CREATING A BEAUTIFUL HOME FOR YOU & YOUR FAMILY IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLEASURES IN LIFE

When I am working with clients, I always try to get to the real psychology beneath the many layers of desire and need. It is my firm belief that you are never going to live properly in a space unless you have uncovered those facets and found the core of what makes you feel good. In essence, your home must represent who you are.

We all have a vision of how we want to live, but rarely do any of us actually look at how we really do live—what we do habitually, what makes us happy, what works with ease, what creates tension. Does your fantasy match up to reality? So, each of us has to look at what we would like against what we need, balanced with what we can afford, and come up with the best possible compromise in order to end up with that good feeling. That sense of contentment is the holy grail of how to live, and it is different for everyone.

With the experience of over a decade, I find out People often think that interior design is mostly about the design of a room. But in fact it is more to do with a room. I am a great believer that every home should reflect their needs

 

We guide our client through the process from two dimensional concept to three dimensional reality. Here we take a quick look at the elements and how to approach them.

  • Function

  • Space Planning

  • Design Consideration

  • Lighting Design

  • Storage Design

  • Managing the Budget

  • Project Management

FUNCTION

Function is to do with the way you and your family live. It means analyzing in minute detail all your daily activities and routines; From where you eat breakfast, to which side of the bed you like to sleep on, to how you apply make up. Each activity has its own pattern, and in order to create a home that is absolutely right for you, you need a design that is in tune with that routine.

Writing your wish list should be the first step, it is always better to start with big picture and work backwards. Often people are surprised at what can be created by making a few simple structural changes to achieve their need.

SPACE

Having considered what you and your family need from your home, you now have to find ways of making the space you have fulfill those needs. The success of interior design is dependent on a lot more than the decorative ingredients.

Every house has its awkward spaces - dark corners, difficult proportions, or odd shapes. The Trick is to draw attention to those areas that have more light, harmony, or symmetry, so making the tricky places less visible.

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EXAMPLE OF PROBLEMS TO TACKLE

Here are some examples of how we approach to solve the problems

1. irregular shaped living room

2. Bottom part of the living room only have a small window, which is facing the back of other block closely (lack of light)

3. The Corridor is too long and lack of enough nature light

Before

Problem 1 : Irregular shaped living room

After

Customer made sofa to fit the shape of the living room,shoe cabinet  fill the shape and provide the function, with the extendable tv mount, give you comfortable viewing angle.

Problem 2

  • small window facing back of other block closely

  • lack of light and privacy

  • the Window, the Beam,  and the AC combined a odd outlook

After

After

  • The AC unit was relocated

  • Custom made Cabinet to solve the problems

  • Light added to the cabinet 

  • Reflect material used to reflect the nature light

  • Sliding door Hided the problems

  • Storage created behide the sliding door 

  • AC Unit located on top for better air circulation

  • Symmetry and Harmony

Before

Problem 3

  • The Corridor is too long

  • Lack of enough nature light

  • Especially when all doors closed

  • Removed the Wall between the corridor and kitchen 

  • Glass Partition

  • Glass Sliding door

  • Grey mirror Hanging Cabinet reflect light

Nature light go through the glass to the corridor. Sliding door save space, grey mirror hanging cabinet helps reflect light to the corridor

It is important to plan on paper where specific pieces of furniture are to go.

Before

DESIGN CONSIDERATION

Interior design isn’t purely about letting your creativity run free, it’s also about the layering and interplay between elements of the room. To achieve this, your design should pay consideration to the following elements.

MOOD BOARD

Once you know what you want from each room, you can start bringing your ideas to life. Lay out a board and add images. See what goes together and what doesn't. How do different combinations make you feel. 

Creating a board takes ideas from the confines of your head and makes exploring them a physical processs. It’s a focus points that you keep coming back to — moving and changing things as you gain a clearer understanding of what you want. Working with this scrapbook of inspiration gives you something tangible to discuss as a family. It’s the place where you discover your mutual likes and dislikes. Make you mistakes here and not in the end result.

ZONING

Most rooms have a level of multi functionality within them. This means that you have to be aware of the zones within a room- what they are used for, who uses them and when. These zones define the layout of a room, affecting not only where you position the furniture, but also where to site lighting, power points. The art is in achieving a room that looks seamless and unified, while also comprising different zones. You can do this by using the grid to divide a space according to function. This may be through a change of flooring, ceiling, material

The Grid

A room is a three dimensional cuboid made up of six surfaces: floor, ceiling, and four walls. Imagine these as planes on which you can play vertical and horizontal lines. The important thing is to begin to see a space in different way - not as an empty shell, but as a pure canvas on which the vertical and the horizontal can be explored. This grid structure can be echoed in every element you bring into a room. The grid is the bone structure of a room. It forms a firm foundation to the rest of the decorating scheme and is essential for getting the internal architecture right. If everything is chosen and placed with the grid in mind, no ingredient will look wrong.

SYMMETRY AND BALANCE

The human brain craves symmetry. It creates a sense of order in our chaotic world and soothes us with calm. We have to find ways to bring balance into asymmetrical spaces. To improve symmetry, use the idea of the grid within design, emphasizing the vertical and horizontal planes to add a sense of order.

