In 2LG Studio’s Guide to Interior Design, Jordan and Russell reveal their process for developing an ‘interiors roadmap’. Designed to help you focus your ideas, this roadmap will give you the tools to achieve your dream home and can be used no matter what stage you are at in a renovation. It’ll empower you to make design decisions that bring joy and personality into any space, as well as helping you to design a home that works for you and your family.
Clear away your mobile devices and laptop, and instead get out some paper and a pencil or biro. This will help you slow down and focus on what is important to you without the distraction of external inspiration. It will encourage you to really look within and establish what you need from your home environment. 2LG Studio recommend sitting together as a family or a couple, making sure that everyone has their own paper and pencil so that they can each individually start their own interior design roadmap.
Work separately on your roadmaps as you will be sharing your ideas later on. Think about what you want from your interior. Start by writing down three colours that you love and that you would like to experience in your home. Try not to think about which specific room or finishes you would like to see in these colours, keep it very general at the moment. Focus on colours that you personally love, you don’t have to follow trends, this is all about you.
Pick three feelings you would like to experience in your home. How would you like your home to make you feel? It could be relaxed, uplifting, or happy. For example, in the bedroom, you might want to feel invigorated when you wake up, therefore this could lead you to opt for a lightweight curtain so that in the mornings you are woken up by natural light. Although feelings might seem abstract, there is a way of tying those feelings into the function of the room.
Pick three functions that reflect the activities and day-to-day things that you will be doing in your living space. This won’t be able to encompass everything so just pick the things that are most important to you, it might be sleeping, working, cooking. According to 2LG Studio, this all depends on what is most important to you.
Think about the three materials that you like the most, how they feel, how they look, the colour and texture of them; it could be wood, concrete, and metal. Alternatively, it could be gold, silver, and velvet. It can be as varied as you like, while you are doing this exercise think about the whole project, try not to think about exactly where those materials will feature.
Give your project a title. The point here is to create a title that gives you the feel, vibe, or instant tagline to express what you want out of the space. Choose something that isn’t too reductive and gives you room to manoeuvre. For example, 2LG Studio’s own home project title was called ‘joyful minimalism’. You can be as creative as you like, some of 2LG’s clients have called their projects ‘smash hits of Soho’, ‘Who run the world, girls’, and ‘Miss Crawford’s Bladerunner Boudoir’. The key takeaway is to just have fun with it, think of something that makes you feel excited or happy. When developing a title get inspiration from a range of genres such as your favourite song or film. Borrow different words and come up with a name that encapsulates what you are trying to do.
Now bring your ideas together with the rest of your household. Don’t worry if you have completely different ideas because you will, we are all individual people and we all live differently. This is when the negotiation process begins so make sure that you can narrow all of your collective choices back down to three selections for each category. Doing this part of the process will enable you to make elements of everyone’s preferences part of your home. Following this roadmap process will provide you with a useful tool, should you get stuck with tough decisions, or if you find yourself lost at any point in the design or decorating process.
Throughout the process of creating your roadmap focus on the narrative rather than the visuals to help build the communication and the story behind your home. Narrowing your choices down to three per category is critical because it forces you to explore and really focus on the elements that you have chosen, which makes you think hard about what you want.
If you found this interior design lesson helpful and encouraging then you can discover more about 2LG Studio’s process in their online interior design course below.
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