Sometimes when designing spaces, I’m inspired not by other beautifully decorated spaces but by the world of fashion.
I truly believe that fashion is a natural extension of how your space is decorated (both intentionally and unintentionally). The first thing I always ask a client is, “What colours or patterns do you have in your closet?”. Ninety percent of the time, the colour and pattern choices in clothing we have in our closets (that we also wear on a regular basis) is unintentionally the choices we gravitate to when choosing furnishings. For example, a client of mine only has two colours in his wardrobe – black & white – and the colour palette of his condo – black & white.
Although my observations aren’t based on anything scientific, for the most part, the colours and patterns you wear on a regular basis influence your choices in the colours and patterns of your furnishings.
Recently, I’ve been designing spaces that have a more masculine yet comfortable feeling. So to design a space that has a masculine feeling, I’ve been getting my inspiration lately from Men’s fashions.
Here are just a few pictures that have inspired me:
(more after the jump – click the picture to enlarge)