BARRY DU BOIS
Planning to build or renovate? Let Barry Du Bois show you how to achieve the best design outcome for your project.
Meet the renovating and building expert and read his guide to design.
S SELF AND SELF-AWARENESS
Many people search photo libraries for inspiration for their space. This may help when refining details later in the process, but remember that magazines and photo galleries are snapshots of other people’s lives. For a design to work, it must turn on all your emotions – and to have that strength the first consideration must be the relationship you want to have with others in the space. Analyse that relationship: how you want to use the space and how you want the guests who will share the space to feel. Put these thoughts in writing, reorganise them in order of importance and refer back to them.
E ENTRY AND EXIT
Architecture can’t force people to connect, it can only plan the crossing points and stage the journey.
How you orientate an entry not only determines the start and finish of your journey (which should never be rushed), it should also hint at the personalities of the occupants and of the space. The way you allow movement through the space is a great start to turn on many emotions. Be surprising but balanced; allow a moment at the entry to your space to enjoy the focal point or vista.
Your niche is your identity; it’s what makes you “you”. Designers love to talk about the “wow factor” and how to impress others, but what is the “wow factor”? The term is often used without any connection to your personality. In every space we want to give a cheeky glimpse of our personality, and we do this with a
focal point, sometimes a vista, an artwork or an inherited piece of furniture. It may be dark and intriguing or bright and exciting but, most importantly, it should lift your gaze and entice you into the space.
Colour and texture are the layers which identify a space as yours, and can tie different spaces or zones together. Don’t let anyone tell you that a colour or texture doesn’t work. Be bold or be subtle, but be honest to yourself and the people who will inhabit the space.
I’ve always been passionate about our environment and that’s amplified since the birth of my twins, Bennet and Arabella. During any project, I consider not just this lifetime but how what I do today will affect my children’s life and their planet. The health and wellbeing of the materials and coatings you use will be reflected and recognised in the soul of your space and designs.
S SUNLIGHT & MECHANICAL LIGHT
If not considered, artificial light will dull your senses and drain the space you have created of all life and personality. Light is the final layer of your space, the one that changes regularly and without reference. Nothing plays on your senses and emotions like light, whether it’s the morning glow of the sun, the dance of the moon or the mood set by mechanical light.
Consider my Design SENSES but also create and develop your own to take control of your space. Next issue? I’ll be making a fun and useful DIY project – see you then.
“In every space we want to give a cheeky glimpse of our personality with a focal point.”
Keeping it real
A source of natural light gives a room mood and personality.
Be bold or subtle with colour and texture .