SCALE & PROPORTION

Scale & Proportion can transform the mood of a room and enhance its architecture.

If you want to create drama or a sense of space, consider adding over-sized items. To give height to a room, choose a piece that exaggerates the vertical plan. 

COLOR & TEXTURE

Color & TEXTURE is the most primal element in design. They can demand attention and manipulate the emotions of a space, smooth and calm the senses

CONTRAST

Two objects with contrasting textures and colors will enhance each other's characteristics and create impact. It is the key to bringing balance and interest to a room.

STORAGE DESIGN

Well-planned storage adds aesthetically to your scheme and allows you to keep your beautiful space free of clutter. Without adequate and suitable storage, a room becomes disorganised chaos. But there’s more to storage design than you might first imagine, and the process begins at the very start of your design journey.

Where to begin with storage design 

As part of the initial interior design process, you will identify exactly how you use a space and what you need from its design.

You should build storage into this conversation. Write a list of every activity that happens in a room and all the associated items that you need to house.

Where will you keep your sheet music and the children’s art materials? What about those beautiful champagne flutes and your treasured vinyl collection?

How do you want to organise and access items? What do you want to have on display?

Function and form 

Whether you choose built-in or freestanding storage, it should fit with your overall scheme. There’s no place for a purely functional item in design. It will compromise your entire look. Equally, storage that puts form before function will be a constant source of frustration. Identify the functional needs of your storage design first. You can then incorporate materials, colours and textures that build on your scheme.

Custom-made cabinetry

Cabinetry is not just about storage, but about display and concealment too. It can incorporate obvious elements such as bookcases or floating shelves and less obvious, it can also be used to camouflage unsightly air-conditioning units. 

Consider storage alongside your lighting scheme 

Install integral lighting into your storage. It will help you to find things, and it adds a layer of atmospheric lighting into the room. If your storage combines display, add accent lighting to highlight the features of your showpieces.

LIGHTING DESIGN

Good Lighting is about reflecting your mood, and acknowledging that this mood may gradually shift and change throughout the day.

It’s important to shape your lighting scheme in the initial stages of your design plan. Rewiring and moving power points is a messy and disruptive business that needs to happen before you decorate and dress your room. 

We use our homes for a range of purposes throughout the day. Each activity brings its own mood and functional needs in terms of light. It’s essential to understand types of light and what they can achieve before settling on your scheme.

GENERAL LIGHTING

General lighting should provide enough illumination in a room to create a backdrop for living. Wall and floor washing is a more attractive way than the old-fashioned central pendant.

TASK LIGHT

Task lighting focuses on areas where additional light is needed for certain functions, such as reading, makeup.

Mood Light

Mood lighting is all about ambience - making a room feel inviting and comfortable. 

SPOT LIGHT

Spot light usually applies to highlighting special features, such as artwork, to which you want to draw attention. 

Successful lighting is all about layers, and should enhance the way you live in a comfortable, relaxed way.

MANAGING THE BUDGET

One of the first things you have to determine is the amount of money you can afford to spend on the work you want to do. It is essential that you are honest about how much you can afford.

Changing your mind after the event is the expensive expense you can make, so stay focused and take every decision after careful consideration.

 

You cannot run away from the cost. the cost is the cost

Study your list of needs against your budget, and accept that you will have to compromise. Each and every one of us has to do so.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

The most important part, yet the easiest part people usually don’t take it seriously

The process of interior design is not only about being creative – and passionate about making your home beautiful – it is also about being superorganized. You have to understand every aspect of the project, from how to read floor plans and elevations to how to run a team and make a budget stretch.

Organization is the key. Renovating a home is a huge undertaking that involves many people. It is essential to know how to project-manage well, because creating a home also means running budgets, managing building teams, materials, and implementing schedules.

Retain control of the design down to the tiniest details.

Take the bathroom, for example. It is obvious that the plumbing has to go in before the sanitaryware is installed. But you will need the sanitaryware on site so that tilers can make templates on the floors before cutting tiles to fit. In fact, the sanitaryware may be one of the last things to be installed, but is the first thing to choose because of its impact on the rest of design.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

The most important part, yet the easiest part people usually don’t take it seriously

The process of interior design is not only about being creative – and passionate about making your home beautiful – it is also about being superorganized. You have to understand every aspect of the project, from how to read floor plans and elevations to how to run a team and make a budget stretch.

Organization is the key. Renovating a home is a huge undertaking that involves many people. It is essential to know how to project-manage well, because creating a home also means running budgets, managing building teams, materials, and implementing schedules.

Retain control of the design down to the tiniest details.

Take the bathroom, for example. It is obvious that the plumbing has to go in before the sanitaryware is installed. But you will need the sanitaryware on site so that tilers can make templates on the floors before cutting tiles to fit. In fact, the sanitaryware may be one of the last things to be installed, but is the first thing to choose because of its impact on the rest of design.

" Living is feeling. And how

you want to feel can be reflected

in every aspect of your home. "

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