Interior Designing – How much is too much?
Most of the times, when tackling the art of interior design and home renovation, we might not remember to hold our hand back. In such scenarios, the end result end up being a garish interpretation of ideas that had seemed elegant and sophisticated in our head. People tend to lean towards the rich – textures, materials, spaced etc. – when it comes to selecting a material palate. In this case, no matter how easy to handle your design is, the excess of texturing would always, always take a front seat to the idea in your head.
So when you take on a home renovation endeavor, ask yourself this – how much is too much? Where do I stop? At what point should I start curbing the ideas? When you implement to may scenarios in one space, the end product tends to come out a bit worse for wear; cluttered, disorganized and definitely garish. Let’s take a look at a few examples of this phenomena and determine what not to do.
When you determine your color palate, it is important to choose the accompanying colors to suit it perfectly. You have to study the color wheel properly and determine the best contrast that appeals to your eye. The problem with this color scheme is that it chose not a color, but a hue to be the contrast. The result is less than gratifying as the space turned out to be especially dull. The material palate in turn became too monotonous and boring while the lighting seems a little bit too out of context – gold over cool colors.
Harmony of materials and fixtures
When the color scheme checks out with an appropriate contrast, it is time to create a balance of materials and fixtures. As you can see below, the ornate chandelier would have been perfectly at home in this kitschy setting had it not been for the overly florid ostentatiousness of the red fabrication. Not only does it take away from the aesthetic of the space, it tries to be pseudo traditional in an otherwise contemporary setting, tipping the balance a bit too low on the design scales in the wrong direction.
When you work in linear formations, you have to be very careful about balancing proportions – especially when you are working with the vertical axis. Vertical lines make for a bold statement, which if combined with an equally bold color scheme tends to a bit too much. Keep in mind the dimensions of the space – the smaller it is, the more opaque you have to be with your design. Going bold in small space with actual lines creates a garish interior design.
Even when you have the right color scheme for the right dimensions of space, you have to be careful while selecting a material plate. Too much texture can take away the class from any interior space. The image below is the perfect representation of such a mistake – the organza curtains with the kitschy wallpaper make for a less than savory material scheme.