12 Things I Learned From Kelly Wearstler’s Interior Design MasterClass

CEO Khai Intela
I've always had a love/hate relationship with my childhood home. While my parents embraced an Early Americana look throughout the house, my sister and I were left with plain, white rooms filled with IKEA furniture...

I've always had a love/hate relationship with my childhood home. While my parents embraced an Early Americana look throughout the house, my sister and I were left with plain, white rooms filled with IKEA furniture and garage sale finds. But now, as we find ourselves spending more time at home due to the pandemic, I've been pondering how to transform this temporary space into something more meaningful. That's why I was thrilled to come across Kelly Wearstler's MasterClass on interior design.

12 Things I Learned From Kelly Wearstler’s Interior Design MasterClass Kelly Wearstler demonstrating her design skills.

Here are a few valuable lessons I took away from the class:

1. Give Your Spaces Names

Kelly Wearstler has a unique approach to her design process. She names the figures in her paintings and textiles, using them as inspiration for specific rooms. For example, she created a private dining room at the Proper Hotel in San Francisco inspired by a figure named Gilda. It's all about adding a touch of personality to your space.

2. Invest in What You Love

According to Wearstler, if something catches your eye and brings you joy, buy it. Whether it's a beautiful teapot or a unique spoon, these small details can enhance your everyday experiences and make your home feel truly special.

3. The Connection Between Appearance and Performance

Wearstler believes that when we look good, we feel good. And when our surroundings are functional and aesthetically pleasing, we perform better. So, it's worth investing time and effort into creating spaces that reflect our personal style and enhance our well-being.

12 Things I Learned From Kelly Wearstler’s Interior Design MasterClass Mirrors can work wonders in manipulating space.

4. The Power of Mirrors

According to Wearstler, nothing manipulates space better than mirrors. They can create the illusion of a larger space and add depth to any room. So, if you're looking to make a statement or create a luxurious dressing area, mirrors are your best friend.

5. Embrace Your Space's History

Your space has a story to tell, and Wearstler encourages you to embrace it. Look at the architectural elements and let them inspire your design choices. From hinges and door handles to moldings and windows, consider the canvas you're working with and create a cohesive narrative within your space.

12 Things I Learned From Kelly Wearstler’s Interior Design MasterClass Every design enthusiast needs a metal swatching collection.

6. Build Your Metal Swatching Collection

Every design enthusiast needs a collection of metal swatches. It's a great way to explore different textures and add a touch of luxury to your space. Who wouldn't want a swatch of solid gold?

7. The Power of Color

Color has the ability to transform a space, and Wearstler is a firm believer in its power. White may be a safe choice, but don't be afraid to experiment with bolder hues. Citron for a happy vibe, scarlet red for a sultry and sensual atmosphere. The possibilities are endless.

12 Things I Learned From Kelly Wearstler’s Interior Design MasterClass Textures can be used to create a monochromatic story.

8. Texture is Key

Mixing textures adds depth and interest to any space. Wearstler suggests thinking in terms of a single color when mixing various textures. This approach ensures that even with contrasting materials, everything works harmoniously together.

9. Scale Matters

When it comes to patterns and prints, scale plays a significant role. Smaller-scale patterns can add a touch of sophistication, while larger-scale patterns demand attention and create a focal point. Choose wisely based on the desired effect in your space.

12 Things I Learned From Kelly Wearstler’s Interior Design MasterClass Create spaces that are functional and warm.

10. Functionality is Key

Functionality should not be compromised for style. In her own living room, Wearstler carefully selected furniture that activated the room's architectural features while maintaining comfort. It's essential to find a balance between cool, sculptural design and warmth for when you have friends and family over.

11. Inspiration from the Proper Hotel

As a bonus, the class includes a walk-through of Santa Monica's Proper Hotel. This immersive experience allows you to see Wearstler's design principles put into action. It's a five-star showcase of creativity and style.

That concludes my top takeaways from Kelly Wearstler's Interior Design MasterClass. If you're looking for inspiration and want to transform your living spaces, this class is a must-watch. Remember, it's not just about aesthetics, but about creating spaces that reflect your personality and enhance your everyday experiences. Happy designing!

Written by Diana Ostrom, travel writer and design enthusiast.

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