In the design of harmonious environments, not only the function and the people occupying the space need to be considered, but also the impact of the elements. How are the properties of water, earth, fire, air/wind and space present? So often we forget that we as sensory beings are integral parts of the larger mandala of the phenomenal world around us. All these forces of nature are not only present in our surroundings, but they are also active within us.
When I am working with a new client I attend to these energetic forces and how they manifest in all aspects of the environment. When one aspect is out of harmony, being overly dominant or too weak, the experience of the space is unsettling and discordant.
Normally when we think of elements of design it is in the context of line, shape and color. But I want to talk about elements as those forces found in nature that are also integral in the design of interior space. This particular post will be on the role of earth in a balanced interior design.
|Coral Mushroom and Leaves - c. 2012|
|Before - entry from the front hallway|
|Before - Looking towards entry towards front hallway|
The owner loves plants and had populated, some might say overpopulated, the space with hanging plants of all shapes and sizes. Wall space above the windows was used for artwork. The passageways into the room were partially blocked by a large chest and a curio cabinet.
|Before - Chest blocking passage to dining area|
|After - Entry from front hallway|
coordinate with most of the furniture, and a modern graphic area rug was added in front of the fireplace.
|After - Looking towards dining area entry|
|After - Even the dog feels more comfortable|