I always notice a pattern in people who are designing individual spaces within their home. They tend to work on different areas of the space… well, individually.
I imagine that this is because the prospect of designing a space as a collective can be overwhelming, so working on it in sections just makes it easier to handle. The problem with this way of designing is that you’ll probably end up with sections designed differently, and the final result will lack an even flow within the given space.
Here’s an example on how to make things a little clearer. Imagine you wanted to work on your living area space. In this room you’d have the sofa section, a reading section, a library area and the TV wall. Working on all four sections together could be a little daunting, so a natural reaction would be to work on areas separately, but this could turn into a cut-and-paste kind of job where things don’t really work together, and an imbalance in style and colour could become evident.
So what do you do?
You may either call in an interior designer who can professionally work on the space as a whole to create something harmonious, or, if you wish to work on the project yourself, take a few tips from below which should help you make better design decisions that will ultimately lead to a more cohesive space.
Set your colour palette
Here, you’ll be choosing the colours and concept you’re using for the whole space. You can choose from 3 to 5 colours, but there should be the main primary ones and the secondary colours you’ll be using for accent items.
Set your concept, and stick to it!
When it comes to the concept, I wouldn’t suggest mixing two design styles, as this could make things a little tricky for the untrained eye. Sticking to one theme is a little simpler and would do the world of good to the flow of the final product.
Create a mood board
This is so simple to do, especially on pinterest. Get yourself an account, create a board and start pinning inspiration. This will guide you and help evolve your ideas where you’ll finally get a clearer picture of what items you want and what they look like.
Decide what’s practical and what isn’t
It’s so easy to get carried away, especially when there are so many beautiful options to choose from. Yet it’s good to consciously hold back and start thinking in a more logical way. D’you really need that piece of décor, is it practical or will it just gather dust? These are things to think about, as going overboard could create a chaotic and cluttered space and also leave a heavy dent in your bank account!
What to base your choices on
Design choices should be based on two things – aesthetics and value. Function should come before form; just because something’s beautiful doesn’t mean it should fit in your home.
The best way to gather control over this is to make a list of the activities that go on in that given space, then list the items needed to make these activities practical and comfortable. This area should include your sofa with cushions, as this would help you relax. A throw would also be useful on those cold nights and a magazine holder would be great if you like to spend time going through your favourite titles on a Sunday. A reading light would also be essential and if you like to display books and store items close by. A coffee table would also be perfect.
This is the best way to figure out what the space really needs, as opposed to the items you impulsively want.
Research the stores
This is the fun part! Keeping your colour palette and design concept in mind, shop around. Take multiple quotes and see various items from different stores and compare to make sure that you’re getting the best product for you. Always make sure you ask for delivery times as sometimes these can take up to 3-6 months and you may not be willing to wait that long.
Image: Hay store in Amsterdam
Now that you have all the information at hand, it’s time to order your items and keep everything organised, such as delivery times, payments you’ve made and yet to make. Keep track of items you’ve received and make sure you organise the way large items are brought in; it’s not practical having all the furniture in before you’ve even painted the space.
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Have you ever designed your own space? Were there any mistakes along the way