Tuesday, October 5, 2010

part 2: interior design is about…emotion

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.

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