WHAT MAKES A HOME?
What makes a home? It seems like a simple question, but the answer is a little more complex. In many ways, homes embody how we live and see ourselves. And these spaces evolve when we focus on what makes us happy. This is sometimes easier said than done, though. It requires reflection and thoughtful choices, but it is a rewarding process. When we create a place that meets our needs and expresses our character, we enrich our lives.
When you walk into some homes, they instantly feel welcoming. And it’s not just because you enjoy the company or admire the decor – although both help. There’s something else. The space feels authentic, a genuine reflection of the person or family who lives there.
The traditional way to design a house is from the outside in: starting with the walls and finding ways to fill the structure from a checklist of rooms, furniture and collections. The humanist approach puts a person at the heart of a space. As the designer Emile Azan of ChameleonDesigns says, we must ask the big questions first. What does our home mean to us? How do we want to feel in it? What do we value? It’s an inside-out approach that considers how we engage with and experience a space.
That’s not to say you need lots of money or status to create a beautiful home. One of the ways of achieving this is colour. Colour psychology, devised By Angela Wright in the 1990”s categorised people as autumn, summer, spring or winter. Emile and his team at Chameleon Designs Interiors says, a lot of people can’t choose a colour so end up going for grey!
With each new season, the big interior brands try to persuade us to repaint our homes teal, millennial pink, or cactus green with copper accessories, but an Interior Designer will help you find a style and stick to it, as well as helping with the space planning and making the best of your home. While I love Pintrest and Instagram, I am concerned these are blindly encouraging us to follow trends. Colour adds a spot of personality; so which season are you?
Spring homes have lots of busy prints and light, bright colours, modern design, pale wood furniture and glossy surfaces. The style is upbeat, optimistic, energetic and youthful.
Summer homes are English, elegant, muted and feature subtle colours, with a soft romantic style and bit of formality. “Summer people are attracted to tradition and will look to the past for inspiration. They have a love of nature and the overall look is understated.
Autumn homes are cosy, homely and intense and use rich colours such as teal and mustard. Autumn homeowners will like vintage, up cycling, and handmade items. William Morris is 100 per cent Autumn.
Winter homes are stark, with graphics and cutting edge style. In this category, it’s the best of everything. You can get polar opposites from minimalist to crazy maximalist homes. Colours are strong and high impact and include cobalt blue, mimosa yellow and blacks.
As an Interior Designer, working in Norfolk, Suffolk and Norwich we always work with clients to envisage something that reflects their personality, and turns a house into a home. We can look at the internal flow, how you use your home and what reflects you as an individual.