Having time to myself allows me to take my life’s audit, reflect on several things and discover new interests. Indeed, that’s how I stumbled into the world of fashion and interior design.

Scholars say “art is an expression”, the artist proceeds to express feelings and ideas in paint, stone, fabric, furniture or the like. By clarifying them, the artist achieves a release of tension. Decorating spaces, creating some sort of patterns and order is an escape for me. An empty space gives me the freedom to create whatever I want from it, freedom I must add that could be a challenge in most professions.

While some people are rigid with their spaces and they maintain a theme through out their house, I prefer being flexible and the pieces in the space must be of certain personal sentiments to me rather than merely a trending style. Trends are good but I never allow them to replace my personal opinion and principles. Loosing my entire identity in something is just not appealing.

For instance, I like being surrounded with wood, it allows me to connect to history, nature and the great outdoors. This explains my preference for antique and rustic furniture designs. In contrast, I may incorporate trendy, modern and fragile material like glass and metal. They give me a futuristic feeling in a room. However, I will minimise use of these “trendy” materials in my spaces. First and foremost, their high maintenance characterics. Secondly, they make the space seem “cold” and “distant”!

The key to creating an aesthetically pleasing interior involves tastefully balancing the elements:

1. Space:

It is the working area available for different purposes. There should be a balance between positive and negative spaces. If the space is empty more pieces are needed. On the other hand, if furniture or art already exists probably rearrangements, removal and replacements may be necessary.

2. Line:

It creates shape and form in a given space. Looking at an area you should be able to see a distinct flow either along horizontal, vertical or curved lines.

3. Form:

It is the shape which gives an outline to the object. It is either a natural or abstract shape. It should establish balance and harmony in the space.

4. Light:

It illuminates the work or living area. The idea is to utilize maximum natural light during the day and this can be enhanced by choice of windows, doors and ventilators. Artificial light at night time should allow users perform their routine while blending with the design to avoid eye strain.

5. Colour:

It should be comfortable and functional. There are different types and shades of colours to choose from, however, they can affect the user psychologically and should be carefully selected inspite of personal preference.

6. Texture:

It is the feeling created looking at an object. This can be visual or actual feeling relating to this object. Pieces in a room communicate with a person and not everyone who looks at it will get the same connection from it. It can be offensive or welcoming.

7. Pattern:

It is a repetitive design that can also be offensive or welcoming. It may be in form of shapes, lines or colour. It gives continuity and smooth transition into a living space.

These are a few ideas relating to design work. It is more technical than you can imagine and it is recommended that you leave it to the professionals rather than throw pieces and ideas all over the place making it look like a train wreck instead of a masterpiece! In some cases, it is advisable to remove yourself from the equation and get ideas from a neutral perspective for successful results.

In summary, interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space. Something I stumbled into because I had time to myself. The Italians were right with their famous phrase, “Dolce Far Niente” meaning “The Joy of Doing Nothing”.