Anytime I begin a new project, I start by talking with my client about what I call the ‘ying and yang’ of the space—how they want it to feel and how it needs to function. The feel of the space describes the vibe they want the room to have, for example: warm, welcoming, relaxed, cool, refined, sophisticated, dramatic, etc. This insight leads to the exploration of color, style and materials…all the fun decorating elements you see on television shows and in magazines.
The second half of the equation—the room’s functionality—is equally important and often overlooked. How we use our spaces should be addressed long before we begin layering on decorative elements. A workable layout and well-planned furnishings are what distinguish a pretty room from an amazing space.
Whether it’s a DIY project or a professional designer installation, everyone loves a newly redecorated room. It’s months and years later when the success of the project is illustrated by how (and how often) the room is really used. A beautiful room that doesn’t function for its owners eventually loses its charm.
Seating is one of the first issues I address in a new project. From private spaces to public ones, comfortable furnishings that accommodate working, relaxing and entertaining are a must. When it comes to time, money and resources, there’s no better place to invest than upholstered furniture. And, sofas and club chairs are typically the largest pieces in a room—another reason to prioritize them.
Shopping for seating should be easy and enjoyable. There are thousands of choices, all customizable by price point, style and degree of customization. Whether you’re a recent grad furnishing your first apartment, a family with small children looking for a stylish sectional or an empty nester purchasing your first piece of fine furniture—there’s a sofa designed for your lifestyle.
While picking paint colors and fabrics are the most popular aspects of decorating a room, functionality cannot be overemphasized. The most beautiful rooms are those that function as great as they look.