Design for drama
Many clients ask me to inject the wow factor into their homes but they don’t quite know what it is. Quite simply it’s a physical reaction to something you see… it’s about shocking the senses but also about firing up your imagination. Would you be inspired as I was when viewing this barn for the first time? I clambered inside over straw and muck and stood there looking up at the rafters and beams. Can you imagine my excitement….? I had goose bumps at the prospect of renovating it and I shook with emotion. Admittedly for some people it might be a frightening prospect but for me… it was totally thrilling!
Architecture students at Barcelona University are studying Hitchcock’s films to explore the physical and psychological aspects of visual drama. They’re researching what it takes to create a feeling of suspense … and then how to shock you, but in a good way of course! For example you can be lulled into a false sense of security as you move along a corridor… everything follows a pattern… a door to the right, a door to the left, all is as you expect. But then when you open the door at the end, or as you turn a corner, everything is different – suddenly you’re presented with something totally surprising. What could that be? Well, the job of an architect or an interior designer is to use their imagination and skill to create the theatre and pull it off. How many times have you walked into a public building or someone’s home, and expressed a “wow”? You were impressed and surprised but you may not have realised what tricks of design went into eliciting that reaction.
This statue of Sir John Benjamin can be found at St Pancras Station, London. Besides being beautiful and interesting it directs you to look up to ensure you admire what’s above you. In this short video I share a few secrets to help you achieve the wow factor in your home, ‘looking up’ is one of them… and you don’t have to buy a barn to do it!
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(Images above are mine except the blue plaque photo which was taken by Simon Harriyott from Uckfield, England.)