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Element #6: Using Space in Interior Design

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Using Space Effectively

The most obvious element of interior design has to be the element of space. Before you dream up a beautiful room, you have to have a physical space in which to place all the components. In technical terms, the element of space in interior design means the length, width, and height of your design area. It also includes the area surrounding furniture, wall art, and other design elements.

Just as there are rules about how to effectively use color in interior design, there are rules governing how to use the element of space. These rules help craft a balance in the room and ensure that the area is useful as well as accessible. Here are three fundamental parts of the element of space to consider as you work out your interior design.

Evaluate the Purpose of the Space

What will this space be used for? Is it a work space? A recreational area? Does it have a single purpose, or multiple uses?

If you’re decorating a large, multi-purpose space, try creating zones for the different purposes. You might have an area with a desk, chair and lamp for a work space in one zone with a couch or chaise and coffee table in another area for relaxing. Repeating patterns or colors across the zones will help connect them together into a cohesive room.

Positive vs Negative Space

The Golden Ratio

One of the guiding principles in interior design is scale and proportion. A common tool for achieving a balanced scale and proportion in a space is the golden ratio. The golden ratio, which works out to be about a 60:40 ratio, appears often in nature, and when it’s used in interior design it creates a balanced space that pleases our eye.

For example, when you consider your floor space, fill sixty percent of the space with furniture or objects and leave forty percent open. This helps keep the room from becoming too cluttered or overwhelming.

Connections Between Spaces

Consider the ways the room connects to adjacent spaces. Be sure to leave walkways and entrances or exits as open and unobstructed as possible. This is a safety issue as much as a functionality or design issue.

Also consider the windows in the room. Including the view of the outside in your design plan makes use of natural light and makes the room feel more open.

Invest in Your Health and Your Future

Home is the place we spend the majority of our down time. It’s where we rest and recharge. Having a beautiful space that’s uncluttered and easy to maintain frees up more of your time and supports your health and wellness. A beautiful home is also an investment in your future. It raises the value of your property and makes your home more appealing to potential buyers.

I’m here to help. With the technology of online meetings, I can view your space and discuss design elements with you virtually. It’s a timesaver as well as a money-saver! Contact me today to set up a consultation so we can start investing in a space that works for you and looks beautiful.