These symbols for man and woman restrooms on a door caught my eye and gave me a laugh for the obvious reasons, which started me thinking about the power of symbols.
Symbols encapsulate so much meaning without the use of any words and they aren’t hindered by language barriers. Ever notice when traveling in a foreign country where you can’t speak the language how important those simple symbols become to you?
Symbols of a train or luggage, a martini glass, or a bed can make the difference between a great vacation travel day and a not so great one.
Symbols make great personalized art in your home. If you used playful symbols that speak to your interest, what would you hang in your home interior? Food and drink symbols are a relaxed way to give personality to a kitchen design.
Personally I love being outdoors, so a trio of adventure sports symbols hung in a rec room or at a vacation home are a perfect match for me. I especially adore the surfer girl crossing symbol shown below.
If you can’t find the symbol that you’re looking for, they are simple and uncomplicated to create. Draw the outline, create a stencil, and lay it over any surface and spray paint, stipple, or fill in with a metallic leaf. So just think of what you like and then create a symbol for it…the possibilities are endless!
San Francisco interior designer, Kimball Starr, is a commercial design and residential interior design firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kimball works to “change lives one room at a time” through designing creative and innovative interiors across the country.