Saturday, October 22

Function, Mood, Personality - A Good Mix to Pulling a Room Together


What is the room used for or what is the main function and focus in the space?
  • Will you be watching television, listening to music, studying, dining, doing crafts, reading, cooking, entertaining?
  • Once you have decided what the main activity in the room is, then you will be able to determine what type of furniture and lighting is needed.
  • You will also be able to decide how the furniture should be arranged, determine the traffic pattern or flow through the room, and what your main focus is in the room.
A focus point is an important element in the room.
  • A natural focus point is something the eye travels to immediately upon entering the room, like an architectural element such as a fireplace mantel or built-in bookshelves.
  • If you don’t have a focus point you can create one by using artwork, a colorful area rug, a quilt or other fiber art, a decorative furniture piece, or paint one wall a different color.
The furniture needs to be functional.
  • The right type of furniture for the different activities can make or break how the room will be used or not used. 
  • The proportion or size of your furniture is important to the activities in the room too. If the furniture is comfortable the room will be used. 
  • The floor plan and furniture arrangement is arrange around the focus point keeping traffic patterns open. 
There are three types of lighting you can select for the room and you will probably use all three. The lighting needs to be functional and visually appealing.
  • Task lighting is for reading, sewing, or any close work or project where more light is needed. 
  • General lighting is usually overhead lighting. It is just enough light to illuminate the room and keep you from bumping into things. 
  • Accent lighting is used to highlight special items in the room such as artwork, collectables, up-lighting, or creating interesting shadows. 
What is the feeling or mood of the space you want to convey?
  • The “feeling” of the room can be warm and comfy, romantic, peace and tranquility, and the list goes on and on. 
  • The feeling of the room is created by choice of colors, texture, pattern, style of the furnishings, and accessories. 
The inspiration for the room is the key to pulling it all together.
  • As an example using the colors from upholstery, a pillow, artwork, a quilt or other fiber art, a vase, just about anything. 
  • It should make you feel good; make you smile when you look at it. 
  • From this one item, the room"s colors, the wall treatments, furniture and accent pieces are developed. 
  • You may be able to determine a design style or theme from your inspiration. 
Colors should always support the theme. At least three colors are needed in a room.
  • Dominate color for walls, carpeting, and fabric. 
  • Secondary color is found throughout the room in fabrics and accessories. 
  • Accent color is used in moderation to give excitement and energy to the room. 
Use a variety of pattern and texture to keep the room interesting.
  • Patterns and prints look dimensional and add depth to a decorating scheme. 
  • You can mix different patterns like stripes, checks, floral, and plaids if all patterns use the same colors and vary the scale or size of the patterns. 
  • Accessorizing is the jewelry of the room. 
  • It should support the design style or theme and make you feel good. 
  • Place them on the walls, mantels, furniture, tabletops, and floor. 
  • They can be pictures, pillows, area rugs, a collectable, something that reflects who you are. 
  • The unexpected “accessory” should support the design style or theme and it can add whimsy or just be an interesting object. 
  • Humor is optional but a nice touch. 
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