The climate and influences of the Pacific Northwest have led to a design aesthetic that enhances the experience in a region where much of the season is spent indoors. Modern architects influenced much of the Northwest’s home design through the incorporation of natural elements, such as wood and stone. Lighting is an important element, especially in an area that often experiences overcast skies. Large windows let in light and create a natural extension to the outdoors. Indigenous tribal art and Japanese design aesthetics are also commonly found in Northwestern designs.
Elements of design:
- Natural lighting
- Open spaces
- Warm colors, natural fibers, and rich fabrics
- Minimalist and modern furnishings
- Incorporation of the natural landscape through large windows and natural building materials
- Indigenous art and Japanese design influences