A musical reinterpretation of interior design

Neda Mirani

Those who follow the rhythm of their own beat are more in tune with the amalgam of symphonies that make up their surroundings. Likewise, interiors that are aware of the sensory experiences that shape our understanding of the world, are also more creative and humane through their artistic sensibility. In fact, when viewed through a musical lens, interior design can resonate with its own unique melody, dedicated by the interplay of elements, colors, textures, and furnishings. Just like the harmonies and tones in a musical composition, the design and arrangement choices we make, establish the mood of the overall work. Thus, if a well-composed and touching music piece evokes certain emotions, a thoughtful interior can also elicit a range of feelings that lead to a harmonious and immersive environment. 

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In more concrete words, the key to a harmonious interior composition takes inspiration from the musical world in its thematic vision. This means, breaking the design process into various categories that require us to pay attention to the spatial layout, incorporate a variety of congruent elements, balancing scale and proportion, mastering the use of lighting in our favor, and infusing our own touch of individuality. By balancing this orchestra of design elements we can find ourselves in spaces that resonate both aesthetic appeal and functional coherence. Here is how we do it:

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Establishing the foundation melody

What musicians refer to as foundation melody, is similar to the act of setting up a theme or design concept in the world of interior design. Both areas require a starting base that will serve to establish cohesion and guide further decisions during the design process. For example, one might want to play a minimalist tune using neutral light tones as the foundation melody for the overall design theme with some upbeat notes interlaced in the form of modern, colorful artwork or simple but textured furniture

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Adding structure

After settling for a catchy tune that resonates with you, the next step is to give it a structure through spatial layout. Just as a musical composition is made up of sections and movements that guide musicians through the melody, your interior space also needs a well-though-out flow to guide not just the design but also visitors through each space. This deliberate arrangement goes beyond aesthetics as it considers the proportions of each element to ensure that they complement each other in scale and function. Additionally, creating a spatial rhythm that feels natural, should also incorporate transitional aspects such as open sightlines, consistent flooring, or open doorways that retain a seamless connection between areas. 

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Playing with a variety of tones and harmonies

Similarly to the tones and varieties that can exist within a single musical composition, interiors can also be enriched and deepened with a diverse yet complimentary range of textures, colors, and materials. This might seem overwhelming at first, so a good way to start is by selecting a cohesive color palette that unifies the space and then moving on to different textures and materials that complement the color and are distributed evenly throughout the space. For example, if you have a predominantly earthy palette of rusty tones, olive green, and terracotta red, you can use the opportunity to also introduce textures through cozy fabrics like area rugs, or a touch of gold accessories with natural patterns. This adds a subtle touch of sophistication and interest without overwhelming a space. 

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Diving into dynamics

Music refers to dynamics as the variations in volume, intensity, and expression within a composition; leading to our deeper emotional engagement with a musical piece. Translated to interior design, this requires us to pay attention to the scale and proportion of furnishings and decor elements to ensure a harmony in size and visual weight. A melody comprised of only fortes will only exhaust the listener, just as solely soft elements lose our interest. Just imagine, if you have a voluminous and oversized kitchen island, you can balance it with various surrounding chairs with a smaller volume and accessories with a contrasting color but similar shape. 

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The magic of dynamic illumination

Taken literally, lighting serves as the dynamic crescendos and decrescendos in your interior composition. These strategic shifts in mood and tempo are essential to highlight focal points, create different atmospheres, and add depth. One can easily do this through the combined use of ambient, task, and accent lighting to control the overall atmosphere, much like the nuanced light in a theatrical or musical performance. 

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Adding your artistic interpretation

Otherwise referred to as personalization for individuality, this approach is used by designers, artists, and musicians alike as they infuse their own interpretations into a piece to bring out their unique views. Never underestimate the beauty that results from celebrating your own style and personality in your interiors through various means such as artwork, personal collections, or custom furnishings. These individual touches add a layer of authenticity and humanity that make a space feel like a curated and unique expression of the inhabitants. 

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Valuing interiors as musical compositions

Approaching our interiors as if they were musical pieces allows us to cultivate a unique living environment that resonates with our creative and artistic streak. The same way a composer carefully selects the notes, rhythm, and harmonies to evoke certain emotions, the thoughtful design of our interiors enables us to create spaces that reflect the core of what it means to be human. This expressive approach that positions us in the role of the composer, transforms our living spaces into a reflection of self that not only delights the senses but also enhances our daily lives.

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