Interior Design – for Flight or Delight

Have you ever walked into a room (not the dentist’s) for the first time and immediately felt unsettled and uncomfortable? Instinctively you retreat, with an intuitive sense that something isn’t right.


This experience cannot compare to the pleasure of walking into a room for the first time and immediately feeling calm and relaxed. Such a room seemingly welcomes and embraces you, making you feel good.


The Power of Interior Design

These contrasting reactions are not conscious choices or premeditated physiological responses. We experience these responses on an emotional level – instantaneously and silently, but powerfully.

When a room or space impacts us positively we feel relaxed and comfortable. A negative impact, on the other hand, may trigger a “flight” response which we cannot suppress. We may eventually be overwhelmed by this response and beat a hasty and hopefully graceful retreat.

Visual information can act as a cue to stimulate powerful emotional responses and evoke feelings which ultimately form our experience of a place or space.

Design for Fright

The room is perfectly designed: Grey, cold and sterile. The emptiness punctuated only by the central focal point comprised of a bare metal table and matching chair, ominously perched in the glare of a bright white light.


This unmistakable image depicts the typical interrogation room featured in movies. A space designed to unsettle, unnerve and evoke mortal fear. The design of this room is aimed exclusively at uncovering the truth. And so it does, by creating a cold and fearsome environment for the unfortunate occupant of the chair.

Design for Transformation

Yet, this very same room can be transformed almost instantly – from hostility to tranquility. It can become a warm and peaceful sanctuary for quiet contemplation, by design. This can be achieved quickly and easily by changing the color and the lighting, adding some tasteful furnishings, introducing some inspiring decor and perhaps adding a few topical books.


We get Out what we Design In

Buildings, homes, rooms and spaces are all merely containers or shells, even if they are designed to have their own unique personality. As a shell or container, a space is therefore ultimately defined by its contents. The type of objects and the placement of these objects give definition to a space.


By extension, the design of the container, together with the nature and placement of its contents, determine the character, personality and mood of that space. And ultimately all these elements add to the impact which that space has on those who use it.

The Art and Science of Interior Design

This is essentially the art and science of Interior Design:

The practical provision of functionality, using technical design expressed with artistic talent and flair, within the framework of science, to cause ripples in our continuum of space-time.

To simplify: Interior Design is all about creating beautiful, usable and functional spaces, to enhance our lives and trigger our emotions with striking visual richness.

Really? Yes indeed! I think so…

Inspired design is awe-inspiring. It has an ethereal energy. Transparent at its best, it causes time to stand still as it teleports or catapults us into a time warp, to a different time and place. Our travel will invariably be interrupted and our return to the present may leave us both shaken and stirred.


Great design is the ultimate marriage of art and science, and touches spirit in a special way – infinitely. It is timeless. It has no boundaries. This is where nature shows us the way.
Design Alive
At night the starry heavens greet us with a magical, majestic dark tapestry with highlights of stars and lights. Inspiring. Enchanting. Magnetic. It has a profound effect on our senses – it touches the soul.


The oceans have an equally profound effect on us, as does so many other wonders of our natural world. An effect that is best described with silence.


Our universe – the Master Designer and undoubtedly the greatest designer known to man – uses the canvas of nature to showcase the most glorious and breathtaking designs. Through nature, we are surrounded by the perfect union of art and science every day. It is everywhere and it is alive! The earth. The heavens. The oceans.


Choose the right Designer

Interior designers display their professional mastery using the space as their canvas and creating a masterpiece within the framework of a project. With their skill and expertise a space becomes more and more alive with every addition of a carefully selected object or decoration.

At Gardner Interior (Concepts Cape Town) it is our passion and our mission to give life to space with inspired Interior Design. With us, your project is not just another project. We provide a service to enhance your life.

Contact us today for a superior customer experience and live the difference…