We all love to admire great interior design projects once completed. The result is so beautiful, everything is perfect! Yet what seems so natural to achieve actually relies on the meticulous and rigorous process of the interior designer.
How do you design a room or space to make it as aesthetically pleasing, functional and inviting? In this article, we offer you an overview of the main elements that feed our thinking during each interior design mandate.
The occupant: the starting point in interior design
In residential design as in commercial design, everything starts with the occupant or the users of the space to be developed. This is a fundamental aspect of the profession of interior designer, who must listen to and fully understand the needs expressed by his client.
Our experience with many residential and commercial customers has shown us that sometimes the needs expressed are not entirely complete or aligned with the lifestyle. Hence the need to ask the right questions, those that will set the tone from the start of the mandate to start off on the right foot and avoid backtracking.
The development of a room or a space should therefore revolve around the real needs of the occupant for maximum comfort and functionality.
How to design a kitchen for a large family
For example, adding a banquette in the dining room can not only provide more seating for a large family, but also serve as storage space.
Obviously, any interior designer has the necessary expertise to furnish a room according to the personality and tastes of her clients. This is also what brings to the interior design this little extra soul that makes it unique in every way.
Let’s be clear: the word “trend” should not exist in residential interior design ! As this is a major investment that will follow you for years, it is better to bet on your personal tastes and on a concept that .
Thinking about each room to optimize space and light
We are often asked how an interior designer can furnish a room to make it more spacious. The answer lies in the overall vision of living space.
Instead of seeing each room as an enclosed space, the interior designer has this ability to visualize your living space as a whole. And thanks to her expertise, which differs from that of a decorator , the interior designer can embark on work to enlarge or reorganize the space by moving walls or columns, for example.
Depending on your needs, the interior designer could lead you to review the layout of a living space so that it is more functional with new divisions, another organization of rooms, moving a door for more storage or even a modification of the windows for better brightness.
How to arrange a room for a bright basement
For the development of this family basement in Quebec, we designed an ultra practical integrated storage, which recovers the space previously condemned by the blowing of the water inlet.
Another request from our customers concerns the brightness of the rooms, particularly those in the basement. You should know that houses with copings leave very little room for daylight in the basement.
We have several tricks to our credit, such as using clear and glossy materials, both on the walls and on the ceiling.
How to arrange a room in the basement
In addition to creating consistency between the rooms, the white ceiling with recessed lights gives a beautiful light to this multifunctional basement in Lebourgneuf .
Integrating existing architectural elements into the interior design
The profession of interior designer is full of opportunities and challenges to be seized. For example, we frequently have to deal with plumbing pipes on the basement ceiling, a load-bearing beam or column, a skylight or even the drop roof.
Where many would see a challenge, the interior designer will instead see an opportunity to showcase the architecture of the property. Its role consists in exploiting each architectural detail, in order to incorporate it into an inviting and functional layout, thus making sure to forget it by integrating it.