest without a distracting color or pattern. We brought in some blue to speak to the hutch and to tie into the new living space rug which carries most of the pattern in the room.
Laying things in a design board is a very useful tool. You can do this with samples in person, or photos to start. Use pictures of things you have and want to incorporate into your space. Below is a quick vision board for their space, based on their existing paint colors, items they own, and a few things I started the vision with. I ended up eliminating the green walls to create the perfect palette. I started with the floral rug for the living room, built all the ideas off of this board, and brought each item into the board to make sure the coloring was right. I utilize color, texture and paint to make a room work. It doesn’t matter what style of space it is, I use the same technique over and over again. Here is a link to some more design board ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=design%20board&rs=typed&term_meta=design%7Ctyped&term_meta=board%7Ctyped
Now you have the foundation to find peace in your home!