While attending my third Pilates class last week, I found myself pondering several components of my exercise routine, as they relate to the principles of interior design. As I was being slowly tortured to death on a contraption called “The Reformer”, one of the most obvious elements that popped into my head was FLEXIBILITY! In Pilates, flexibility is not always an attribute attained with great ease or comfort. In fact, when you think about it, the same is true with regard to interior design. Often, we decide exactly where we think a piece of furniture or an accessory should be placed, and allowing ourselves to be flexible enough to imagine a new plan is quite a daunting task. However, it can actually be quite fun to come up with new and creative ways to “recycle” your existing design pieces!
So, how do you accomplish this task? Well, looking back to one of the previous design concepts this week, we learned that we need to start with good “bones”. As you may remember, the best foundation for a space begins with a neutral paint color, a few different shades of which can be carried throughout several rooms in your home. One of the main reasons I love to design in this way is because it is extremely easy to swap furniture and accessories from one room to another.
For example, I CONSTANTLY find myself rearranging everything in my living room and reading nook! I guess it is truly in my “designer genes” to crave the frequent creation of a fresh look in my home. However, if I actually purchased all new accessories and furniture every time I decided to scratch that itch, there is no doubt that I would be penniless (and minus one fabulous hubby, as well!). Therefore, “flexibility” in my design world is an absolute MUST! Like you, I typically choose a piece of furniture with a specific placement in mind. However, as things are ever-shifting in my home, my “favorite chair” may no longer work in that “perfect spot”. When that happens, a little “stretching” of my imagination is required to find a new locale that coordinates with the new furniture arrangement! And again, beginning with a neutral background – and furniture that is able to blend in several rooms! – is the easiest way to achieve this type of mix-n-match design!
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!