Creating Emotional Connections to Our Spaces

What emotions are stirred in you when you spend time in certain spaces of your home? Comfort? Intimacy? Happiness? Ideally, your surroundings evoke warm, welcoming feelings, but if your current space is more utilitarian than joy-provoking, you can create interiors that bring forth an emotional connection to our spaces that makes life more meaningful and enjoyable.

We believe that the best way to design a room is to envision how a person will live their lives within those walls. Do they want to be playful with their kids? Romantic with their partner? Hospitable with their family and friends? By making emotions our guiding light, we create surroundings that help manifest those special moments. 

Bathroom Lighting

See the Light

Proper lighting is paramount to the overall vibe of a space; think about how you feel in a light-filled room vs. a more shadowy setting. Considering how much natural light a room gets can help set the right mood; bright, sun-dappled spaces bring about a sense of awakening, which can also be re-created through the ideal incandescent bulbs. Dim down the lights (via a lower wattage) and turn up the heat in rooms where romance and intimacy are desired. (And don’t forget the candles!) 

Outdoor Patio Design

All the Feels

Texture is another powerful emotional connector — it can even dictate how long you stay in a specific space. Super tactile fabrics and surfaces would feel all wrong in, say, a medical office, but are right at home in a snug living room, luxurious bedroom or cozy outdoor retreat where coming together for rest and relaxation rules the day. 

Kitchen Design
Cooktop by Wolf/Sub-Zero

Life’s Simple Pleasures

The anticipation of that first shot of espresso in the morning. The draw of a warming cup of tea on a cool fall afternoon. The release of a glass of wine in the evening. These rituals, while simple, add up to sensory delights that we look forward to each day. That’s why we have such emotional connections to our kitchens — it’s one of the places in our homes that brings us pure, unabashed pleasure. We believe in kitting out our kitchens with appliances that make these practices even more delicious, such as beautifully designed servingware, a top-of-the-line coffee maker or a separate fridge reserved for our favorite vintages. These culinary bells and whistles are always worth the investment.

Wine cooler at the Miele Experience Center Chicago

Establishing surroundings that evoke an emotional response is easier than you think with the guidance of the Inspired Interiors team. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest and share your home photos with us. We’d love to collaborate on an interior design that dares you to feel deeply and live boldly.

Design Challenge: An Abundance of Bathrooms

One home, 10 bathrooms: Try to imagine the herculean task of designing 10 separate bathrooms — from petite powder rooms to a magnificent master suite — in one home. Now envision using just one product line from top to bottom in each of these distinctive plans. This assignment could potentially present a major design challenge, but not for the enterprising Inspired Interiors team.

Showcasing the comprehensive product collection from renowned Spanish tile, kitchen and bath company Porcelanosa, the Inspired Interiors designers went to work creating 10 singular bathroom aesthetics to fulfill a variety of needs and desires for their clients and their family.

Bathroom Design

Beyond the Bath

The bathrooms in this home definitely have big roles to fill. Consider a master bath with a soaking tub for two that presents an opportunity for enjoying quality couple’s time. A sitting area in the bathroom perfect for scrolling through social media while getting ready for school is a coveted spot for teen daughters. And a spacious walk-in tub allows grandma to feel comfortable and self-sufficient during her visits. 

These needs were all satisfied through a thoughtful understanding of the clients’ intentions for their spaces, a careful attention to detail and a thorough grasp of the product possibilities that Porcelanosa provided.

Walk-In Bathtub

Creative Waters Run Deep 

The clients’ request to focus solely on the Porcelanosa product line in the designs of their 10 bathrooms initially seemed limiting. How to best produce rooms that feel fresh and different with only one option?

However, in a pleasant plot twist, this approach proved to be just the opposite of restrictive offering the designers a range of quality items (from tile to tubs to countertops and everything in between) that all worked together and created a cohesive aesthetic and appeal. After a series of meetings exploring the elegant Porcelanosa showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, the Inspired Interiors team was able to tap into the entire product line to spark their creativity.

Highlighting such eye-catching design touches as illuminated mirrors and intricate tile patterns that designate different areas of the bath, the Porcelanosa product line is on full dazzling display in this stunning residence. And because the company designs, manufactures and distributes all of its items, they ship together and install easily, making them cost-effective and user-friendly, proving that beautiful bathrooms don’t have to be prohibitively expensive or super complicated to achieve.

