Barbara Miller, ASID, CAPS, is a recognized expert on the psychology behind interior design and has been featured in Dwell on Design and This Old House. She previously served as founder and principal designer at Barbara Miller Interior Design.
“Barbara has a keen eye for design, noteworthy experience in the industry, a fun and informative approach with her clients, and a great ability to bring that expertise to every project she takes on. She creates beautiful, highly-functioning spaces catered to the specific lifestyle needs of her clients. We’re proud to welcome her to the Neil Kelly family,” states Randy Hudson, Neil Kelly’s VP Sales.
Tips for Designing Living Spaces For Children and Families
Miller offers the following insight into the psychology behind designing spaces for a family:
- Consider your dining room table’s shape. Rectangular tables convey authority and structure. They are, great for young children if you are looking to establish discipline or a dinner routine. Round tables facilitate discussion and exchange. Consider this shape if you have a ‘tight-lipped teen’ and would like him or her to share more about their day.
- Think of today—as well as tomorrow. If you are remodeling a kitchen or bath, consider lowering the level of your light switches. By lowering light switches to 48” (the ADA height for wheelchair access) you can create spaces that are easy for small children to navigate, as well as homeowners who may need special accommodations in later years.
- Your “clutter” can yield design inspiration. Let the clutter in your home help you prioritize your next remodeling project. Piles of items that seem to regularly appear are not a sign that you are messy but an indicator that your home is not serving you properly. Simple storage solutions that address exactly how your family lives can improve the quality of your life and your sanity!
“When it comes to residential design in Portland, Neil Kelly truly is the pinnacle,” states Miller. “I was attracted to the company’s broad team of designers, project managers and artisans who deliver consistency, quality and unparalleled craftsmanship to clients,” shares Miller.
The photos on this page are of projects Barbara Miller completed prior to starting with Neil Kelly. Stay tuned to this website to see Barbara’s new designs very soon!
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Barbara for several years, and in March 2013 I got to experience her work firsthand when she designed our dining room. Barbara is a consummate professional. She has a keen eye for colors and a vision of how a room should look, but, more importantly, how it should feel. Our dining room was transformed from bland and dysfunctional into a space our whole family can use. Barbara and her team were an absolute pleasure to work with. They were organized, efficient, and made the process seamless and fun! She knows what will work best and guides you gently through the process so that you are thrilled with the end result. We’ve had nothing but compliments about the room that she designed; I would absolutely use her again, and I have referred her to several friends who have had equally positive results.”