Monday, January 25, 2010

Function vs Beauty in Interior Design

Function vs Beauty in Interior Design

We are currently staying in a beautiful apartment on holiday and it has reminded me that too often as a designer you can get bogged down in the function of a space, making sure it complies with all the rules and regulations and forget about the fun part of interior design - the beauty or decoration of the space. You get so used to looking at plans in black and white, making sure everything works on paper that you don't leave enough time to focus on making the space look beautiful.

Staying here has reminded me that it is equally important to focus on the beauty of a space because at the end of the day this is what really makes you feel good. Lets face it, you feel good when you are in an interior space that looks opulent. It makes you feel comfortable and at ease, provides luxury and most importantly puts a smile on your face.

The purpose of interior design is to create a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, well balanced, functional interior space. Often as a designer we get hung up on one of these areas and the design becomes compromised. Examples of this are when the interior works well ergonomically and is comfortable, but lacks beauty or a focal point, or the flip side, it works well aesthetically, the room is beautiful, but functionally it is impractical and feels broken in it's flow.

To over come these problems we just need to think of interior design as a recipe. You need to remember for each project that you have to follow the basic recipe and then add your "toppings" at the end. This means that you have to look at the space and make sure that you cover all the aspects of design. Obviously this starts with finding out what function the space is to be used for. Then ensure that spatially you can achieve this task. Make sure that the furniture is in proportion to the space and here you can add some design flair. Think about the lighting, is this part of your decoration with free standing or table lamps or are there fixed lights. Look at the floor, after the practical function is achieved, can you improve it, would an area rug make a difference and provide the extra portion of beauty. Keep looking one step further to push your boundaries and see if you can add the extra bit of design flair. Function is vitally important, but we all love to have beautiful things around us too, so don't forget those finishing touches, the cushions, paintings, clocks, vases, candles, sculptures, flowers, plants and curiosities that create conversation and good design.

I hope these few thoughts get you thinking about how you approach your next project, I know I am guilty of focusing on the paperwork in my last project.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Tips for a Tidy House

Tips for Keeping a House Tidy When you are Selling

We are currently in the process of selling our house. Sounds easy enough, but it is the opposite. Trying to keep the house looking great is almost impossible.

Here are a few things that we have done to try and make the job easier, I thought there may be others who are also sharing this experience or are about to.

Firstly, clear out all the things that you don't need. The less there is to tidy the easier it is to keep neat.

Box up all your things that you use once a year and store them somewhere else, or decide if you really need them, and make a decision, keep and store, sell or give away.

Write up a list of who is responsible for keeping certain areas tidy. This way it keep individuals focused on their space.

Eat out! No, just kidding but wouldn't that be an easy option. Make sure that you clean up after each meal, don't leave it to accumulate. Who does that you say? Kids who love to snack do this, they make a quick sandwich, leave out the cutting board, the juice container, and a knife, then the next person in the kitchen leaves an empty packet of crackers, the next an empty bottle and glass, it soon quietly starts to stack up.

Stay on top of things once you have the house tidy. As you walk around the house if you see something out of place in your lovely interior designed home then pick it up and deal with it straight away instead of waiting until later.

Add fresh flowers, these make your house look like a home and they give you the extra feel good that you need to keep up the extra clean and tidy routine.

Vacuum frequently as it stops you moving dirt and dust around from one room to another.

Leave a cleaning cloth in the bathroom beside or under the basin to wipe it down when you have finished using it reduces the build up of soap scum and water marks making it quicker to clean on your regular clean.

Use door mats to reduce the amount of dirt and footprints coming into the house.

These are just a few ideas to keep your house tidy when selling, you can find loads more ideas here.

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