From the computer to the living room

Allowing graphic design basics into your home

We all know that stepping inside someone’s home will elicit a certain feeling. What does your home say about you? Is it clean and simple, with a clear theme or message? Or is it cluttered and unkempt, making your guests feel as if they don’t even know where to look, much less where to sit? Is it cold and uninviting or do your guests look forward to an afternoon there?

The basic rules of creating an effective design are no different for logos or living rooms.

  •  Keep it simple. This isn’t just visually. Think about the smells of your home. Do you have cinnamon candles mixed with ocean-scented air fresheners? Pick a “theme” – one or two scents at the most, and make sure they compliment each other. My house is scented with lavender and eucalyptus (cleaning supplies and essential oils) – two scents I know work well together because that is what the Grove Park Inn chooses to use in their spa – and it’s heavenly.
  • Speaking of, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Keep your nose – and your eyes and ears – peeled for what you like that the experts are doing. Check out magazine spreads, hotel room suites, and furniture showrooms. These people have hired interior designers to create spaces that are inviting, clean and livable. Use them for inspiration.
  • Clean doesn’t just mean run the vacuum cleaner every once in a while (but do that too.) In graphic-design speak, clean refers to an image or design that is fresh, simple and not over embellished. Look around your house. Is it over decorated? Are there so many pictures in frames that guests don’t know where to look? If so, do your memories justice and select just a few for display. Another bonus: Fewer picture frames means less dusting!
  • Don’t be afraid to make a statement. Just make sure it is that: A statement. Meaning one. If you’ve always wanted a Salvador Dali-themed room, go for it. Just make sure there are no Monet’s in there.
  • Contrast makes a statement. Too much of a good thing is just that – too much. Personally, I’ve always thought having black walls in a master bedroom would be really nice – the dark walls are conducive to sleeping, which is what the bedroom is supposed to be used for. However, a project like that walks a fine line – go too dark, and the bedroom appears goth-like. Black walls in a bedroom need to be offset with light – white comforter, toile patterns, silver accessories. Feminine touches. Maybe even a spot of lime green or another bright color.

C L E A N . B R I G H T . B O L D . E F F E C T I V E . D E L I B E R A T E .

Is that what your home says about you?

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