By Tushar Mistry, Principal Architect of Tushar Mistry Design Studio (TMDS)
The design process is crucial to the success of any home renovation project. Essential home decorating principles must be adhered to complete a project successfully. The most enjoyable part of the process occurs during the design stage. However, this step can be just as challenging. Writing down your thoughts and plans can be a daunting task. The results of a renovation can be maximized through careful planning of the available space and consultation on the concept or colours to be used.
Any home renovation must include room layout design. Space planning begins with understanding building traffic. It considers room function and users. Space planning is a multi-step process that maximises square footage. This also shows how to get around. Textures, colours, and furniture complete the plan.
Using your space without planning can lead to many problems. Renovations depend on space planning in interior design. Start by touring your space and deciding what to do. What do you want to improve by remodelling? Can you live without any of these? These questions will help you prioritise, focus, and adjust your budget.
Using Lighter tones
It’s common knowledge in the decorating world that using lighter paint colours can make a space feel airier and more open. To maximise the benefits of natural light, it is best to have light and bright walls, as they are more reflective and create the impression of more space. Shades of dark colours tend to soak up the available light, making rooms appear smaller than they are. Lighter colours are better for smaller homes because they allow for more variety in the way accessories are displayed. Therefore, a subdued and muted background is required. Shiny surfaces, like satin or eggshell, will reflect light and give the room an even more open feel. In addition, it can be used in any design scheme or space.
Mirror for illusion
In a small living quarter, mirrors become invaluable. If your bedroom or living room is on the narrow side, you can make it seem longer by placing mirrors along the walls. You can make the room appear much larger by strategically placing both large and small mirrors. A room can appear more spacious and airier with the help of mirrors. It helps create the impression of depth if you angle them so that they reflect a focal point. To create the illusion of more height and space, simply hang a tall mirror on the wall. Mirrors of extreme height and narrow width can be used to create a wide variety of fascinating optical illusions. Mirrors should be hung opposite windows or other design features whenever possible for the desired effect.
Glass can be folded or slid to create movable partitions that can separate rooms. It’s great to have this on hand for social gatherings. It’s adaptable and can become a cosy nook in which to relax in seclusion. If the room is limited in size, glass walls can work wonders. High-quality sliding room dividers can effectively partition large rooms into smaller ones while still allowing the full space to be utilised if desired. A room divider is a smart purchase because it can be used in multiple ways and improves the aesthetic appeal of your home as a whole. A glass divider is a great way to divide up a large kitchen or living room without sacrificing any of the room’s original layout. A small study, dining area, or comfortable lounge, this area has many potential uses.
Include furniture that can be folded away neatly out of sight until it’s needed. As soon as they have finished using the room, they can put their things back where they found them. If you ever find yourself in need of them, you can rest assured that they will serve their purpose admirably and be simple to put into action. Horizontal surfaces can be created on demand with the help of foldable dining tables and study ledges, leading to the creation of incredible utility spaces. On the other hand, if they are vertical, they add less height but make the room appear larger.
Full-length curtains and other similarly sized window dressings make the room look bigger. Adding full-length mirrors to a room is a perfect way to make it seem more spacious. Curtains hung from the ceiling in long vertical stripes are perfect for rooms with low ceilings because they give the impression of more height. However, if your curtains are short or if your walls are decorated with horizontal stripes, the room will look smaller than it is. Placing the curtain rod as high as you can above the window gives the illusion that the window and wall are further apart. If the rail is mounted near the ceiling, it gives the impression that the wall is higher than it is. As a result, the entire space feels larger than it is.
Shelving’s main drawback is its propensity to become chaotic. The removal of items and the accompanying risk of their toppling over can quickly lead to chaos. Use drawers, not shelves, to store items in the closet so that they are out of sight but still easily accessible. A lot of the clutter that accumulates on the exterior surfaces can be eliminated if bars that aren’t used frequently are stored at the base. Gaining access is simple, and bending over is no longer necessary.
Larger rugs also play a significant role in visually expanding the visual field of the room. Low tables and chairs can be used in rooms with limited headroom. Keeping the geometry intact and avoiding shape play is advisable. Also, avoid making radical shape changes, but piling on the furnishings and hanging up some art will completely alter the atmosphere.
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