Visualizing the impact of layers
Today I’m going to show you how I organize my design plan and how each of these layers plays a part in the design process. This will clearly show the impact they have in building a well-designed and organized room.
Some time ago, as I was talking to a woman, I was explaining my design layers to her. As I watched the expression on her face change, I could tell there was something she was getting very emotional about. As soon as I asked her about it, she went into great detail about how she had done a kitchen/living room remodel herself and all the trouble that she had trying to keep everything straight. Remembering back to her frustrations, she got so emotional, she started to cry.
“Your system sounds like it would have saved me a lot of headaches, I wish I had known about it before!” she said, as she went on about how she thought she was organized, but she found herself feeling very scatterbrained during the process. Her contractor would ask her about something and suddenly she couldn’t find the right information for him, yet though she knew she had it somewhere. Her electrician almost installed the chandelier in the wrong place even because he didn’t have a clear enough drawing of the design details.
Unfortunately, this sort of thing happens all the time.
If you don’t have a good enough system in place to keep track of things during your planning and building stages, you will get lost, and this is why you will hear me talk about my layers all the time. It keeps me sane while I am designing a room.
Let me show you their impact as I layer one on top of the other.
This is the room we will be designing today. It is bare and basic right now because it is brand new.
LAYER 1 – ARCHITECTURE
- Coffered Ceiling
- Molding of Door Casings
- French Door
LAYER 2 – SURFACES
- Install Hardwood Flooring
LAYER 3 – FURNITURE AND SPACE PLANNING
- Bed (software shows the bed already dressed, but we do that in layer 5)
- Two End Tables
LAYER 4 – LIGHTING
- Two Table Lamps
LAYER 5 – WINDOW TREATMENTS AND BEDDING
- Area Rug
- Potted Plant
- Picture Frames
- Wall Decor
- Decorative Pillow
And there you have it.