Everyone has had the experience of walking into a room and feeling like they have been transported to another place. This can be a feeling of safety, of luxury, or of fun. When you are designing your home, cafe, retail space, or AirBnb you want to create a space that transports to another place—a place that makes you feel good, feel accepted, feel at home. These feelings may vary for different people. Someone might feel most at home in a Barbie themed cafe while others feel safe and accepted in a space with vintage wallpaper that reminds them of their grandmother's house.
Have you ever walked into a room and felt like you were transported to another place entirely? Whether it's a stunningly decorated hotel lobby or your friend's cozy home office, there are certain interior spaces that just have a way of making you feel like you're in a different world. If you've ever found yourself wondering how to create such an effect in your own home, then this blog post is for you! Keep reading to learn how to design interior spaces that make you feel transported.
No matter what "transported" means to you, the most important thing when designing a space is to...
Choose a feeling and run with it.
What feeling do you want to evoke? Do you want your home to be a place of relaxation? Of fun? Of luxury? Once you have decided on the feeling, you can start to design around it.
For a space that evokes relaxation, consider using soothing colors or hues that are similar to nature. Incorporate natural elements like wood, stone and fill the space with plants and greenery. Find furniture with more of an organic footprint or pieces that sit closer to the ground. The goal is to create a space that feels like an oasis—a place where you can unwind and relax after a long day.
If you want your home to be a place of fun, then go wild with color and patterns. Use furniture that is playful and unique. Draw inspiration from things that you find fun! Maybe this is the beach and you find palm tree standing lamps to anchor the ends of your couch. Make sure you keep your eye on color palettes and proportions. The use of too many colors or too many large items can cause the space to feel chaotic. Try to balance it by using math (I know, so not fun haha). If you are using teal, pink, cobalt and coral give yourself percentages to follow. For example maybe the space is 40% pink, 20% coral, 30% cobalt and 10% teal.
And if luxury is what you are after then focus on incorporate rich materials like silk, velvet, stone and leather into your design. These materials don't have to cost you a fortune- you can find them second hand or purchase a statement piece that is expensive and design around that. One key to making a space feel expensive is lighting. You will want to invest in LED light strips - add them under the counters, in the pots of your plants, and even behind your headboard. The lighting, combined with lush fabrics and textiles will create a space that feels indulgent—a place where you can escape the everyday grind and treat yourself like royalty.
1. Pay attention to the little details.
When you're designing a space, it's important to pay attention to even the smallest details. The reason why small details can have such a big impact is because they help create a sense of cohesion and overall cohesive feeling in a space. For example, if you're using different shades of blue in your design, make sure that the lightest shade is used sparingly and the darkest shade is used more abundantly. This will create a sense of balance and visual interest that will help transport your guests to another place.
2. Incorporate different textures.
using texture is another great way to make a space feel more interesting and transporting. Incorporate different textures throughout your design by using rugs, throws, pillows, and even different types of materials for your furniture. For example, if you have a couch upholstered in silk, try adding a wool throw blanket or some velvet pillows to give it more depth and dimension.
3. Use fragrance strategically.
In addition to visual elements, scent can also be used to transport your guests to another place. Be strategic with the fragrances you use in your home – choose one that evokes the feeling or atmosphere you're going for. For example, if you want your space to feel like a luxury hotel suite, try using a luxurious-scented candle or diffuser oil. On the other hand, if you're going for a more relaxed vibe, try using a citrus or floral scent.
4. Bring nature inside.
There's something about nature that has the power to instantly transport us away from our everyday lives and into another world entirely. One of the best ways to incorporate this feeling into your own home is by bringing nature inside through plants, flowers, and even stones and fossils. Not only will these elements add visual interest and texture to your space, but they'll also help purify the air and create an overall more relaxing atmosphere.
5.(optional) Incorporate technology tastefully.(small paragraph) While technology has become increasingly commonplace in our homes over the past few years, it doesn't have to be an eyesore. If done correctly, incorporating technology into your design can actually enhance the transporting effect of your space.(add how)
For example, if you have a TV in your living room, consider hiding it away behind gorgeous curtains or placing it on top of an elegantmedia console . This will help it blend into your design rather than stick out like a sore thumb. Similarly, if you have any cords or wires visible, invest in some cord covers or wire management solutions so they're not as noticeable . A few small changes can make all the difference!(end with call-to-action sentence)
No matter what feeling you want to evoke in your home, there are ways to design around it so that you can feel transported every time you step into the room. To be fully immersed and transformed it is best to play out your theme to really engulf your senses. However that doesn't mean you have to! Live your best life and combine all the themes until you are creating a space you are happy with. The most important thing is to create a space that is uniquely yours—a space that makes you feel good every time you walk through the door.