Sleek is more than an aesthetic. Clearing out clutter and streamlining a home has a psychic effect. It calms. It gives you space to breathe and see and be yourself. In my own work, I remove architectural clutter with the aim to give freedom and clarity to every space.
Our senses are constantly barraged with noise and distraction. The constant crush of city life begs for a safe haven. Our minds beg for a respite from the nonstop swiping and pinging of our smartphones. One of the greatest luxuries we can give ourselves is a sense of calm. With calm and peace, we can let our minds rest and focus on what is really important in our lives. (Hint, it is not found scrolling through Instagram.)
Visual calm reduces clutter that you may not even register consciously, giving you a surprising effect once the ‘junk’ is cleared away. It brings into focus what is necessary and wanted. Take these before and after photos of our Art and Light project as an example of the benefits of clean and sleek design.
"I love it, I feel like I'm coming home to a spa every day."
This next example is from our White on White apartment. Your first view when walking into this apartment is facing this half of the kitchen straight on. Even the tidiest person would be at a loss to keep this setting feeling clear and calm. Now, the homeowner says "I love it, I feel like I'm coming home to a spa every day."
Audible peace, aka silence, allows you to hear yourself think. There are many 'invisible' construction techniques to block out and isolate sounds. Where you may not see the difference, you certainly feel it. Real quiet, especially in a noisy city, is a welcome respite to the senses. You can finally let your guard down when you step through a door and the sound level demonstrably changes.
The bestselling book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" brought worldwide awareness to the benefits of clearing the clutter of your stuff. What if you could live in architecture that gives calm the way that Tidying Up gives joy? Can you start to see how living in a space designed with this end in mind can change your life for the better?