Following on from last week, I am going to stress to you how important it is to work out exactly what the room you are redesigning is going to be used for and to write down a brief, even if its for your own personal use! I know it might be obvious to you what you are going to use a room for, but it is good practice to write a brief as you can really analyse every aspect of the space before you start. Just write everything and anything you can think of that you and others who will be using the space for, not forgetting pets as they can sometimes have an impact ;)
As you know from last week, the bedroom space I am redesigning is for our 17 year old daughter and, as with any teenager/young adult, their bedroom is used so much more than to sleep in. Here is the written brief for her bedroom redesign:-
Function - Use of Space
- Sleeping - obviously ;)
- Studying for her patisserie qualification
- Hobbies - reading
- Entertaining - having friends round
- Makeup & Hair Styling
- Relaxing - she likes to do this a lot!!
- Using her laptop for social and study purposes
- Our cat, Sasha will be sleeping and being pampered in this room as the two of them are inseparable!
Furniture & Usage Requirements
- Bedside table
- Desk/Dressing Table for computer, study, make up and hair
- Storage - Makeup/Hair styling products/hairdryer (My daughter has more products than me!)
- Storage - Wardrobe/Drawers for Clothing/Shoes/Bags
- Seating - For studying at desk and an informal seating area for relaxing in
- Storage - For her growing collection of cookery books!!
- Storage - General paperwork for college, stationery
TIP! Think about the furniture that is necessary for the room to function well. Always, always assess storage issues and think long term. If your an avid book reader, crafter, sewer, collector etc., you will always need to accommodate further storage requirements as inevitably these hobbies will grow!!
- Task Lighting for studying - Desk area
- Task Lighting - Makeup/Hair - Desk/Dressing table area
- Task lighting for reading - Desk, bed and relaxed seating area
- Good Ambient (General) Lighting - navigation around room and dressing
- Bedside light
- Flexible lighting is required overall to this space as it is multifunctional. Dimmer switches will be included to create different ambient (mood) lighting.
TIP! Look at what needs to be lit in the room from the beginning so that you can assess fixtures, electrical plugs etc. This, as I said last week, is really, really important in creating the perfect space! Think layers of light to any room you are designing for. These layers of light are general (ambient), task and decorative, and if you include accent lighting such as highlighting interior features ie., picture lighting to artwork, alcoves etc you can really will be on your way to creating a beautiful space :D
Our daughter created a mood board to assist me with redesigning her space. It is great because it gives a good visual representation of what she likes in terms of colour and pattern, texture. Remember a mood board is a visual aid. It does not represent the end design at this stage, but more of a starting point to creating a scheme.
The mood board created by my daughter, together with the design brief is the starting point of the design scheme process.
Also try not to copy other peoples styles or decor choices unless they really suit you, your personality and your style as you are going to have to live with them! It's all to easy to see a newly decorated room at a friends house or magazine/catalogue and think that looks fab, and then go about trying to recreate the same look because when you've completed your room, you might just end up hating it. For example, I love Sandra's house, its full of gorgeous colour and pattern. Its pretty and I love it. But no matter how much I love and appreciate all the pretty patterns and colours, I know that its not my style and I couldn't live with it. I like simple and plain, with a little bit of subtle pattern and colour thrown in. I tend to go for colours that are easy on the eye and are relaxing, so more neutral mid tones. I need to have a relaxed feel to our home and too much colour and pattern would off balance the calm that we have created. Also texture is key for me being a tactile person. Touch is just as important as the visual aspects to any interior. Likewise, I know Sandra likes the way my house looks too, but she knows she couldn't live without her colour and pattern because that is her style.
So write down, pull out magazine pages, print off images, create a mood board just remember be true to yourself! If its for a family member, let them do this, without any interference, you might be surprised by their choices.
Final NoteAlthough, there are no rules as to how you should choose a certain style for your home, you should, however, consider the architecture. It is important to take into consideration the style of your home. For example, if you live in a contemporary modern build apartment or house, putting in a traditional farmhouse look would be in conflict with its architecture and vice versa for say, a traditional turn of the century cottage with an ultra modern contemporary interiors. It would create a visual conflict. The architecture and the interior really need to work together to create a cohesive look and feel to your home. Architectural details internally need to be incorporated and included in your design scheme. After all they are the genetic makeup to the space you live in, just don't forget them ;)
Next week, I'll be explaining about spatial planning and how to go about it, as this will be the next step in the design process for our daughters bedroom.
Have a good week friends!! :D