The equinox of interior design

We Studio Berlin

As we currently skim past shorter days and longer nights with the official start of the winter solstice, part of us begins to crave the balance and comfiness of the equinox seasons. What if we told you there is a way to fast-forward or at least, bring some of the harmony and reliability that we seek in our homes? The way to do this is by looking at interior design from an astronomical parting point and imagining an equinox as the delicate balance achieved when design elements harmoniously coalesce within a space. This might not be visible with the naked eye, but we can certainly appreciate it the way an environment aligns functionality, aesthetics, and personal expression in this universe of design. 

Jesse Paris Lamb

Finding harmony in winter

This winter, as people spend more time indoors, seeking comfort and solace from the cold temperatures, the season prompts us to create a counterbalance for the harsh outdoor conditions. This is how we come to face the long nights with soft and natural lighting, and combat the chilliness with warm colors, tactile features, and thick textures. Additionally, thanks to the various lifestyles shaped and promoted by the ongoing global circumstances, the ability to choose a personalized interior design, facilitates productivity, relaxation, and adaptability all in one. This is precisely what an equinox highlights as this unique event teaches us the art of patience while waiting for its arrival, and the importance of equilibrium not just for nature but within design to support well-being and functionality at our homes. 

Decus Interiors

Approaches to achieve equilibrium

Functionality and layout

Just remember the three key actions: assess, adapt, and organize. Sounds familiar? These everyday methods that we use to tackle any situation, task, or decision also apply to the development of our interior design. Naturally, before interfering with any interior, we must first evaluate the functionality of each room and take into account aspects such as the traffic flow, furniture placement, and space utilization. After that we can take this assessment further and optimize an interior by accounting for flexibility, designing spaces that can be adapted further to accommodate different activities or our changing needs. Moreover, to actually enjoy these features, organization is a key aspect that also ensures our sense of tranquility by keeping the clutter safely tucked within smart storage solutions. Out of sight, out of mind right? 

Simone Haag

Aesthetics and atmosphere

Factors such as the decor, accessories, and personal touches are up to individual tastes. We cannot tell you the secret equation for beauty but we can provide a hint of advice on how to enhance your personalized touches by giving them the emphasis and care they deserve. For example, consider something as simple as lighting which actually plays a strong role in our perception of a space. By maximizing natural light where possible and incorporating layered lighting with ambient, task, and accent lighting, you will notice how the mood and center of focus suddenly shift in the direction you desire. Now, imagine if this visual effect were reinforced by a color scheme resonating with your preferences and transforming under the strategic glow of your desired lighting. Just like the play with light and shadows, color and light can create a transfixing image that suits perfectly the incorporation of texture through soft and cozy fabrics and natural materials like wood or stone

Studio Lawahl

Well-being and comfort

Let’s shift our focus now to a more personal and humane aspect of interior design; we are talking about the emotional and physical connection between interiors and ourselves. Of course, the aesthetic appeal has a visible effect in enhancing our mood and creativity; however as the complex creatures we are, we also require elements that stimulate various aspects of our personas such as our inherent relationship with nature. Studies have already shown how incorporating natural elements such as plants, organic furniture, or nature-inspired decor, infuses a sense of calmness similar to what we find outdoors. This also ties in with our consciousness for creating mindful spaces with comfortable and ergonomic furniture catered to relaxation, self-reflection, or the joy of practicing our hobbies. What is more wholesome and rejuvenating than this? 


Personalization and inspiration

Just like an equinox marks the equilibrium point between light and darkness, a design philosophy that merges personalization with functionality also values balance. Personalization, on the one hand gives meaning to your surroundings, for yourself and for others. Meanwhile, motivational or inspirational touches such as uplifting artwork, vision boards, or tokens of your personal achievements, infuse a space subtly with purpose and positivity.  Our interiors are, after all, the spaces where we ought to find the encouragement to grow, experiment, and support our goals and aspirations. 


The key aspect of an equinox translated to interior design

Viewing our interiors and adopting a design strategy through the lens of the equinox holds a significant meaning for a balanced approach; especially one that mimics the natural equilibrium within the changing seasons. Embracing this perspective reflects the importance we give to personal comfort, self-expression, and functionality, rather than placing emphasis on solely one of these aspects. Taking a lesson from the natural world, we can create nurturing, versatile, and inviting sanctuaries that remain relevant across each season. 

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