Linda Allen is Lights, Emotion, Action!
Most homeowners are on one side of the kaleidoscope of interior design; wondering what style they should choose, the furniture they should fill their space with, and how they are going to determine the right color palette. On the other side of this creative but very technical journey is the interior designer, ready to help bring clients to the light, where the chaos of endless options is organized and structured.
What might help those stuck with interior designer’s block is stepping into the mind of an interior designer? That’s what we got to do with Los Angeles creator, Linda Allen, and discovered a place where true skill and artistry meet to fluidly realize the spaces many homeowners have trouble picturing on their own. We realized there’s a lot of fresh perspective homeowners might not be getting if they decide to DIY home design.
The pun was intended with “bringing clients to the light” because Linda Allen’s passion is light. And it was a pleasant surprise to discover where this passion stemmed from.
Q. Where did you grow up? When did you realize you wanted to be an interior designer?
“I grew up in Los Angeles, California. I loved designing my bedroom as a teenager. But, I fell in love with theatrical lighting as a competitive and professional ice skater watching all of the colored lights dancing around the skaters. I knew then that I wanted to be in design.”Although ice skating is a few rinks away from interior design, the discipline along with the family support she had seems to have carried its traces and reflected in the tireless, hopeful, and long journey Linda triumphed in inventing and patenting her own wireless outdoor lamp.
Q. What do you wish everyone knew about lighting?
“Without light we can’t see. So, lighting is everything in design. The wrong light can make fabrics, texture, and mood look dismal and flat. The proper lighting can make fabrics, texture, and mood look romantic and enchanting. Mood is everything.”
Q. Color or texture?
Texture creates depth to color - so both.
Q. What is one of the craziest experiences you’ve had with a client?
“We raised the ceiling to make the mirror we bought fit! And when I was at Disney, I once ended up at a tire hubcap shop shopping for light fixture props!”