Bathroom Vanity

The Inspired Interiors team loves to take your design challenges and turn them into your dream spaces. We’re here to collaborate, create and use design to transform the way you live, love, work and function.

Bathtub Ideas That Make a Splashy Statement

As it’s most likely the largest component, it makes sense to consider your bathtub the centerpiece of your entire bathroom renovation. Thinking beyond pure function, bathtubs can also take on a persona of their own. Is your aesthetic all-American or Euro chic? Do you want to create a cozy, intimate vibe? Or a spa-like haven for self care? There’s a bathtub for that.

As we continue our Dare to Live series, we’ll take a deep dive into all of the bathtub design ideas that are making a splash in 2019 — and beyond.

Go ahead — place your bathtub near windows. This spacious freestanding tub is flooded with natural light, a beautiful space to envision bringing the outdoors in. Greenery is also having a major moment in interior design, and the bathroom provides the perfect place for plants to flourish.

A colored bathtub can take on many guises — here, it’s a whimsical vintage vibe. Look for colored skirts, or DIY types can make it a painting project. This airy open-floor plan (complete with cozy fireplace!) allows the soaking tub to really take center stage.

Matching your tub to your bathroom wallpaper? Why not, we say! This spectacular scalable print from Devon & Devon is enhanced by the striking red hue of the bathtub, conjuring an especially chic aquarium where you can fashionably float your cares away.

Let form follow function in your bathtub design. Would a two-person tub fulfill your fantasies? Sounds like a pleasant way to clean up to us. Place a small table or lamp with a stand nearby to stow bath and body products — or a nightcap.

Speaking of a fun Friday night, incorporate versatile (and easy-to-clean) acrylic or wood caddies to your ensemble to hold the essentials for a luxurious bath: bubbles, a book and a glass of vino.

If you have the space, a separate dressing area between the bathroom and bedroom is a fantastic addition, giving you a private nook to get ready, read a book, lounge, daydream…. You name it!

An elegant slipper tub with elongated backs is the perfect pairing of style and substance — it resembles a gently sloping wave while keeping your back warm and supported during an extended soak. We also love this serene all-white design scheme in the bathroom — it is tranquil and polished without being harsh.

What could possibly be more Zen than a Japanese soaking tub? You literally need to climb into this deep vessel, where relaxation meets the ultimate in luxury.

The Inspired Interiors team believes that bathrooms should be a well thought out respite — a place where you can go to prepare for the day or evening ahead, plot your future or just unwind. Let’s talk about the bathroom renovation of your dreams.

Picking the Perfect Faucets and Showerheads

If you’ve been following our “Dare to Live” series, you know that we find the most inspiration in interior design details that comprise a cohesive, compelling home. By carefully selecting items, furnishings and fixtures that really resonate with you, you’ll craft an overall aesthetic that is reflective of you and your lifestyle and truly feels like home.

Because we spend so much of our lives in our kitchens and bathrooms, our faucets and showerheads take on meaning beyond functionality. By choosing fixtures that fit your range of needs (from the practical to the polished), you can upgrade your daily chores into enjoyable self-care rituals.

Kitchens With Style and Substance

This ultra-modern kitchen showcases several design trends we’re loving. First of all, notice the three different faucet installations from Brizo. The main faucet features smart-touch technology (tap lightly to turn on/off or hold to move without turning off the water), while a bar sink and pot filler add convenience for the home cook. The minimalist open-floor plan and fireplace also make us swoon!

A cool industrial vibe is gleaned from these faucets from Waterworks, where function meets fabulous. The internal mechanics are exposed, giving you something to gaze at in wonderment while you rinse your Champagne flutes.

Brass and black faucet finishes are also trending in the interior design world — we love how this classic-meets-modern combination fits in a wide variety of decor styles.

Beautiful Bathrooms

Airy, expansive open-floor plans extend to the bathroom, as well, lending a feeling of more space and letting the fixtures really pop. These brass faucets and showerheads from Brizo make a stylish statement while elevating your daily routines from simply cleansing to immersing yourself in spa-like luxury.

Style and substance come together beautifully in this shower system from Waterworks, with an overhead faucet joined by a bathtub spout and a wonderful shower “wand” that works like magic and cleans like a dream.

We believe that by enhancing your kitchen and bathroom fixtures, you can boost your spirits and improve your quality of life. We’re here to help you find the perfect fixtures and furnishings that create your ideal surroundings — find out how we can collaborate.