LIVING WITH STYLE
By Ummehani Officewala
Styles & Trends keep changing. Choose a style for any house completely depends on the people staying there, and their comfort. To me a home decor should be more than just an eye appeal. It should make the room work for the people living in there, by having a gentle and calm effect. A well decorated interior not only functions well but also sets the mood and reflects the personality of the people staying there.
Being a interior designer, I don’t like to follow any rule book that would govern laws for designing. I am a creative type by nature and love to explore, imagine, break rules and follow my dreams and intuitions. Saying that, there are some rough principles which are tried and true things that work, and guides us to ensure a great results every time. I would like to share six points that would help design in better way.
1. THE FOCAL POINT
I believe you should imagine your house with the eye of the person entering your house. What would you like them to see first? Always in any production there is a leading role and supporting cast members. The same holds for a good design. Choose your star and make it the focal point to anchor the room. Allow other items in the room to play a secondary role. If all the items play a leading role, the focal point losses it show and it simply creates a visual noise.
Your focal point could a beautifully design partition or a inbuilt book shelf or a dynamic piece of art or a headboard in your bedroom or hood in the kitchen. Whatever it is, it should draw attention and bring your eyes right to the center of the composition and anchoring it there.
2. FURNITURE ARRAGMENTS
Open space is not a bad thing. It is very important to give your furniture some breathing space. Purchasing expensive furniture doesn’t make sense if the entire room is filled. Rather have fewer better quality pieces that would stand out and don’t have to fight with other furniture for attention.
3. HANG SOME ART WORK OR PAINTINGS
Often when we go to art museums or galleries we see the art work right at our eye level. It is important to maintain scales and human eye level. Galleries and museums hang the art work at midline of each piece is 57 inches to 60 inches. The average human eye level is 57 inches from the floor. In a room where the ceilings soar , there might me chances of hanging the wall art higher. But it needs to relate to the human scale and not the structural scale.
4. ADD RUGS TO YOUR FLOOR
Depending on the size of your room and the kind of furniture, you can choose a rug that would look appealing and smooth. There are three ways to have your rug placed. All on, all off, or front on. Having a beautiful rug on floor gives a luxurious feel. So bigger the better if you have a bigger room.
Imagine my above examples of a leading role or a museum with basic lights. No fun, Right? Everything looks normal, nothing stands out. Lights play a very important role in interiors to lighten and brighten anything around you, and draw anybodies attention. Adding layers of lights can create a lot of drama and interest in the entire living space. Example, pick a focal point in the space and perhaps a secondary focal point and highlight those. Add some ambient lights and some lower lights, like table lamps or wall lights for interest.
6. BE BOLD
Incorporating unexpected elements for drama, like a full height library styled book shelves or a over sized chandelier or a ladder in kids room to reach their full height wardrobe. These things are unexpected in a conventional house but the result has charisma.
Following some guide lines for designing the house is good, but listen to your inner heart and mind, and incorporate something that would put a smile on face, and above all its comfortable. Any overly designed room doesn’t translate it into a modern design. Simply a collection of pillows and haphazard arrangement of an art can also create a dressed down look with a lot of style.