The ‘ART of Reading People’ Kitchen & Bath Design
Bev Adams CMKBD ( Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer) is in the people business. From Pan American, the Australian outback, to Denver Colorado, “I have been analyzing humanity all of my life.” I am in the “art of reading people.” The success of Interior Intuitions kitchen and bath design firm is founded on the premise that in addition to NKBA guidelines, design is based on human energy fields and the use of the materials that create energy fields.
”You can dub it, ‘Kitchen and bath Psychology’ but it is so much more than just psychology. The ‘art of reading people’ is how to discover the intangible needs in their designed spaces, to fit the energy field of the spaces that are created. It is an added dimension in evaluating the design process. Every kitchen, bath, or other room that ‘used to be’ or is to be remodeled has a voice. The energies contained in these environments can direct the decisions of the design. The trick is to design the fields so they like each other, blend, and provide safety, beauty, and well-being to the end user. There are two parts. Collection of all the client information at an intuitive level, and understanding how the materials selected will affect the energy of the client and the space designed.
Capturing the intention of the clients’ needs can be achieved by a different type of intuitive observation from the designer. Part one is collecting and understanding what the client needs from an energetic level. Part two is creating the designed space to benefit the end user using the energy of the basic design elements of line, form, texture, and color. It is not about trends, product, or the designers preferences, it’s all about the clients energy fields and requirements.
There are a variety of “usual” tools used in the information collection process. Personal design surveys are used to collect information from clients to expose their ‘design element preferences.’ The usual ‘data’ regarding the household, the habits of the family, the patterns that are established in the daily routine, style preferences, patterns that have influenced the client globally, or personally, are the bones of the required information. These are tangible facts that will provide the foundation for intuition to further evaluate the design solutions.
Intuition methods are many, however there are also four intuitive methods for collecting information and fields of understanding clients. Humans all have the five senses: taste, sight, smell, touch and hearing. In addition there are four other intuitive senses; visual, feelings, audient, and philosophy. The four intuitive senses allow me to tune into what my clients are requesting at a far deeper level.
To intuitively “hear’ the requests, tune into the side of your head near your ears. This is the audient center. This provides hearing what is not said and will provide intuitive clues to what the client really wants. Creativity is based on the sharing of favorite stories, and/or objects that have affected the clients life.
Intuitive feeling is the focus around the stomach area. During the interview and collection process notice the reaction you have as the client shares photos, stories or information. Design for them what ‘feels best for them.’ It is a real “gut feel.” You are reading their energy field this way.
Intuitive visual understanding is achieved by focusing attention to your own third eye, (the space between your eye brows) while viewing pictures provided by the client. Read the body language, and if you know how to, read the aura. This will provide a larger sense of visual priorities needed by the client.
The prophetic center is about the head. Concentrating on the area above your own head while interviewing the client, will provide a deeper grasp and understanding of the client needs. The use of non-local communication thoughts, that guide the designer and design process can be achieved using these additional intuitive methods. The designs unfold as if ‘something else’ is guiding the process.
All product material has dynamic energy fields and affect human behavior. There is an abundance of product to choose from as a designer, and so much product to choose from for the consumer. Wood, metal, glass, granite, stone, plastic, acrylic surfaces all have specific energy fields produce an/or emit something. The design elements of line, form, color, and texture produce energy rhythms and effect the energy fields of the consumer.
Line produces the energy of direction and can be created by differing heights of cabinets, or structural patterns in the materials ( granite marble). Some individuals prefer the steady movement of line which helps them “keep the beat in life’ if they are wanting to be ‘on the move all the time.’ Some clients hate it.
Form opens or closes a space. Some clients need large forms that provide protection. Examples of this include contemporary European design providing functional centers based on an area that is formed in ‘chunks for a specific function’ (storage, cooking etc.) Form that closes include larger islands, tall towers, larger doors. Some clients dislike forms that close. Open forms include round shapes, skeletal shapes (open shelves that can be seen through. Form changes the energy flow in the room.
“Everyone has a favorite color, and no one is right or wrong.” Each color has a vibration or wave length, and can effect each client differently. It all depends on what vibration the client is lacking. The color used just balances out their ‘color field.” Cool colors calm, and warm colors speed the heart rate up. All color is correct when used in the right proportion. Additionally room proportions can be changed by using color.