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Add big statement furniture pieces

This is a common mistake most homeowners make —too many small, spindly pieces in one room. A room with leggy chairs, leggy tables and lots of small knick knacks only serve to clutter the room and confuse the eye.

Instead, try for a room that is well mixed. Have a large sofa, some skirted club chairs (so you can’t see the legs) and then one or two slender arm chairs with attractive carved legs (depending on space). This is just one example, but it gives you the idea of mixing furniture styles and sizes so that the room looks balanced not too bulky and not too spindly.

Even if you are decorating a small apartment, there are plenty of decorating ideas to try. Most designers will recommend that even the smallest of rooms have one large statement piece, such as a large armoire or cabinet. A mixture of big and little is key to a successful home interior design. This rule goes with accessories, too.

Use trays, decorative bowls and baskets
Designers love to use trays, decorative bowls and sometimes baskets, to arrange collections or loose items that need a home. For a hint of glamour, try adding a glitzy gold tray to your coffee table, ottoman or side table. On top of the tray, place a pretty candle, a couple of books and a small bowl of colored stones. Little vistas such as this seem frivolous, but they are imperative to a layered, decorated aesthetic.

If you desire a more rustic approach, then try woven baskets in your home. Baskets are fabulous decorative tools that can hide a lot of clutter. Try to create these little niches throughout your home.

You will love how a tray or basket can collect bathroom soaps and perfumes, as you arrange these everyday items into a piece of displayed art.

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SPACE PLANNING AND LAYOUT IN INTERIOR DESIGN

How can you balance great interior design with spectacular, functional space planning? shows you how.

What makes the perfect interior design? we think deeply not only about the look of a space, but how it is going to be used. Therefore, as a reliable interior designer, we strive to understand the needs and wishes of all our clients. We dive deep into their lifestyle, living standards and more besides.

It’s important to us that we understand and appreciate exactly how you are going to use your space. Our interior design studio will work closely with you to explain our processes, and to understand what you need on a series of levels. We’re passionate about delivering dream projects to all our clients. However, we think your end products should be as functional as they are spectacular!

Functionality and Adaptability

We believe in functionality and practicality throughout the home. Our interior design process focuses on creating specific zones for specific needs. In some cases, you may spend more time in your lounge, while others may prefer to keep their kitchen as the heart of their property.

With this in mind, we make sure to create priority spaces. Through our space planning, we want to make sure the rooms you will use the most are those which are most functional and are most comfortable.

In addition to this, we will look carefully at which rooms you want to create for your interior space. Of course, we consider the living room and bedroom, which is what the majority of full properties have. But, perhaps you’d like a functional gym, an entertainment room, or a study. Even if you are working with limited space, we can work to create a discrete, functional interior design for you. For example, we were able to build spectacular, accessible storage in our Wellington Project, creating enough space to store accessories and books, while not taking up a lot of space in the living area.

Volume and Ergonomics

When space planning, we will work with you to establish how to make the most of your existing interior design, and how we can make your volume work for you. If you have a large home, such as that which we worked with on our Clifton Hill project, you will naturally have more leeway. Otherwise, you might prefer an open plan design if it fits your lifestyle. We have a fantastic blog post about open plan spaces you might wish to look at.

Otherwise, make sure to consider practical elements of your home. For example, the height of your family members will influence the height of specific facilities. What’s more, you could introduce property changes that make things cosier, or wider open, as per your daily routines. We will of course discuss all of these points with you during our initial consultations and planning!

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5 Easy Decorating Tips for a Curated Home

5 Easy Decorating Tips for rooms

Want to decorating like a pro? These 5 decorating tips will help get you on your way to a home that’s cozy and uniquely you! From mismatched pieces to texture, to coordination, these are the decorating tips you need to know!

Today I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite decorating tips that will help create a sense of comfort in your home with a curated look.  Anyone can recreate the look of a showroom or a page in a catalog, but a curated home is one that is unique to you and feels comfortable. Regardless of your decorating style, these 5 tips will help you decorate like a pro!

1. COORDINATE THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME

Let me begin by saying that coordinating is not the same as matching.  Coordinating doesn’t mean that you have to use the exact same colors, finishes, or fabrics from one room to the next, but rather that they complement one another.  This could mean you use various shades of a color palette as you move room to room, or you keep a consistent tone {either warm or cool}, etc.

By coordinating your colors and style from one room to the next, you’ll create a more open, flowing space that feels larger.  One caveat, though – I typically follow this only for spaces that are visually open to one another, so feel free to create something unique if a room is separate from the rest of the house {like a bedroom}.

My home has an open floorplan, so I’ve carried the same beiges, blues, and blacks from the kitchen, to my family room, and even into the guest bedroom.

2. INCLUDE A VARIETY OF TEXTURES
Texture adds depth and dimension to a space with helps to give it a warmer feeling and lived-in look. In my home, a lot of my texture comes from vintage books, baskets, and heavily-woven fabrics because those items work with my decorating style.

But even if your style is modern or minimalist, you can still add texture!
Cool grays, whites, and chrome look even better when they are paired with a few great pieces of polished wood not to mention that the wood helps to keep the space from feeling cold.

So as you shop for accessories, make sure to include a few textured items that will help give the space dimension!

3. PULL CONVERSATIONAL FURNITURE AWAY FROM THE WALLS

Sofas, chairs and the like are meant to create intimate gathering spaces where you can talk to one other.

Often times, the first thought is to put a sofa against the wall, but doing so often leaves your seating areas too far apart from one another.  Furniture that outlines the walls also creates an issue with having a large open area on the middle of the room that becomes troublesome to fill!

If you pull furniture away from the wall, you not only create areas for conversation, but also allows you to break up the room’s remaining space and create a cozier feeling overall.

4. MIX AND MATCH

One thing that gives a home its character is the use of different textures, finishes, and styles.  And honestly, it’s a more realistic approach to decorating, in my opinion.  Not everyone can toss out everything they own and start from scratch.  Most of us buy a few items at a time and as our tastes change, our homes become a mishmash of varying styles, finishes, colors, etc.

5. MAKE IT YOUR OWN
A home should always be a reflection of you and your family, so while magazines and catalogs show us lots of pretty pictures, they aren’t realistic and they aren’t you! Always add items that are meaningful to you when you’re decorating, whether family photos, children’s artwork, family heirlooms, or even vacation memories!
Remember, you’re creating a space that is uniquely you!

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What are the key characteristics of a good floor plan when designing your house?

Duplex floor planVersatile and flexible. Make sure in the future an office can easily be turned into a child’s bedroom whether for your family or a future buyer’s.

  • Ideal room layout. Make sure bedrooms are far from entertaining spaces. Bathrooms shouldn’t face common entertainment spaces like dining rooms or living rooms. Most people will like if the kitchen opens to the dining or living rooms so whoever is cooking can still interact with guests or keep an eye on the kids playing.
  • Size matters. Whenever designing any room or hallway, think about how many people will be in that space at one time. Do they have room to move around? Is there room for furniture to accommodate all the planned activities?
  • Fits your priorities and lifestyle. If entertaining is important, make sure there’s a good flow from the kitchen to an outside space and living room. If you work from home, make sure your office gets ideal light and is perhaps in a quiet location. When you do laundry, is it ok if you have to climb three floors to get from your master bedroom to the laundry room?
  • Find the balance between architectural details and practical considerations. Think about the safety of kids, cleaning, heating and cooling bill before falling in love with some majestic staircase or floor to ceiling windows.

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