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When planning a new scheme, one of the most often overlooked considerations is layout. How your space works is very much determined by the layout – get this right and the rest of the scheme will be easier to navigate. Here is how to avoid some very common mistakes that can affect the look and enjoyment of your interiors.

Don’t over clutter a room

“Sometimes less is more” said Mies Van Der Rohe. Visualize the result you want to achieve and start filling the room with the furniture. At first, the room may feel cluttered and chaotic but this is the moment when you start to remove objects that you find are not engaging with the space. Leave only the ones that you think are fundamental for the look you want to create. Sometimes what you leave out is more important than what you put in!

Keep function in mind

Consider how the room will be used, a busy family room will have a different function from a private study or bedroom. The function of the room should not only influence the choice of decorating style and colour scheme, it should also be a key driver when planning the room layout. Is the room a “transitional” space – do people need to pass through it to get to another part of the house? Consider traffic flowing through the space and lay out your furniture accordingly. Will the space be used to accommodate groups of people or only two or three people at a time? Will the room be used to watch television, or to dine, or to work? If it’s a multi-functional open-plan space, can you use the furniture layout to create zones with the interior – a space for dining/cooking/relaxing etc? Furniture is a great way to break-up a large space to make it appear less imposing and more intimate. All these factors will influence how you lay out the pieces within the room. Careful consideration at this point will ensure a successful interior space which will be both functional and enjoyable to use.

Light effect

Lighting is an intrinsic part of any scheme layout – and one that is terribly underestimated – lighting can make or break a scheme. When it’s right, you shouldn’t notice it. Again careful consideration should be given to the function of the room and what kind of ambience is desired. For instance, for intimate relaxing with friends or family, table lamps with a soft yellow glow are preferable to harsh ceiling pendant lamps. For reading/working, a strong directional lamp at the proper height should be used. You may want to use mirrors to reflect natural light and make the space look bigger. Don’t make lighting an after-thought when designing your scheme, make it integral to the design process and you’ll create the perfect interior.

If you are struggling to create the ideal layout for your home, let out trained design consultants help you. Contact us today for a complimentary Your Design by Natuzzi consultation.