Are you someone who follows all the latest fashion trends religiously? Is New York Fashion week your dream vacation? Is Vogue’s September issue your fashion bible? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re probably someone who prides themselves on knowing the latest fashion design trends and makes an effort to dress accordingly. If you are this invested in fashion, have you thought at all about product design, and more importantly, furniture and interior design at large?
To live a truly beautiful, artful and colorful life, surrounding yourself in a space with good design will only propel you further into the aesthetic harmony you desire. Consider this: what if your furniture was modeled on your fashion? Sitting in the living room or lying in the bedroom would be the setting of every gorgeous cover shoot. Want to learn how to stylize your home to meet the pure, elegant and full-bodied vigor of a Tom Ford film? Here’s how to do it.
It’s All in the Placement
Furniture placement is key when it comes to establishing a sense of purpose and depth in a space. The first thing you’re going to need to do is take out the tape measurer to get a clear and precise measurement of the room or rooms you are redesigning. Size matters when it comes to designing your living pace. If you have a small living room and fill it with big, bulky furniture it’s going to look cramped and cliché.
You will want your furnishings “scaled to create balance,” according to HGTV, in describing a room designed by interior designer Sarah Richardson. “Similarly scaled [furnishings] are more serene when used together, but a nice balance of pieces creates a harmonious atmosphere, utilizing the differing physical qualities of height, depth and width throughout a room. When furnishings are out of scale, […] it just won’t feel comfortable or right.” Have you ever visited a friend’s apartment and thought the furniture didn’t fit? It was probably because it really didn’t; size and placement are everything.
Fleshing it Out
Once you have determined which pieces fit best where, it’s time to accessorize. The sofa, chair, coffee table and floor lamp are just a skeleton for the room. The accessories (throw pillows, area rug, books, candle votives, etc.) flesh out the space and bring character into the room. A room made up of a chair and table is a sterile space that leaves users feeling cold and abrasive. Bringing in unique trinkets of different textures and colors livens the space and creates an interior world of tactility and playfulness. Isn’t that what fashion is? Isn’t fashion about experimentation, color and touch? Think of the throw pillows and votives as the space’s embellishments, they are room’s jewelry. What’s a good outfit without a fabulous statement piece? The same can be said of a room.
Lighting it Up
However, the room is still not finished. What’s missing? The lighting! How you light the space will determine how your users perceive the space is used. The room should have a mixture of task, overhead and ambient lighting, all set at different levels. Layered lighting levels create a warm and inviting atmosphere. But to help make you and your guests look like you’re really sitting in a magazine cover spread, Rich Brilliant Willing lighting (such an apt name!) sold by design companies like Lumens, help to create a rich, cultured and sleek atmosphere in the space that the master fashion photographer Annie Leibovitz herself captures in her artistry. When the lighting frames and shines a spotlight on the line, color and fabric of the pieces, you will have designed a room straight out of Architectural Digest.
Bring your passions to every point in your life. Only then will you truly be happy. Beauty after all, makes the world go round.