Written by Ingrid Gorissen
For a home to be good, it needs to be beautiful as being beautiful, it creates Joy and delight for people.
“Beauty is the promise of happiness.”
Beauty in design comes from the core principals of spacial organisation, materials selections, light and shade, and even forms.
*It is easy to know when an interior space feels comfortable and pleasant.
*It is easy to know when a house is interesting to look at and attracts the viewer with meaning and happiness.
For me, that is beauty.
Homes should make you feel comfortable.
I like homes that have a connection with nature, as nature has beauty in its purest form.
It is proven that contact with nature can enhance our mental health and especially in these hard to deal with covid times, this is something that with a little effort, can bring great benefits for our wellbeing.
As well as invigorating and rejuvenating us, nature can reduce stress, depression, anger, and frustration, improve our mood and physical health, enhance focus and clarity, and promote a sense of belonging, calm and acceptance.
In my home, I certainly want to foster a feeling of comfort and safety and offer respite and shelter for my family.
Ideas about how easily bring BEAUTY into our homes:
- Use natural materials for your furnishings, ornaments and/or home construction
- Incorporate nature prints on furnishings, art, or wallpaper
- Introduce natural pot plants
- Open up your home to natural light
- Open the windows and doors
- Create a natural garden you can look at from inside
- Use natural scents
- Install a water feature
- Add texture
In the presence of beautiful things, we feel a broad range of emotions, such as fascination, awe, wonder and admiration. We can feel these emotions through vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell, the five senses which transfers information to the brain to help us understand and perceive the world around us.
What’s beautiful and what’s not?
- In Day-to-day life it is a combination of things that are pleasing to look at.
- In Design it means something like a combination of things that are pleasing to look at based on colour combinations, proportions, and compositions.
- In Nature its often the perception of light and shade.
Beauty in design has a real impact on our lives and wellbeing as it stimulates our senses and ultimately making the world a better place.
Life can be destructive in places that lack beauty.
The crime rate in well-designed places is lower as people feel better and happier in nice places.
In Design we combine aesthetics and functionality.
The design’s main task is to make spaces functional, and the aesthetics come second.
When the design is done right, you don’t have to choose between aesthetics and functionality.
They are intwined but good design is when they work perfectly together.
Beauty is key to everything, and design is a conversation with the once you design for.
As a designer I like helping people to find their own unique beauty.
When I can connect in a way that people step out of their comfort zone and trust to create an individual design with an emotional result that awes them, I feel my goal has been reached.