What is the one big ingredient to successfully decorating any space? Is it the right furniture, the right wall color or the lighting in the room? We say no, it is not any one element but an amalgamation of all these elements put together in perfect harmony. Didn’t we tell you before- design is where science and art meet. So how do you find that elusive balance while planning your space? Read on to find out…
The first step is to decide the purpose and function of your room. What will be the use of this room- is it a living room where you will entertain or the family room where the whole family will sit together and watch TV or have tea. The function of any room is the strongest cue to what kind of décor will be suitable for it and how the space needs to be utilized.
It is all very well to envision what you will do with the particular space but unless one has a map of the room or area- everything you do is useless. A floor plan is important to figure out the space available to you and can help you avoid the mistake of placing heavy furniture in areas where it may block the passage or restrict movement. The basic purpose of a floor plan is to tell you how much area you have, where you can and can’t place things, how big or small your furniture should be and so on. If we haven’t stressed enough, then we say it again, the foundation of a comprehensive interior design plan includes accurate dimensions of your living space.
Well, not literally but then planning any space or area does require that we take into consideration our basic nature and personality. While there are people who see a room full of furniture and lots of decoration items as warm and welcoming, some might be happy with just a sofa chair and ottoman in the same room. The trick is to think of yourself and your requirements objectively before making any decisions. The individual living needs of a couple with small children and a family where children are in college will be very different and hence keeping these aspects in mind is critical to achieve your ideal layout.
Now sometimes, the space you are decorating can have a central focus point naturally, say there is a window that overlooks the garden or a floor to ceiling book case. In such cases, the designing of the entire space is centered on it. However, in the absence of any such focal element, it is your choice entirely to choose the focal point of your room. A red wall, a beautiful painting, a decoration item or a rustic rug full of earthy tones- anything and everything can be the one highlight of a room in such a case. A TV console, a statement wall- full of family pictures, a beautiful chandelier, a big chair or a quirky sofa seat are all examples of common focal points.
Now that we have all the basic elements in place from what is the room for to who is using it and what is the highlight of the room, let’s talk about the things that add depth and meaning to the room. These are the decorative pieces and elements which are there as an aesthetic add on instead of being functional or utilitarian. While a lot of people may feel that a room is good enough without these objects, but one has to experience the warmth and freshness a potted plant or a tribal vase from Assam can add to the room. Here one needs to remember the thumb rule- if you like it then you will find a way to make it work…or we are always there to help
At the end, these 5 points can help you in designing the perfect space for yourself. When you incorporate all these elements in the planning process then you will achieve a well-decorated aesthetic full of depth, warmth and character….a place that is a reflection of you, your style and your needs. To help you with all these aspects please contact www.maximalinteriors.com