Functionality in Interior Design
July 16, 2015 Steven Murphy
When you are looking to start an interior design project for your next room, you will want to make sure that you do not get so carried away with your design project that you make the room uncomfortable and uninhabitable. It is easy to get excited about all of the great finds that you are making and end up purchasing them all. This can lead to be a disaster because the room could end up being so crowded that a person may end up feeling overwhelmed in it. If walking across the room means that you have to make a few twists and turns, you should realize that you have gone overboard.
Functionality is important with interior design because it will give you the ability to make sure that a room is still open and welcoming. It means that everyone will be able to interact within your room, whether it be sitting on furniture and holding a discussion or mingling around, perhaps with a party. Your future group may wish to all play a game together and you will need room to accommodate this. Functionality means that not only is there enough space for everyone to sit around but enough room for those same people to all stand and interact with each other as well.
This will largely relate to the amount of furniture that you put into a room. Between sofas, armchairs, and just casual seating, you will want to have enough seating in a room to fit a fair amount of people. At the same time, a good rule of thumb would be to have a table for every chair. People always like to have something to drink with them and providing enough space for every chair to have a table to rest a drink on can be important.
Functionality expands to more than just furniture, however. Lighting is another important quality that you will need to allow for when interior designing. If the room does not have enough light for everyone to see what is going on, it will be much harder to entertain people who come to visit. Having enough lighting is important as well as making sure that the lighting is comfortable and not too harsh or too dim.
An area rug may also be an important form of functionality. Many beautiful spaces have wooden floors and while these can look great, they can become especially cold in the winter months. An area rug can help to solve this problem because the area rug will provide some insulation against this chill, helping to keep the heat in the house and escaping through the floorboards.
When you are planning the layout of a room, always keep in mind that you will need to give the room the space to breathe. If everything is too cramped in the room, none of your guests will feel comfortable in it and they will stop spending time in your space. Giving everyone the feeling of being open, yet cozy, will work wonders, however, and make your room be the greatest destination for all future parties.
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