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What is space planning and how to create a space plan

1st September 2015
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What is Space Planning in Interior Design? Space planning is a fundamental element of the interior design process. It starts with an in-depth analysis of how the space is to be used. The designer then draws up a plan that defines the zones of the space and the activities that will take place in those zones. The space plan will also define the circulation patterns that show how people will move through the space.  The plan is finished by adding details of all the furniture, equipment…

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The 12 Best Lighting Design Rules

25th August 2015
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Image Credit: Banno Lighting A well lit space is something that you will notice immediately when entering it.  A great lighting scheme will complement the interior design and the architectural features of the space. It will also make the space more practical to use. I agree with designers who say that lighting design is one of the most important elements in interior design. It takes a long time to design a space, and by using good lighting, you are able to…

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Design Rules: Texture and pattern

11th August 2015

Texture and Pattern are tricky design elements to play around with. People are very connected to their sense of touch, so texture in particular is a very important element in a space. Just think about how children need to touch everything to experience it. When designing a room, the use of texture and pattern adds the comfort factor and heightens our experience of the space. What is Texture? Texture is simply the surface quality of a material. It could be smooth, rough, bumpy…

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Design Rules: Balance & Harmony

17th July 2015

One of the easiest ways for me to explain the concept of balance & harmony in interior design, is to tell you how to achieve it. Balance and harmony is an abstract concept, unlike the slightly ‘scientific’ concept of selecting a colour palette. I’ve listed 10 points below to help you to achieve balance and harmony in your interiors. Avoid unnecessary clutter in your living spaces – clearing clutter will make a space seem bigger as there’s less for your eye to focus…

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Design Rules: Adding personality to a space

30th June 2015
Aranami Living Room Adding Personality to a Space

This post is part of my Design Rules series, and I’ll be showing you how you can add personality to your space.  I’ll be sharing with you some ‘rules’ to help you create a space with a ‘Personality’ that works for the space.  I use the term ‘rules’ loosely when it comes to design, it’s more guidance than rule. But nonetheless, these are important elements to help you learn and design more effectively. The personality of a space refers to the look…

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How to choose colours like an Interior Designer

23rd June 2015
How to select colours like an Interior Designer

Colour is the biggest element that’s used in design.  Everything has a colour.  Those cream or white walls that you have, yes, they’re a colour too.  When I talk to people about colour, I often find a hesitation or nervousness about selecting (or committing to) a colour that’s unfamiliar.  The main concern actually being, what will people think of me, or will I be able to style the room with the colour I’ve chosen for the walls. And yes, I…

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