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Is Your Interior Design Inspired by Your Home's Architecture?

Is Your Interior Design Inspired by Your Home's Architecture?

I recently spent the weekend in an 1882 cotton mill building in New Orleans, which was converted into upscale condos about 10 years ago. The two-bedroom loft apartment was modernized with all the must-have amenities, but the renovation preserved the original architecture and historic elements including exposed brick walls, five-by-12-foot windows, worn wood floor planks, and 12- to 17-foot ceilings.

Staying there, I had a serious case of design envy. I imagined how I would decorate it if it were mine, and kept coming back to the style of industrial design. I'd love to use a peg leg cart in the living room and raw steel stools at the kitchen counter, and maybe paint the walls a pewter gray with pops of orange in the accessories. I guess I've never lived in a place with so much history, but the chance to design a home inspired by its own architecture seems really exciting to me. My own décor is basically just chosen more by what styles appeal to me lately.

How about you? Is your own interior design inspired by your home's architecture and history? Or is it defined by your own style?

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Akasha Akasha 7 years
My last place was designed based on the architecture of the building as it was an old paper mill made into lofts, but unfortunately I had to move, so my new place is kind of designed with the elements of the previous place and some new stuff to gel it more with the new space.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Absolutely. I want there to be a cohesion between our home's architecture and it's interior design. Also, our home's (authentic) retro elements are done very well. I selected an interior design style that high-lighted the home's inherent style. On the other hand, my landscape design has taken a SLIGHT departure from our home's architecture. For the landscape design, I considered the micro-climate on our property, and my personal criteria of having drought tolerant plants (in the interest of water conservation and lower maintenance). As far as the aesthetic, I wanted something modern and edgy. The result? I'm ending up with a landscape that is modern, geometric, textural, with a minimalist bent. On the modern spectrum, I think my landscape design pushes the envelope more than the property's architecture and interior design. Well, that's the landscape I like.
taylvs3 taylvs3 7 years
i have a loft apt. in a former 115 yr. old factory, and i gravitated toward a mid-century style i felt complemented the architecture, but mixed with antiques.
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