Back to the basics


Welcome back! Clearly I grabbed your attention in the first blog, so yay me! Remember to stay tuned for more reliable and informative tips on how to redesign your home the right way, courtesy of the lovely ladies at Senecal Design Group.

So here’s the deal: redecorating is not so simple. I hate to tell you this, but it’s true. It can be simple if you want to do it the fast way. In that case, you might as well head to a box store and order the generic couch set on sale, spending too much money on something that when you get home you realize doesn’t suit your style or fit in the room. Sometimes redecorating and redesigning your home doesn’t take a handful of cash, but it certainly takes patience and just a little bit of skill.

Which brings me to the first most important aspect of design: the basics. We’re going way-way back with this one. Throw out all your current ideas of what your room should look like and let’s start fresh.

There are many requirements to designing the interior of a home, which we will address in later blogs, but the most important requirement is analyzing the design for effectiveness. The design should be Functional, Stylistic, and a Visual Representation of the person(s) using the space.

Function plays a key role in design. Think of a kitchen… imagine your cupboard doors didn’t open and they were just there for looks. Function plays the same role in every room of your house. They key is to remember that every piece of furniture you choose should have some sort of purpose that reflect the users. For example, you wouldn’t put a hard-back rattan loveseat in a living room where your family spends most of their time relaxing and watching TV. Instead, a nice rattan set would suit better in a sunroom where humidity won’t damage the material and its usage is occasional. “Function is the most fundamental element of design. We design to improve the functioning of our interior spaces and make our tastes and activities within them more convenient, comfortable and pleasurable” – Francis D.K. Ching (1987 Interior Design illustrated). The design of each room should be directly related to the people who use it and the purpose of the room.

Let’s look at the room as a whole. You want to create a space that is effective both functionally and stylistically. The first thing to do is really take a look at what requirements you have for that room; what will the majority purpose be? Will there be children crashing around in it most of the time? Will it be the center hub in your house for wine and cheese get-togethers? Like me, do you require a dance floor for late nights with beer and friends? All of these questions reflect the types of furniture you should choose and their layout within the room.

Take durability and materials into consideration when choosing the furniture. For a living space where children gather, you wouldn’t want to buy a dainty white silk sofa that will be covered in Cheetos finger prints before you know it. On the contrary, this is where you want to spend a bit more money on durability but less on fancy fabrics. Choose an easy-to-wipe leather for the win and perhaps accessorize the room with pieces that hold a lot of storage and decorations that are resilient and secure. Pick flooring that is durable and won’t fade from usage over the years. Choose furniture that is stable and make sure that there is lots of open floor space to play.

Function is a major key element in design for every room in the house. If your furniture and room is not functional for the purpose you need it to be, it is impossible to feel comfortable in the space. Consider all your needs for that room before buying anything new.

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