Conserving Energy – beautifully! Lake County Record-Bee


There’s a long list of simple ways to lower that energy bill each month! We are all familiar with those most obvious – turn off unnecessary lights, unplug appliances not in use, open/close window blinds sensibly – and dozens of other small energy-saving actions, for interior space, that we learn from advisory sources.

It is very important to consider energy conservation and Interior climate impacts when planning your Interior space design project. Color, textures and light can have profound affect on our perceived senses of warm and cool temperatures!

You may be familiar with the concepts of “warm and cool” colors – may even have had your colors analyzed by a colorist/cosmetologist to determine which colors (warm or cool) enhance your personal, physical color tones!

Color and textures are definitely connected to temperature, and noticeably interact with the surroundings where they occur, the objects and surfaces on which they are applied, the tones and values ​​that are chosen – and the light to which they are exposed.

Natural light that flows into Interior space through abundant, available windows creates powerful perceptions of coolness or warmth as it meets the colors featured in that Interior space. And, perceptions of warmth and coolness are further influenced by the textures of materials in that same Interior space – the upholstery, floor covering, wall treatments and furniture all contribute to our perceptions of cool or warm.

For instance, tile flooring tends to evoke cool, while carpet evokes warmth. Dark wood paneling and shelves of books along a wall just seem to feel warm. White and light color, painted walls seem soothingly cool! Is it science, or is it our emotions contributing to our perceptions?

The style, size, placement and control of windows for natural light, strongly influences our perceptions of warmth and coolness, which light creates as it floods into interior space. Interior design experts are well versed in those affects, and how to manipulate them as they react to carefully selected interior design colors, fabrics, textures and floor and wall surface applications.

The opportunities are available, through innovative choices, to impact the quantity of artificial energy needed to warm or cool a specific interior space. The partnership of color and texture provides a phenomenon of depth perception that aids us (momentarily) in deciding when we are warm and comfortable – or chilly!

At one time or another, we probably have all described our impression of an interior environment. “That room feels so warm and cozy!” “That space felt cold and unwelcoming!” It is a good guess that we did not mean the artificial heating or AC. (If that, we probably would have asked to turn the thermostat up or down!)

Interior space climate control should be discussed in the initial planning of your Interior design project. Consideration should be given to all ways available to conserve artificial energy. Solar power is another way of cooperating with and using the natural light and energy available to us all. Capturing that is what presents the opportunities.

How we use what is naturally available, in conjunction with our very human perceptions of warmth and coolness, depends on us purposefully considering all solutions, large or small, for reducing our reliance on artificial heating and cooling energy.

Your Interior designer is very conscientious concerning society’s critical energy issues and climate considerations. Your guided choices of color, texture and the use of abundant natural light can and does help to have a bearing on that monthly utility bill!

(…and, help is on the way!)

Robert Boccabella, BFA is principal and founder of Business Design Services and a certified interior designer in private practice for over 30 years. Boccabella provides Designing to Fit the Vision© in collaboration with writingservice@earthlink.net. To contact him call 707-263-7073; email him at rb@BusinessDesignServices.com or visit www.BusinessDesignServices.com or on Face Book at Business Design Services.

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