When approaching a new space, interior designers focus on function, mood, and personality. While these design concepts are a little bit harder to grasp than straight forward rules and paint color regulations, designers always assess their ideas on how well they improve function, mood and personality. Some designs may be dazzling, fun, and totally you, but completely non functional. Something else may be super functional and have a positive mood, but entirely miss your unique personality. Finding the right balance between the three design focuses helps designers remember that interior decor isn’t simply an expression of style, it’s an improvement on a living space.
Before you start breaking open the cans of paint and pulling up the carpets, consider how your home modifications will ultimately define your mood, express your personality, and improve function within your day to day life. By simply thinking about your needs and how they relate to the three concepts, you can begin to form a decorative game plan that will enhance your home.
The first thing designers consider is function. Designing a space is more than just how the space looks. The space should be a functional part of your life and it should work for you.
Those floor level drawers and the staircase are not simply designed to look good; they are designed to function in multiple facets of life. When first making your design plans, think about what you need to be able to do in the space. How many people are going to be using the space? What will they use it for? How much space do you have to work with? These are all questions you should be asking and addressing when planning a space.
One important aspect of function is always storage. Excellent storage solutions enable us to find everything we need quickly without living through clutter and chaos. If you find yourself prioritizing mood and personality to the detriment of storage, think again. Without good storage, your awesome style will be hindered by misplaced items and objects you don’t have a place for.
A space does not need to have a lot to be well-designed. It just needs to have what it needs. Identifying your needs is the first step to planning your home makeover.
A room has a mood or feeling that is determined by the colors, styles, fabrics, lighting, furnishings, and decorations implemented. Because there are so many different ways to combine textures and patterns, it’s best to derive a theme from an inspirational piece to help give you direction.
You can see these two rooms have very different attributes which affect our mood in very different ways. The turquoise room uses much brighter colors, softer design elements, and larger patterns. The charcoal room uses darker color palettes and sharper, more finely tuned patterns. The first feels sunny, fresh, and mature while the second feels warm, romantic, and funky. Choosing an inspiration such as these will help you find what sort of space makes you feel good when you look at it.
Once you have the previous two elements figured out, you are now free to put a bit of yourself into the room. What will your personal stamp be? You can accessorize with photos either of you or that represent your interests. You can use eclectic/unique focal points such as vases and light fixtures that are a little outside the box. A sure fire way to add personal flare to a space is to harness the powerful element of unexpectedness. A brightly painted ceiling would add some unexpected design elements. A vibrant rug with an interesting visual texture could add some personal quirkiness as well.
If you incorporate these three basic concepts into your next decorative plan, you will be sure to create a space that is beautiful, unique, and comfortable.