Do You Hear What I Hear?
In my drum class, my teacher Amir played a video of a woman singing and a drummer playing with her to a group of people. She was singing in a language we did not know. It was hard to tell from her expression what she was feeling or thinking, other than the song had a serious subject. He asked us after what the song was about and how we felt. Everyone had a different interpretation.
We all hear and feel music differently.
As a dancer, I have often experienced how different dancers all following a choreography to the same piece of music hear it a little bit differently. How they move their body, when they start or finish or how they accent certain notes might all be a little different.
Even with music, while everyone might have the same sheet of music to follow that tells us where the accents should be and what the feeling is sometimes, there is room for interpretation and each musician adds something of themselves when they play, because of how they hear it.
Interior Design Lessons from Dance
What does this have to do with Interior Design?
In Interior Design, we also see and feel things differently. This includes style or color, or whether a room seems warm or cold, happy or irritating.
There are no hard and fast rules and if there are, feel free to break them.
This is Part 3 in my revelations from lessons learned from playing music on how to create your perfect space.
The older I get, the more I realize the connections between all things artistic. The same principles apply to making the magic happen in Interior Design or any other art form. You just need to open your eyes, listen, and feel it to notice.
It always seems to come back to the alignment between art (creativity), science (color), and energy (connection) that makes the magic happen. I use this alignment to create both beautiful dance pieces and interiors.
To learn more, see Part 1, I Learned to All my Interior Design Problems by Playing Music.
Also, see Part 2, Learned to All my Interior Design Problems by Playing Music- Every Part Must Do Its Part.
You might also enjoy my series on lessons I learned about Interior Design from dancing:
I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing: The Magic of Transitions.
I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing : Surprise Me.
I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing and Learning to Tell a Great Story.
I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Bring on the Bling.
I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- There Can Only Be One Star.
I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Be Brave.
I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Create Drama with Shapes.
I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Create Drama with a Focal Point.
I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing.
What's Your Style?
If I ask you what your style is, if you are like many people, you don’t know or you might say “eclectic” which usually means a mish mash of all your stuff. If you are more specific, you may say something like ‘Bohemian”. But I bet the picture in your mind of what “Bohemian” style is, is different than what I picture and what the next person who likes Bohemian style pictures.
There may be a common theme, as in a piece of music, but we all see it and feel it a little differently in our mind’s eye.
What does that mean? More opportunity for magic! Yes!
After all, if we all had the same exact idea of what Bohemian style means, all our rooms would look the same. If there was a set of rules that said Bohemian style IS THIS, then that might give you guidance but isn’t that just poking you to break that rule and do what you want? I know it is for me!
My Idea of Bohemian Style
As an example, many picture Bohemian style as a maximalist style with loads of colors, patterns, plants, and collections from world travels as well as thrift and antique stores.
My vision of Bohemian is that but is more clean, modern and curated. See some examples below with some of the products I used to get the look. Some contain affiliate links meaning I might make a small commission if you buy at no additional cost to you.
See how even all these rooms are still very different?
What do you picture when you think of Bohemian style? How about other styles?
When we all express our own version of Bohemian the way we see it, then the room tells our own story, not the story of the Bohemian Style Definition Maker.
The possibilities are endless, as in a dance choreography performed by different dancers, or a beautiful piece of music is played by different musicians.
What Color is That?
Another great example is color. This is one reason color is confusing to so many people.
We all see color differently based on our eyesight and how it is interpreted in our brains.
The lenses of our eyes can change with age, also affecting how we see things. The color is affected by the light when we see it, the surrounding colors, and the context we see the color in.
That is why the term “undertones” as most use it makes no sense. They are just someone’s subjective opinion about what they see at that time and place. The next person may see it differently.
That same color will look different as soon as you move it to another place, another context, and in a different light.
“Undertones” can’t be measured or repeated, which is why they are so confusing.
Color makes people feel differently. Blue may make you feel relaxed and serene, yet someone else may have had a horrible experience in a blue room and it stresses them out.
We all see, feel and interpret color differently. Some generalizations may be made, as in dance and music, but we all walk away with a different idea of how it looks and feels to us.
Of course, that means……you guessed it……more opportunity for magic.
More variety, more interpretations, more layers, more stories, more unique visions, more beauty in the world.
I’m all in.
Let's Create Some Magic
You know you want to. Quit procrastinating. Come on, let’s do this thing:)
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This couldn’t be more true! Everyone sees design elements differently, which is why it is so important for each individual to create a space that is beautiful to them. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post!
Thank you! It makes our job more interesting too!
Such great insight into how everyones definitions of different styles is unique. Cookie cutter formulaic spaces will never be as life-giving as personalized ones!
Thank you and so true!
This is why I love starting new projects with clients. No two projects are the same. Such an insightful post!
Very interesting article, I love this
Thanks so much!
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