There is a typical point in the design process where your angst begins to overly influence things. The open questions continue to outnumber the answers. Previously in this space we discussed a potential solution. That is to consider Natural Design Part Two. There is cool website, www.freshome.com, that we read and try to absorb on a regular basis. They 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 this post.
Natural Cycles – The inevitable structure of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter give us a natural cadence to work with. Why not brighten things up in the Spring and warm up a space in the Winter. Simple enough right? 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 – In particular, note that every small item in nature has a purpose. So too should every element in a design plan have one!
Change – Freshome tells us, “nature is never constant–everything is growing and changing”. Be prepared to do the same from a design standpoint.
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 strangely configured 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 and do not be afraid to layer.
Stone, for example, is a great example of nature “in action”. Make it your friend in the design process. Thanks for reading. Our locations are here.