Purpose & Function of Interior Designing

One of the first rules of design is to make a room fits for its purpose, so begin by evaluating the space you have and work out how it can be used.
When looking at a room, whether large or small, it is important to decide exactly what it needs to do. Ask yourself some basic questions, for example will it be a primary function space with one task, or a dual function space with two tasks such as kitchen and dining room.
Part of this analysis involves looking at your lifestyle-if you don’t enjoy cooking and entertaining at home then you don’t need a large kitchen so you may be able to free up space to accommodate another task such as laundry, or if you have a lot of possessions or equipment, additional storage.
Conversely, if the kitchen is small but you want to use it for dining, entertaining and cooking, could use functions such as the storage required for a pantry /washing machine/dryer be relocated to another area therefore freeing up space to accommodate chairs/table? Would a folding table be an option, so that it can be stored away neatly when not required?
If you have a busy family home with adults and teenagers rushing to get out of the house at the same time, an additional shower room could relieve the pressure on the main bathroom. The shower could be installed in an unused or under-used space such as beneath the sloping rise of a staircase or in a bedroom where an enclosure could be constructed or a bath slotted in behind a low or half wall or an opaque glass screen.
The direction a room faces will affect the penetration and quality of natural light and may also influence your choice of function you place there. For example a bedroom that faces in the direction of the sunrise will be light and bright in the mornings making it easier to wake up and get out of bed, whereas a room that faces in the opposite direction will be cool and dark, and make you stay under the bed for longer time.
This sort of analysis and overview will make you think about each room in turn and explore the options and possibilities available.

Introduction to the basic principles of Interiors & Decor for beginners

Deciding how to decorate your home can be a daunting task, some people look for inspiration in the pages of interior & decor magazines, or the colours of a favourite painting & artworks, even the pattern of a carpet or curtain fabric. Then there are tricky questions of how to find an overall style? What shapes of furniture to chose and how to arrange it to so that the layout of a room is cosy and comfortable but still spacious and easy to more around? All these things make it difficult to know where to start with your interior journey?

There are tricks of the design trade and all sorts of information available on interior websites and through interior designers and decorators, but the aim of our blog “The Interior Directory” is to simplify and structure the basic principles of design so that they are easy to follow, whether you are starting a scheme from scratch or reinventing an existing space of your own office or home.

As you gather design ideas it is helpful to put them in a file or folder, especially pages taken from interior magazines showing the particular drape of a curtain or piece of bedroom or living room furniture you like, plus swatches of wall paint colours or fabric that might work for your decoration ideas. Also carry the specific note pad in which to keep useful phone numbers, colour references and lists that you can tick or amend as you progress

Good design achieves a sense of place, somewhere with an interesting and memorable appearance. This can be done by highlighting features, using colour effectively and careful arrangement of furnishing and accessories. As with fashionable clothing the most successful “looks” are achieved by mixing and matching brands and labels, as well as things that are old and new.

A complete, head to toe designer outfit will be memorable for the designer label rather than person wearing it, but if you customise the outfit with your own accessories and mix in a different shirt or belt, then the outfit will take on your look rather than that of a designer. The same rule applies when decorating a room, it is how you interpret and adapt a scheme that makes it unique to you.

Don’t be intimidated by the vast array of choices and the mass of information available. It is the matter of editing it down until you find what suits you, and remember you don’t need to be wildly bold to make an impact, subtle shades, simple furnishings and few well placed accessories can be effective when creating a comfortable and relaxing home.

Introduction to the basic principles of Interiors & Decor for beginners

Deciding how to decorate your home can be a daunting task, some people look for inspiration in the pages of interior & decor magazines, or the colours of a favourite painting & artworks, even the pattern of a carpet or curtain fabric. Then there are tricky questions of how to find an overall style? What shapes of furniture to chose and how to arrange it to so that the layout of a room is cosy and comfortable but still spacious and easy to more around? All these things make it difficult to know where to start with your interior journey?

There are tricks of the design trade and all sorts of information available on interior websites and through interior designers and decorators, but the aim of our blog “The Interior Directory” is to simplify and structure the basic principles of design so that they are easy to follow, whether you are starting a scheme from scratch or reinventing an existing space of your own office or home.

As you gather design ideas it is helpful to put them in a file or folder, especially pages taken from interior magazines showing the particular drape of a curtain or piece of bedroom or living room furniture you like, plus swatches of wall paint colours or fabric that might work for your decoration ideas. Also carry the specific note pad in which to keep useful phone numbers, colour references and lists that you can tick or amend as you progress

Good design achieves a sense of place, somewhere with an interesting and memorable appearance. This can be done by highlighting features, using colour effectively and careful arrangement of furnishing and accessories. As with fashionable clothing the most successful “looks” are achieved by mixing and matching brands and labels, as well as things that are old and new.

A complete, head to toe designer outfit will be memorable for the designer label rather than person wearing it, but if you customise the outfit with your own accessories and mix in a different shirt or belt, then the outfit will take on your look rather than that of a designer. The same rule applies when decorating a room, it is how you interpret and adapt a scheme that makes it unique to you.

Don’t be intimidated by the vast array of choices and the mass of information available. It is the matter of editing it down until you find what suits you, and remember you don’t need to be wildly bold to make an impact, subtle shades, simple furnishings and few well placed accessories can be effective when creating a comfortable and relaxing home.