interior design trends

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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Cabin Fever: Guest Post on Cabin Design – DISD Interior Design Blog

By: Jennifer Fis, Kindle Living

With the winter season here and the closing of an eventful year it is easy to imagine oneself in a secluded cabin surrounded by nature. Kindle Living reminds us of unforgettable experiences celebrating the relationship between humans, structure and landscape. Allow this blog entry to capture your senses and take you back to that moment when you found yourself reconnecting with beautiful surroundings.  – DISD – Read More –

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 –

425 Square Foot Micro-Loft

425 Square Foot Manhattan Micro-Loft

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Ever wonder how interior designers and architects create an open and spacious feel in an extremely small footprint? Architecture firm Specht Harpman managed to do just that in a 425 square foot Manhattan micro-loft, located in the city’s Upper West Side. Making use of every available square inch, their thoughtful design solution transforms the original space from one with no room for furniture into a functional and attractive home. – Read More –

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The Bluetooth Bulb from BlueBulb

By: Rick Hess, DISD

LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes, have become extremely popular around the world, providing thousands of life hours, lower electrical costs and an array of colors and brightness that CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) just can’t compete with. BlueBulb recently introduced the Bluetooth Bulb, a light bulb that has over one million color variations controlled by an iPad or iPhone via Bluetooth. “It’s face-to-face communication,” BlueBulb CEO and founder Peter Lakits told AppleInsider, explaining why the firm chose to go with Bluetooth. “The phone is always with you, even in your bed.” – Read More –

LivingHomes C6

LivingHomes C6

By: Rick Hess, DISD

LivingHomes has introduced a new design for a prefabricated, affordable and sustainable home costing half the price of their previous models. The new C6 series was “designed by LivingHomes staff in collaboration with Make It Right, a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough to build 150 affordable, sustainable homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward,” according to their website. The C6 is the first LivingHome design to meet both Energy Star and LEED Platinum certification requirements. – Read More –

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Translucent Concrete

By: Rick Hess, DISD

According to Google’s online dictionary concrete is “A heavy, rough building material made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, which can be spread or poured.”  With today’s technology concrete can now also be described as “light” and “transparent.” A number of companies are introducing translucent concrete, an innovative building material that allows light to penetrate its dense surface, thereby revolutionizing the way concrete is used today. It changes the history of concrete as we know it and alters a mix that has been used for thousands of years. After much experimentation, the product can now be seen in architectural and interior environments.
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Lumion 3.0 Released

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Lumion recently released a new version of its sophisticated software, allowing architects and interior designers to provide photorealistic renderings to their clients. Lumion 3.0 allows users to create cutting-edge, high-definition renderings and videos in a matter of minutes. The intuitive user interface makes it easy to learn, and the latest version offers a number of significant new features that enhance the virtual environment. – Read More –