Well Designed Room – What to look for
As most of you have discovered I’m passionate about interior design, it’s my first and foremost creative outlet. The interplay of design elements that form a well designed room never cease to amaze me – the moment it all comes together is truly rewarding. With that in mind, what ARE the tell-tale signs of a well designed room? What should you be looking for to decide this? The 3 guidelines I consider are mood, harmony and function.
Let me ask you this. How would you consider YOUR perfect living room to FEEL to you? It’s a question that takes a little thought I know, there’s a lot to consider. We’re all drawn to our surroundings when they compliment how we want to feel hence the feel of each persons perfect living room is quite individual. Just as each one of us has our own unique style a well designed room has too, we refer to this as a mood. In contrast to us, however, for the most part, a rooms style/mood remains fixed. This is the exact reason we can change our feelings after entering a well designed room because it has a well-distinguished mood – something very important in its design. For instance, would a formal, city chic, shabby chic, casual or energetic mood be best for your living room? What style will suit how you want to feel in this room for most of its uses. Deciding on the mood of your room (style or feel), before you start decorating is good practice, it’s the base of your project. If it feels right you’ll enjoy being in it.
Along with mood, a good design needs harmony! This means that all the items in your room are harmonious with each other. Harmony is achieved by looking at design elements like color, scale and quality. If these are in sync our room comes together better. For example. You’ve spent a good amount of cash on a high-quality sofa, it’s delivered and installed and all you need to do now is add some gorgeous accent cushions. Do you race out to the local department store to jazz up your new asset? If you do make sure to examine how the quality of your new $10 cushion compares to that of your sofa. If it’s not a match you’re not creating the most harmonious room in terms of quality. I don’t mean you can’t find lovely designed cushions or cushions of the same quality as your new sofa for low prices, you can – we all LOVE A BARGAIN especially me but be cautious that your harmony doesn’t suffer by adding cheap quality if you haven’t gone this way in the rest of your room. It’s better to wait till you can buy the right accessories to fit. Harmony is key. Keep searching – it’s part of the fun and if you get tired, give it a break till you’re ready to go again.
Lastly, well designed rooms are functional. For instance, there’s no use having something beautiful and not being able to use it properly for fear of spoiling or breaking it. If you have a family with kids, even grandkids – you know what that feels like. I certainly do. My poor boys had the nickname of the “Breaker Brothers” when they were young, luckily only given jokingly by Nanna, but they deserved it, they broke things when they visited, it happened at my house too. I’m breathing out now that they’ve grown out of it!!! That aside, this kind of “life getting in the way” design priority, doesn’t mean you have to always go without – just give serious thought to your options putting function high on your list of importance. Making better functioning choices may mean you’re actually going WITH – not without. If your room can’t be used the way it should for its realistic function – not idealistic function – then it isn’t well designed. You won’t get the enjoyment out of it that you really should and as a result, it isn’t worth the sacrifice. A well-functioning room will lend itself to comfortable, more joyous living – we all want that.
With these things in mind, be sure to have fun with your next room design project remembering mood, harmony and function as the three guidelines that will help you achieve a good design.
I hope you enjoyed reading these tips, here are some of my personal picks for a well designed living room suited to my family. Enjoy searching the net to find inspiration from beautiful rooms, you never know where it will lead you.
There are so many beautiful things around I could have added plenty more…