WHY IS GOOD DESIGN IMPORTANT?
The importance of good design can be seen at the highest level in urban planning, in a city with an infrastructure that serves it inhabitants and plenty of user friendly public spaces. On the most personal level good design is found in our homes, where we find comfort in our own personal sanctuary.
Most people don’t realise how unconsciously they are affected by their surroundings. A well-designed space will make you feel good. The applies to where you live and where you work.
GOOD DESIGN AT HOME
We consider good design to be about simplicity, timelessness and creating a space that looks and feels like home.
Whether it be a new colour scheme your home is craving, or a complete makeover for your well loved space, a well designed home has the simple purpose to improve your daily life.
When it comes to your home, it is important to remember that functional everyday objects can be beautiful too – and that such objects are easily available to all, rather than a privileged few. This includes all elements of design, such as furniture, lighting, textiles, accessories and everyday utilitarians items like dishes, silverware, cooking utensils and linens.
ARE YOU SETTLING FOR LESS?
Do you walk into your home at the end of the day and look around in despair or disappointment. A poorly designed space is often why people choose to spend their time outside of their home.
I once lived in an apartment which had too few windows and minimal natural light. I hated spending time inside and in the evenings I would avoid coming home until it was dark. I spent my weekends in parks, restaurants and bars.
This situation is more common than you think, and also really sad because as soon as you have a home that you love and are really proud of, you will spend more time in it. Your home should be a reflection of who you are. That is why it is worth investing in your home.
WHEN SHOULD YOU HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?
The best time to hire an interior designer is when you have a head full of ideas, but before you actually do anything.
People tend not to realise all the dynamics of the design process and often the biggest expense on a project is having to redo or fix ‘mistakes’ people make before working with a designer.
We also find that people shy away from their fun or interesting ideas and dream smaller when they don’t have a designer to talk their ideas through with. The stunning wallpaper for the guest bathroom gets replaced with a ‘safe’ paint option, a neutral sofa is opted for over the navy velvet sofa that you’ve been eyeing for the last 6 months. It is also common for people to mismatch proportion and scale. A rug often looks bigger in the shop than it does on the floor in your living space,.
Having said that, many people have amazing instincts and a great eye. Design isn’t about a wrong or right answer. More than ever people are aware of curating a sense of style in their homes and there is enough inspiration and information to help them do so. A designer is there to help. Someone to work with you through the process, someone who understands the importance of the details and someone who will help you realise your full potential.
We believe good design is about collaborating with our clients to help them make informed decisions to reflect their space and style.
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU”VE CHOSEN THE ‘RIGHT’ DESIGNER?
Your designer should be asking you the right questions. They should be planning for real life – it’s not only about how you want your space to look, but also how you want your space to add value to your life.
The process should be conversational and collaborative. Interior designers have the skills, knowledge and insight to take your ideas and turn them into a feasible design plan that can be executed over a chosen timeframe.
At The Home Studio we believe design should represent something unique to each and every client, and we pride ourselves on bringing our projects to life with discerning style and lots of personality – all the while adhering to your budget. We focus on making the luxury of interior design available to everyone regardless of the scope of your project.
I love it when I come across a small-budget renovation because a lot of people think to have a million dollar “look” the renovations need to cost that much and it’s just not true.
We will guide you through the entire interior design process, from floor plans to furniture installation. We look at the big picture, right down to the smallest detail.
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