Interior Design Trends 2016

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case

Interior design trends are reflections of the lifestyle changes we embrace in society. As our mindsets and attitudes shift about certain behaviors and ideals, it’s often reflected in the built environment surrounding us. Design Institute of San Diego predicts that 2016 will be a year in which interior design focuses inward: a step back from using technology as a room’s focal point and opting for knowledge and enrichment to take the center stage instead, open spaces that can be customized easily to fit the demands of a family’s day-to-day needs, customization to suit the owner’s personality, and a continued acceptance of building spaces with a strong connection with nature and that promote health and well-being.

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Residential Design for Health and Longevity

By: Cynthia Leibrock

Imagine your home as a place for regeneration, a sanctuary for healing the wounds of the outside world.  It is clean, not cluttered and unmanageable.  It prevents disease and injury and restores you when the inevitable occurs.  It regenerates you on a daily basis, supporting good sleep, encouraging exercise, making it fun to do healthy cooking. – Read More –


Interior Design: Computer Software Enhancements

By: Rick Hess, Mae Case

Technology advances at such a rapid rate in this day and age that it seems like as soon as one gets acquainted with the latest software or app, a new version replaces it, prolonging the learning process. This rapid evolution, however, allows interior designers and architects to dazzle their clients with project renderings enhanced by the ever grander tools and tricks that come with the latest 3D software upgrade. With each iteration, designers are able to create renderings that are much more realistic, thus making it easier for clients to envision the end result.  Design Institute of San Diego explores a few of the more widely used computer software programs for interior designers and architects and, more specifically, the latest features not found in older versions.

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Yacht Interior Design

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

When does a sea vessel cross the line from being just an ordinary boat to an extravagant yacht? While both give us the unique experience of enjoying life on the high seas , yachts, known to be the epitome of excess and luxury, allow affluent people to marry their love for the sea with their penchant for lavish living. With the most costly yachts in the world surpassing the $300 million mark in building costs, these vessels may be the most expensive option in both luxury goods and vacation retreats. When budget isn’t an issue, yacht interior designers, builders and owners pull out all the stops to create over-the-top sea dwellings.

Even when cost is not the most significant factor in yacht design, it remains a major one due to the extra challenges that surface when adapting current design trends from the mainland to the special conditions of being out at sea. Being mindful of the unique surroundings allow yacht designers to create innovative design solutions without sacrificing personal design aesthetics. The Design Institute of San Diego explores some of these most outrageous yachts, and “superyachts,” sailing through the ocean blue at the moment.   Allow this post to pull you inside the realm of yacht interior design and leave you sailing into the horizon.

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Kitchen Trends: 2015 Predictions

By: Mae Case/Rick Hess, DISD


They don’t call it the heart of the home for nothing. Kitchens have always been a favorite room in the home to spend time, rivaling the living or bedroom areas of any abode with the aromatic draw of countless meals being prepared and shared. Though typically a utilitarian space, it’s also a space to create and connect with others.

Because it is such a comforting gathering space for many homes, inhabitants are willing to shell out a pretty penny to customize their kitchens to fit their unique lifestyles. If your kitchen is in dire need of a redesign, consider these predictions in kitchen trends for the upcoming new year that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but eco-conscious as well.

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Theme Park Design

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

If you ask us, nothing beats a trip to a theme park in the summertime. It’s the one destination where those looking for an escape can satiate their appetites for adventure, fantasy and excitement. Whether you’re a thrill seeker looking to spend your day plunging down 150-ft. drops and riding out strong G forces, or a hopeful child with the goal of collecting photos and autographs of all your favorite theme park characters, these popular summer destinations have been designed with the sole purpose of giving you the experience of a lifetime. But have you ever stopped to think about just how much time and technical planning goes into providing that feeling of wonder and whimsy when you step through the turnstiles?

A great deal, actually. Just as important as the engineers who design and build the latest and greatest roller coasters are the designers who provide their expertise to create the built environment surrounding these attractions. Believe it or not, some interior designers only work on theme parks, using fantasy, sights, sounds and smells to develop exciting and colorful visual components that are consistent with the park theme, and to enhance the rides, walkways and exhibits.  Theme park designers are responsible for developing permanent and temporary animated displays, unique signs, specialized fixtures, and many exciting visual displays that together create the look and feel of an amusement park. – Read More –


Interior Design Careers: Museum Design

At one time, only people with a history or art history background worked in museums.  Today, however, when it comes to interior design careers, a museum has many opportunities for interior designers, including creating design concepts for promotional and community projects as well as designing spaces specificially for the preservation of fine art, sculpture, historical textiles, books, and other artifacts.  Due to the fragile conditions of most museum collections, an understanding of the effects of lighting on various art is essential.  Design Institute looked at a few examples of some extrodinary museum designs that deserve to be recognized.  

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Interior Design Trends for 2014

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Industry professionals at Design Institute of San Diego took a look at some interior design trends for 2014 relating to interior design and architecture.  We found the following to be hot items for the upcoming year.

 The Interior Design Trends for 2014:

 Color Theory Being Applied to Interior Design

The Next Phase of Sustainability

Color has been used for decades to add visual interest, balance, and harmony within a space. Although these are still important aspects in interior design, psychology of color may become an important design consideration for the future. Why?  Once color psychology is understood, interior designers are able to positively affect an individual’s mood, health, and well being.  Believe it or not, color can actually stimulate the economy as well.  Another important trend is taking sustainability to the next level through net zero energy design, green building solutions, and improved residential construction.

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James Turrell

A Tribute to the Modern-Day Master of Light and Space

By: Rick Hess, DISD

James Turrell, modern day master of light and space, has been working with colored light and space for nearly 50 years. His extensive training in perceptual psychology has made him an expert in the field, and he has work all over the world illustrating the power light has on the human condition. His art has received multiple awards and recognition internationally and he remains one of the most respected artists of the century. “I make spaces that apprehend light for our perception, and in some ways gather it, or seem to hold it…my work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing.”- James Turrell – Read More –