ID Connections

An interview with Registered interior designer, Linda Makins.

Published by Patrick Voisin, March 20, 2017.

In our second installment of the three part series “My first interior design project” interviews, we caught up with Linda Makins the Principal of Makinsachange Creative Environments Inc. and Registered ARIDO and IDC member. IDC wants to highlight and showcase our members to help build and strengthen the community - there’s a lot to learn from one another!

IDC: What was your first interior design project? 

Linda: Like most interior designers fresh out of school I worked for a large company. The year was 1979 and I worked in the design department of a furniture dealer, Brian G. Holmes. I was a junior designer and pretty much assisted the senior designer in making presentation boards and anything else she needed me to do. Eventually, within my first year they felt I was ready to have my own project. I was tasked with creating a design concept for the Belmont Press office space.

My concept was based on crisp white systems furniture with primary accents of red and blue. It looked brilliant on the presentation boards.

I have to admit the project turned out quite nicely, however I was disappointed with how the natural light and fluorescent lighting of the office had changed the saturation of some of my colours. Those crisp blue roman shades were quite bland once natural light filtered through the fabric. I also noticed how some of the textures reflected light differently. Red is also a very tricky colour to work with. Basically, I had no idea that the colour rendition of light could have such an impact on the final look of a space.

So although it was quite a nice little project, to this day I firmly believe that light is the most impactful design element that we use. You can have a great concept, but lighting is the crowning touch that makes it all come together.   

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