Add value with in­te­rior de­sign

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Home is a mul­ti­fac­eted sanc­tu­ary that should shel­ter, nur­ture, and pro­tect our well­ness in all forms. Home can of­fer a sense of place and en­rich our per­sonal lives. A tremen­dous amount of money is spent on new-home con­struc­tion, ren­o­va­tions, and re­mod­els. Spend­ing these dol­lars wisely is con­se­quen­tial, to be sure. I would like to dis­cuss the many ways that in­te­rior de­sign can add value on the books but also en­rich your lives.

We have all heard many al­lu­sions re­gard­ing what Home re­ally means and while I do not want to dis­count those sen­ti­ments, I want to ap­proach this from a prac­ti­cal stand­point. Here are some as­pects to take into con­sid­er­a­tion: Light­ing and elec­tri­cal needs Ever need to plug some­thing in and there is no con­ve­nient elec­tri­cal out­let? You wish you did not have to run ex­ten­sion cords and avoid trip­ping over them when mov­ing around a room. Not enough light­ing to eas­ily per­form tasks around the house can be a frus­trat­ing sit­u­a­tion. Your in­te­rior is beau­ti­fully ap­pointed, yet dis­ap­point­ing due to poor light­ing over­all. Skill­ful plan­ning with a knowl­edge­able pro­fes­sional can add ease to your day-to-day liv­ing.

Thought­ful fin­ishes ap­pro­pri­ate to their use and func­tion

Tile, wall fin­ishes, and floor­ing ma­te­ri­als should be se­lected with knowl­edge of the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the ma­te­ri­als. Not all tile is ap­pro­pri­ate for out­door use, for ex­am­ple. Tiles of spe­cific size and makeup may not be ap­pro­pri­ate for floor­ing. With so many vari­ables within prod­ucts and the sheer num­ber of what is avail­able it can be con­fus­ing to se­lect the right prod­uct for its use. Space plan­ning Mov­ing through a room com­fort­ably is one thing, but plan­ning all of the spa­ces in the home and the flow from room to room while com­pletely func­tion­ing with fur­nish­ings and life­style is an­other thing al­to­gether. A skill­ful space plan on pa­per be­fore build­ing or re­mod­el­ing is in­valu- able. A li­censed in­te­rior de­signer will bring these skills to the ta­ble. This will be in­valu­able in the com­fort of your liv­ing. Sources In­te­rior-de­sign firms with well-stocked li­braries and ex­ten­sive ac­cess to the lat­est and great­est re­sources can be valu­able in sav­ing you time and frus­tra­tion search­ing for the per­fect-look­ing and per­fectly per­form­ing ma­te­ri­als. Ap­pli­ca­tion of de­sign prin­ci­pals An in­te­rior de­signer can ef­fec­tively im­ple­ment de­sign prin­ci­ples to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful in­te­rior that suits you per­fectly. Yes, as an in­te­rior de­signer, I can com­bine el­e­ments that look great, but there is so much more in­volved. How ex­actly does one go about achiev­ing bal­ance, scale, pro­por­tion, rep­e­ti­tion, and har­mony in a de­sign? As a li­censed in­te­rior de­signer, I am re­spon­si­ble for the safety of the clients in the projects I am work­ing on. There are many build­ing codes and stip­u­la­tions that I must know in or­der tomake the space safe and in com­pli­ance with build­ing codes. In­te­rior de­sign is ab­so­lutely about cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful and func­tional liv­ing spa­ces, but the value added is cal­cu­lated in many forms.

Lisa Sa­muel ASID, IIDA, is a Santa Fe na­tive and prin­ci­pal of Sa­muel De­sign Group, lo­cated in down­town Santa Fe. She is an award-win­ning in­te­rior de­signer known for cre­at­ing unique in­te­ri­ors im­bued with warmth and el­e­gance. Sa­muel (info@ samuelde­sign­group.com) is pas­sion­ate about good de­sign that sup­ports well-be­ing.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Skill­ful use of ma­te­ri­als will give this home­owner many years of plea­sure, both vis­ually and func­tion­ally

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