This is where we start!
Lets take a living room as an example and ask the pertinent questions who and for what.
||First what do we want to use the room for - make a list e.g.
listening to music
|Next question is who is using it – make a list e.g.
The answers to these questions will determine where you are
heading. For example the ideal amount of seating, and if the size of
the room means you come up a bit short of the ideal, then you can
think about ways round it.
A little or a lot of traffic may well influence the colour of carpet and upholstery .
If for example, it is to be used formally as well as informally
might want to have the t.v housed within some unit, as opposed
to it being a focal point in the room.
If studying or working at home takes place here, then some sort of work
area has to be incorporated into the scheme. Good storage in a multi purpose room will help to keep
some kind of order.
Lighting is also crucial when reading, relaxing and entertaining are all
to be accommodated. You are always best to have good ambient
light to set the mood. You’ll need some sort of spot
lighting freestanding or table which can be used when required
and overhead lighting on a dimmer makes for more flexibility.
||The decoration here has to be practical and hard wearing, comfy of
course but a bit stylish won’t go amiss for the entertaining
if nothing else.
Try and keep clutter to a minimum. Use furniture that serves more than
one purpose like
blanket boxes that can serve as storage, as tables, as seating. Floor to ceiling shelving is not only great storage but
looks brilliant as well, if carefully dressed.
If you start by asking these questions and then taking a good look at
the room, you can play around with the possibilities taking
the requirements and restraints into account.
Every user should be consulted if possible about colour and style and
then some kind of compromise can hopefully be reached.
So now you have to do the rest.
For more help follow planning
The Look |
Managing the Budget |
Managing the Project |
Managing the Contractors