Drawing on inspiration from his own style, world travel experience, and his client experience, Grant K. Gibson, a top interior designer, based in San Francisco will take you on a journey to curate your perfect home. He takes pride in creating living spaces that speak to preferences, personalities, and experiences.
He released his first book, The Curated Home book that covers wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, in an engaging and comprehensive look at what makes a home both functional and beautiful. He also educates them on how to develop a timeless interior that will fulfill their aesthetic tastes for years to come. You will learn the importance of not just decorating with just objects, but infusing your living space with items that have meaning in your own life.
We have combined some of Gibson’s advice on where to start when tackling design projects. So, whether you’re furnishing a new home, upgrading your room or just want some inspiration to refresh your rental, here are his four top tips.
1. Determine Your Style
This is particularly important when it comes to implementing your design to your house. How do you want a space to feel? Do you prefer tailored pieces or do you prefer more comfortable items at home? Do you fall for certain colors or patterns? Traditional, formal, elegant? Playful, humorous, inviting? Monochromatic, streamlined, modern? There are so many questions that you should ask yourself before determining your own style.
2. Figure Out What You Don’t Like
No doubt, it is a lot easier for people to express what they do not like compared to what they really like. By putting dislikes into the equation, we can easily remove some choices and narrow in on others. For example, a certain color might evoke feelings of a past design trend that you aren’t keen to repeat. These memories and feedbacks are very personal and individual to all clients, but they also define their tastes.
3. Build Around Your Space
Space planning is so important. People often use furniture that is either too large or too small for a tiny space. Build around the furniture that you actually have space for. Most importantly, think about the balance of a space.
For larger rooms, you can establish zones for different activities like a seating area that is conducive to a conversation; another area for television viewing; a work area with a desk or table for projects or games. Another thing that Grant. K. Gibson love is symmetry. Think about the visual weight and distribution to balance out a space. Proportion and scale are key to any design.
4. Start from the Ground Up
When we want to start planning, we often have no idea where exactly to start. For any room, he suggests that you begin from the ground up: Decide on the floor covering first. It doesn’t matter if you want or have hardwood floors, area rugs, tile, stone or wall-to-wall carpeting. Thinking about the floor first will dictate how other pieces are layered in the space.
It is important to plan these things in tandem, otherwise, you will end up with the “Circus Effect”: too many things is going on without the space as a whole. This is where you have options and can then start to layer pieces. It is a much simpler approach to make your final floor covering decision first and then layer. Last, but not least, Gibson advises that people take their time when designing their homes. “When taken care of, these items and decisions can last for years,” said Gibson.