When you imagine your brand new or newly renovated space what does it contain? Walls, ceilings, windows, stairs, doors, drywall, paint, baseboard, doorstops, subfloor, railings... OK, I am willing to bet that you are not picturing the drywall, but you are instead imagining the overall feeling of the space. It is the interaction of the design elements, like the cabinetry, the tile, the sun-drenched hardwood floors, and the view to the outdoors from a couch that make you feel like you want to be in that space.
Although a space is constructed of parts, lots of parts, the whole is a sum of both architecture and interior design. Interior design is crucial to completing the architecture and interior design cannot happen without architecture. What we want are our spaces to feel whole; architecture and interior design complement each other in making the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
Interior design includes making a space functional and beautiful with fixtures, finishes and furnishings. Designing an interior includes choosing paint colors, tiles and tile pattern layout, flooring and flooring installation direction, pendant lighting height, wallpaper, furnishings, appliance finishes, etc. Right-sizing all of these components so that a dining table isn't too big for the dining room, for example, is really important. As is placement, such as where on a kitchen counter the faucet should be mounted so that the water hits just the right place in the sink. Architecture provides the palette for these elements. Interior design then brings out the best in the architecture and in turn architecture brings out the best in interior design.
SweisKloss, as a design + construct firm, provides architecture and interior design thoughtfully designed and constructed together. The result is a seamlessly integrated well-imagined whole.