ho·lis·tic (hō-lĭs′tĭk) adj. Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts.
Holistic Interior Design is exactly that. Rather than basing a design on a style or trend, Holistic Interior Design takes into consideration the needs and effects of the project on anyone or anything that interacts with it.
If you are designing a new home, for example, a holistic design would take into consideration such things as sunlight penetration to take advantage of natural light, air flow to catch summer breezes and allow for natural cooling and ventilation, fixtures and finishes that support specific health requirements, colour and textural components to support the people interacting with the space from a psychological point of view as well as the homes' and it's occupant's relationship to the surrounding natural environment.
This may sound like common sense but unfortunately with the massive explosion in project home builds across the country as well as the popularity of quick, budget renovation/DIY shows on TV, Holistic Design practices have become rare and the quality and longevity of new homes and renovations has been reduced.
Holistic Interior Design is about the client's needs. It is not about transferring the designers' taste or style onto the client's project but requires the designer to remain flexible, listen carefully and work closely with the client to translate what it is that they truly need from their space.
Interior spaces should comfort us and provide sanctuary from our everyday stressors. They should appeal to our tastes and support our needs physically, psychologically and spiritually. They should assist us in treading lightly on the environment and encourage us to see the better side of every day.
If this resonates with you and you would like to find out more, please give us a call. Holistic Interior Design is a valuable investment to any project.
If you are still unsure whether hiring an Interior Designer is right for you you may like to read our article 'What is the difference between an Interior Designer and an Interior Decorator or Stylist?'