Interior Design
Interior Design

Our design team is here to help navigate the sometimes overwhelming tasks, including your type of interior finishes, down to every last detail. We aim to transform your vision into a reality.  Your interior should be tailored to your lifestyle. A well-designed interior helps you achieve any vision you may have for your home. We can assist you in selecting the perfect look for your home.

Having said that, if you’re not sure where to begin, we’ll gladly guide you through the process.

The design process involves solving problems. In keeping with our overall design focus, we believe that all good design starts with a plan. Before builders break ground, our team is dedicated to answering the questions on paper. In the end, time and money are saved as fewer (if any) decisions need to be made on site. Our resources will enable you to make your ideas a reality, regardless of what they are.

The profession of interior design is very much a product of recent history. Its existence spans thousands of years but the actual term wasn’t coined until the early-to-mid 20th century. Starting from humble beginnings, interior design has grown into a very serious and well-regarded profession as designers and architects, realizing its importance in unifying a space and creating a harmonious atmosphere. It can be a daunting task when getting started, so we’ve decided to write this article describing the fundamentals of interior design for the average person looking to up their game or familiarizing themselves with the vocabulary within the trade. 

Designing the interior of a structure is just as much an art as it is a science. A good designer references various sources of inspiration from psychology, color theory, art history, and design to develop the best solution for their client.

When considering how space influences your interior design, it’s important to take into consideration two-dimensional space (which includes the length and width of a room) and three-dimensional space (which provides height). When working in a two-dimensional space, one should consider rugs, carpets, wall coverings, and other objects that sit flush with their surface. When working in three-dimensional space, adding new shelving and furniture incorporates volume into your project.

When it comes to your specific interior design project, it is vital to consider the overall space to understand its constraints and better incorporate a well-informed solution. As a designer, it’s important to our clients and us to understand what’s available to work with.

A room’s negative space can be seen on intentionally blank walls, walkways, and vacant space around and beneath fixtures. Negative space can give your project an airy feel and create a relaxed atmosphere. The positive space is filled with furnishings and decorative objects. These objects occupy space in the design and flow of the room. Positive space must be considered when organizing objects and layouts on all designs.

When considering a significant remodel or new construction, our interior designers can work with the structural designers to alter the proposed structure to better suit the interior and exterior of the structure, creating harmony between the two and tying the project together.
Forms can be used to communicate the overarching theme of your design. The form typically describes objects that occupy three-dimensional space. There are three dimensions of an object: height, width, and depth. Many individuals are familiar with these three dimensions as a common way to communicate the overall occupied space of an object. Its significance grows as we consider its importance in interior design.

A form must closely resemble the natural thing to be realistic. The rearranging or stylizing of recognizable objects in abstract forms is not uncommon. This design communicates organization, order, and structure.
Again, color theory is a topic one could write an entire book about (and many have). The strategic use of color in a space can help unite the various components you’re bringing together. With colors of various hues and shades and varying degrees of saturation, their implementation can significantly alter how the viewer perceives the size and tone of the space.
The four types of lighting are necessary for understanding interior design.

Think of task lighting as the overall bright light used in office buildings and spaces whose sole purpose is to create an energized and productive atmosphere. This sort of lighting is necessary to consider if your residential design project includes a home office or kitchen remodel. These spaces that aren’t intended to be used to rest and relax benefit from its bright light to focus and be productive.

Accent lighting is the only category of lighting that falls into the category whose sole purpose is aesthetics. This form of lighting is typically much brighter than ambient lighting. It is used to highlight a particular feature, such as a piece of artwork, architectural details, or furnishings that the designer wants to draw attention towards.

Ambient lighting floods a room with uniform light. This flooding of light can impact the overall look of a room and dramatically affects the projected tone. Ambient lighting is best utilized on a dimmer switch to adjust as needed throughout the day and well into the twilight hours.
Repetition in design is known as a pattern. The pattern adds an overall appeal to the space and can reinforce the character and mood the designer and client are aiming for. Examples of patterns can be seen in textiles, wallpapers, and carpeting. (These objects may have stripes or themes in various styles that involve geometric or organic shapes.)

Patterns can easily overwhelm the design and take away from the overall look. Mixing patterns can be intimidating at first. A good rule of thumb is to stick to no more than three patterns in one space. The three patterns should reference the same color scheme to reinforce harmony within the space that is being curated. When appropriately utilized, a pattern can add life and drama to a space while not overbearing the concept as a unit.
Let’s Make Your New Home!

Inspiration, it’s all around us—every building design, every space, even in the trees, rocks, and flowers outside. We are passionate about honoring the architectural trends of the past. And innovating new and unique ideas for the future. Therefore, by using Building Information Modeling software, we can quickly and accurately design a virtual model of a proposed residence, office space, or other buildings for you to view and explore. After, making changes to those models is quick. We look forward to every challenge along the way. And are ready to help you bring your concepts into design and reality!

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Bellingham, WA 98225
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