When designing our own interiors, various motives guide us. People choose the style and character of their home or space based on many factors.
Key Motives in Interior Design
Personal Taste and Preferences:
Individual taste is a key factor in choosing the interior style. People select decorative elements, colors, and materials that align with their personal style and preferences.
Function and Purpose of Space: The character and style of an interior often depend on the function and purpose of the space. For example, an office interior will have a different character than a bedroom, and a kitchen will differ from a living room.
Inspiration: People often seek inspiration from various sources such as interior magazines, websites, social media, interior design TV shows, travels, or local culture. Inspiration can come from diverse sources and influence the choice of style.
Budget: Budget is a significant limiting factor in choosing the style and character of an interior. Choices are adapted to available financial resources, opting for solutions that fit within the budget.
Practicality and Comfort: Practical aspects of the interior, such as functionality, comfort, and storage availability, are considered. Utility is as important as aesthetics.
Current Trends: Some individuals choose the interior style in line with current interior design trends. Fashion and trends can influence color choices, furniture, and decorations.
Culture and Traditions: For some, culture, traditions, and family heritage are crucial factors determining the choice of interior style. They may incorporate elements related to their culture into the decoration.
Community and Others’ Opinions: Some people may consider the opinions of family, friends, or other community members when choosing the style and character of their interior. The final choice is often a combination of these factors, and each person may have their own priorities and preferences.Understanding these aesthetic decision-making factors allows us to reflect on what truly matters to us.
In my professional experience, clients often express the need to tell a story through their interiors. These narratives showcase personal preferences, a bit of history, artifacts, and memorabilia – elements actively shaping their lives. On the other hand, some clients prefer to blend seamlessly into prevailing trends, creating interiors that are contemporary and stylistically current. Storytelling is a highly creative way of shaping a project, offering a broader range of expression, eliminating rigid rules, and allowing for more freedom. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the result of our work enhances the user’s life both aesthetically and functionally.
Our lives aren’t always Instagram-friendly; the traces of our presence should not render the interior unattractive. Architects, by designing interiors or architecture, script a significant portion of our lives, influencing our habits, whether positive or less commendable. Whether we function in an open space or enclosed within our zones at home affects our relationships. Sterility in interiors imposes sterility in life. While some find this appealing, many crave more freedom. What may visually seem like a fantastically minimalist interior can turn into a lifeless place in reality, devoid of positive energy.
Interior Design Trends
Currently, several interior design trends dominate. Minimalism still has its advocates, while warm earth tones in reds and browns, associated with eco-culture, have gained popularity. The trend of “bare food design” involves natural materials combined with well-chosen details and art to emphasize our connection with nature. Second-hand shopping, environmentally friendly and allowing for unique arrangements, is also on the rise.
Interiors in Practice
Analyzing different examples, such as the $54 million apartment overlooking Central Park or Kanye West’s Yeezy Home project, highlights diverse approaches to interior design. However, the interpretation of the place, time, and action is crucial. Misinterpreting the context of our interior and its resulting consequences can lead to seemingly attractive designs becoming impractical or mismatched in a specific setting. Ultimately, our interiors should enhance our lives, aligning with our values and aspirations.