multidisciplinary approach to design

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The other day, I was listening Creative Spirit Talk podcasts. A new favorite, really – you should check it out. And on this episode, he dives into how some people approach the creative process. And more specifically, how they gather and organize inspiration.

An example of Solange appears. He is known to do extensive mood-boarding before starting an album. And this mood board is almost purely visual, not auditory. Which seems strange for an album at first. But also genius. So it made me think how I can use music in interior design.

I think anyone with a shred of creative blood in them knows that the creative process is much broader than just your chosen discipline. We are constantly gathering inspiration around us, soaking up all the juices. But when it comes to actually planning for our project, I at least think that I might ignore this outside inspo.

And I think that was a mistake.

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So I created a challenge (or rather, an opportunity) for myself to start incorporating music in interior design. Or at least my process around interior design. And I also give the same challenge to you, my housemate.

I think that by approaching your creative process in this more multidisciplinary way, you end up with more personality-driven designs. And with a design that is completely different from others out there.

And that’s because finding other sources of inspiration can really help you think outside the box and approach design in a new way. If you’ve ever done a design project – for yourself or for a client – ​​you’ve probably spent hours scrolling through pinterest. Everything started to come together. Everything is starting to look the same. You have 1208420123 different directions you want to go and no clear idea which one is “right”.

Not only music can be a great way to disconnect for a minute and give you a visual break. But it can also take you to the main space to generate your own visuals.

What does it look like to use music in an interior design brainstorm?

I think the great thing about mixing up your design process is that it can manifest in so many different ways.

But I think the best way to test the waters is to put together a playlist that fits the “vibe” you want.

So let’s say you want to design a bedroom that’s really sexy, majestic and soft. Find playlists like Make Out Jams on Spotify (below) or others ~special time~ playlist.

Or you want to design a commercial space that is perfect for hosting parties and playing energetic live music. Maybe choose an upbeat playlist, afrobeats, or whatever kind of music you like to dance to.

The connection to the music can also be more subtle. For example, maybe you want to create a living room that just makes you feel comfortable and safe. Put together a playlist of all your comfort songs – songs from your childhood, songs you always play in the car, songs that remind you of a really good time in your life.

Whatever your playlist of choice, I recommend closing your eyes. Imagine the kind of space you would be in if you heard this in the most ideal scenario. What color comes to mind? Cloth? What kind of art has your imagination on the wall?

You might surprise yourself with the kind of ideas that come to mind. Whether it’s a complete design scheme, or just a brainstorm that you can then run to Pinterest or a magazine to add a little.

See what happens when you incorporate some music in interior design

Once this idea was planted in my head, I started actively trying to imagine an interior design that would pair perfectly with whatever music I was listening to, whenever I was listening to music.

If anything, trying this will reignite your passion and creativity if you’re feeling a little stagnant. (Seasonal depression and going dark at 4:45pm is a drag on creativity and productivity, so we can use any kind of defibrillator).

I’m excited to use it as I move on to designing the next room in my new LA apartment! (I think I’m tackling the bedroom next, so stay tuned and subscribe!)

Need some playlists to get the creative juices flowing?

Lucky for you, I just went on a rampage on my Spotify playlist. They’ve been gathering dust for the past few years, and I thought it was time to give them some love.

So feel free to check them out and see if you connect with any of them! Just click on me Spotify profile and go to all my public playlists.

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About me

Hi my name is Hannah Michelle Lambert, the voice behind the cozy homies. I’m a blogger and interior designer based in LA. I am passionate about fun, adaptive and affordable designs that are filled with personality. And I’m a big believer in good DIY. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find the inspiration you’re looking for – and maybe a little extra 😉


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