There is an obvious point in the design process where your angst begins to overly influence you. The open questions continue to outnumber the answers. Previously in this space we discussed a potential solution. That is to consider a few ideas from nature. There is cool website, www.freshome.com, that we read and try to absorb on a regular basis. They recently gave us a post entitled “10 Design Lessons You Can Learn From Nature”. Perhaps we should take a look at the last five ideas for todays post.
Natural Cycles – The inevitable structure of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter give us a natural cadence to play with. Why not brighten things up in the Spring and warm up a space in the Winter. Simple enough ? After all freshome.com says that, “the beauty of the natural world is all around us, just waiting to inspire your home decor—you just need to stop for a moment, taking it all in and then replicating it within your home”.
Details Matter – Note that every small item in nature has a purpose. So too should every element in a design plan!
Change – Freshome tells us, “nature is never constant–everything is growing and changing”. Be prepared to do the same.
Obstacles – Again from freshome.com, “just as a tree root grows around boulders to get to a water source, we need to work around our homes obstacles”. For example, don’t let a strange legacy floor plan inhibit your creativity in a re-model. Roll with it and see what might happen!
Be Diverse – Nature is bio-diverse in form, color and texture to name just a few. Take a cue from that approach in any space.
Stone is a great example of a natural element for modern interiors. Materials Marketing has ten showrooms where you can see that very idea in practice. Stop in and visit!