Creating a functional home space

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tina-dawson

It’s a part of human nature to be drawn towards beautiful things—even if they aren’t exactly the right choice in the moment. This same theory weaves seamlessly into interior design. You could go through a store and pick up every single stunning accent piece you come across, but when you put them all together in a room without a couch-table set or any other essential —they create clutter serving no purpose at all.

There is no logical way to design a space until you determine its primary function of that  functional space will be. This means that it’s absolutely essential to plan for people and purpose before you ever begin to think about color schemes or styles. While all of those details are extremely fun to participate in and even more exciting to put together, without understanding what a room will be used for, there’s no way to add the right accent pieces.

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alexandra-gorn

Design is best defined, as the realization of a concept or idea into a configuration. Design is everywhere around us and what qualifies as good design differs from one individual to another. However, function holds a more universal definition, function is a reflection of requirement or purpose of the design which comes from human needs and wants. More often than not, we get caught between the design and function. This is because they often feel as though they are being forced to make a choice between two things: form and function.

Plan With A Purpose

It is imperative to define the need of the space, ask yourself if a room will be used for large and frequent social gatherings or filled floor-to-ceiling with children on a daily basis. These two uses require extremely different necessities when it comes to layout and furniture, thus affecting the design of the same.

Create A Vision

Once the space is defined, we dwell upon the client’s desired aesthetic and atmosphere, to create a concept for the space. It’s really about creating a functional vision. There’s a timelessness and longevity to the interior when you can implement that vision that’s been well thought out. 

Be Thoughtful About Materials And Construction

Materials and construction affect how a person experiences the finished room. For me natural and local materials reign supreme. It’s not that everything has to be expensive, there can always be some great finds at lower price points, or an amalgamation of both!

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Juxtapose Contrasting Elements

Juxtaposition is needed so that the eye can appreciate the difference. Juxtaposition is about opposites attracting. Yin and yang balancing. The pull and push of two magnets. Throwing in a circle makes us appreciate the square so much more and creates a better flow.

Strike A Balance

Finding a balance starts with the room’s architectural features, like windows and doors, and then adding in pieces until equilibrium is found. Evaluate sightlines from different vantage points. Spin yourself through the room and think about what you’re looking at from each angle. There is nothing worse than cooking in an un-functional kitchen or sleeping in a bedroom whose layout just doesn’t feel right. Be sure to plan your designs with a purpose while incorporating the desired look for the same. All spaces have presumed functions, but the true function of a space is defined by the lifestyle and habits of the people using it. And that’s what interior design should be centered on: people.

Also Read: Set the perfect lighting for your home

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