Humans are emotional creatures — it is truly what separates us from other animals. Some people, especially creative types, embrace emotion more completely, delve into it more deeply, explore it more intently than the average person would consider wise. Some people are more susceptible to emotions generated by the environment in which they find themselves. If you have ever stood in a redwood grove or Notre Dame or your own living room and been unmoved, you are not one of these people.
The process of interior design is fraught with emotion. If you read my earlier post, you know it often starts with fear. Fear of opening up, fear of letting go, fear of the unknown — intimacy is scary. And interior design is intimate. Starting a new relationship can bring anxiety and nervousness — how not when you are filtering it through your prior experiences? If you have no knowledge base to draw on, anxiety is natural. But once you take a deep breath and that first step, those butterflies morph into excitement.
With rapport between yourself and your designer, exploration is a joy. Considering possibilities, seeing how the ordinary can be elevated and changed to support and enrich your life — interior design is relevant to everyone, regardless of budget. It's not about how much money you spend, it's about emotional investment in the process and emotional return when the project is completed.
Well-designed spaces evolve from emotion — anxiety, trust, joy — often with fits and starts along the way. Ultimately, they generate emotion — contentment, passion, warmth, peace — to those that inhabit them. Whether it's a tranquil white oasis or a spirited mid-century mélange, your spaces should embrace you and engender the emotional support you need.
Go ahead and take the leap — the return is worth the investment.