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.

Hot Stuff: Summer Interior Design Ideas

You know the vibe: Summertime, and the livin’s easy. We definitely crave these hazy, crazy days, but we also find endless summer interior design ideas in this most lush, verdant time of year.

If you’re like us and live somewhere where relentless winters mean the summer season is met with nothing short of exuberance, making the most of our outdoor spaces is a way to connect to nature and bring more relaxed playtime into our lives. After all, we can all use more time in green spaces and fresh air to boost our mood and give us our daily shot of natural vitamin C.

In this summertime edition of our Dare to Live series, we’ll embrace the warm weather and all of the outdoor interior design ideas it brings to light.

Install a Putting Green 

Indulge your inner fantasies of PGA stardom and install a putting green in your backyard or even on your balcony. Working from home just got so much more productive when you can make deals while sinking a hole in one.

Reach for the Sky

Never got that treehouse you dreamed of as a kid? It’s not too late! Utilize the trees on your property to construct an opulent abode in the sky that will leave your childhood memories in the dust.

Make a Splash

Only have a sliver of space between your and the neighbors? No matter — a narrow custom lap pool will fit nicely, thank you very much.

Elevate Your Outdoors

Outdoor dining spaces can truly be a sanctuary — a place to retire to after a long day or to spend long, luxurious weekends. Even if your landscape doesn’t match this one, you can create your own piece of paradise with elegant tablescapes that bring a bit of elevated style to your outdoor escapades.

A Posh Picnic

It’s a blessing and a curse for many city dwellers: You have a high-rise balcony or a petite patio, but the space is often restricted by its rectangular shape. Rethink the rectangle by mirroring its lines with a super-long picnic-style table that can host a sizeable soiree, maximizing what the real estate gods have given you.

Now’s the time to let your imagination run wild with summer interior design ideas. The Inspired Interiors team loves to collaborate on interior design projects that dare you to live — indoors and out. Let’s connect on how to transform your outdoor space into a warm-weather haven where your fantasies come to life.