Charlotte Designer Infuses Comfort And Livability Into Chic And Elegant Interiors

Posted on | January 29, 2016 | No Comments

Not so long ago, homes were more about beauty and showmanship and less about warm and comfortable spaces. Today, people have returned to the idea of a home as a very personal, welcoming place where families can retreat from the world. Charlotte interior designer Stacie Salisbury, owner of Metropolitan Design Concepts, is known for infusing a wonderful sense of comfort and livability into her chic and elegant designs. We talked to Stacie to find out how she achieves this difficult feat.

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Stacie tells North Carolina Design that she doesn’t create designs with comfort as her first priority. Rather, her careful attention to balance, scale and visual interest and her thoughtful consideration of her clients’ individual needs lead to spaces that are welcoming, beautiful, and comfortable in every sense of the word.

According to Stacie, function is a key element of a comfortable design. “You really have to have an idea of how people live, and how they will use the space,” she explains. “Some people are very sociable, and they like to have people over for gatherings. So there has to be additional seating and a more fluid gathering space. Some people have lots of kids, and they need fiber seal on their furniture in case somebody makes a pb&j and decides to wipe their hands on the couch.”

“Some people are homebodies, and they want to put their feet up on their furniture and cuddle up together on a single sofa while they watch a movie. Others care more about presentation. They keep their feet on floor, and have private rooms that are more comfortable and public rooms that are showier and more formal. Comfort isn’t all about plush cushions and cozy rugs – you have to accommodate your client’s lifestyle the best possible way to in order to make their home very, very livable for them.”

Style, too, can help dictate how comfortable a room is. “I personally think that a certain mix of traditional and transitional makes a space more livable,” Stacie tells us. “Transitional design is colder, but the warmth of traditional style gives it a heavier footprint. Even a traditional chair of the same size as a transitional chair can feel like it takes up more space. But if you balance that heaviness with lighter transitional pieces, you’ll still have that warmth, and the space will feel more casual and friendly and inviting.”

Stacie notes that balance is also an essential component of an inviting and comfortable space, as it soothes the eye and creates a sense of harmony. “You have to balance furniture of varying heights. All of the furniture can’t be skirted, and all of it can’t be legged. Everything should be composed in such a way that it takes your eye around the room and draws you into the space.”

Intriguing touches of visual interest also help catch the eye and invite people in for a closer look. “I always say there has to be at least one ‘wow’ in a room,” Stacie offers. “But if you have too many ‘wows,’ they start to compete with each other. So my limit is five. Conversely, you can get away with one ‘wrong’ thing in a room – something you love that doesn’t exactly match the style or color palette – but two wrong things will throw the design off.”

In the end, creating a comfortable space is an accumulation of a lot of little things. “You have to have somewhere to put a drink down and your feet up,” reflects Stacie. “You have to make sure there’s enough light – there’s nothing worse than being a dark room. You have to make sure there’s something eye-catching in a room that makes you want to take a second look, whether it’s something of architectural interest or a pop of color.

“Even pass-through rooms like hallways and foyers should offer a reason to pause and linger. There shouldn’t be any room in a home that isn’t purposeful and doesn’t draw you in. Because that’s what you want throughout your living space – something that intrigues you, invites you in and makes you want to stay awhile.”

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