When we talk about fact with taste interiors, it’s not about the fortune spent on furnishings and exhibits, rather it’s about a well-thought-out concept that makes a certain space worthy of its purpose. “A well-designed home should strike an interesting balance between aesthetics and functionality and also achieve this interplay of design elements perfectly,” said Swapnil Sharma, Senior Interior Designer, Studio Archohm.
So what exactly are these elements that help create a home that feels instantly comfortable and cozy? Let’s take a quick look.
Define spaces: Landscaping is the most essential part of the design. It is about understanding the space and categorizing it according to functions. Zoning lays down the basic rules that make it possible to associate certain activities and moods with their spaces. This identification of spaces acts as the first step in achieving the transition from house to house.
Playing with volumes: Usually people equate a small area with comfort, but does that mean a big open space can’t be? All you have to do is play with the volume and create the focus. Depending on the function, works of art, large sculptures and plants can do the trick. Add decorative screens to divide spaces and play with the pattern of the floor to facilitate visual impressions of a smaller room (without disturbing the flow of motion) are other ways to achieve the same result.
Custom corners: Comfort in homes can also be created by creating intimate seating areas. They are not only conversation starters, but also practical choices. These little nooks usually become favorite meeting places, adding value to every inch. Even an oversized sofa, lining a space, can act as the perfect tool to create a space that screams casual comfort.
Good lighting: The play of light in interior spaces is far greater than most realize. It beautifully enhances the aesthetics, functionality and efficiency of a space. Light from multiple sources creates ambiance and adds to the design language. The right combination of decorative and architectural lighting produces the best results. Since lighting is extremely spatially focused, it is important to understand its use. The ambiance of any space can be transformed with well-planned lighting. It is the main actor who has the power to add visual warmth and make everything and everyone look better.
Choose the right materials and textures: The material palette plays a crucial role in defining spaces. A material like wood not only acts as a decorative or functional element, but adds texture and warmth. Given its organic nature, using it on floors, walls, and even in patterned ceilings helps bring natural comfort to a space with ease. Upholstery fabrics, on the other hand, are the obvious choice for adding character.
Bring bold contrasts with accents: Comfort can also be achieved by simply adding accents. It could be a classic piece of furniture, a feature wall creating focus, or an eclectic mix of small elements that can help enhance the narrative. But not overdoing it is just as important. Balance, rhythm and symmetry are keywords that help achieve the same goal.
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Elevation with elements: Fireplaces are a classic. Designing a space around it immediately ensures effortless comfort and luxury. Even if a built-in fireplace isn’t possible, adding a portable fireplace to any room in the house instantly ups the comfort quotient a notch above. Like fireplaces, artwork is also an obvious answer. Water features are one of the oldest elements chosen to add serenity to spaces.
“To sum up, a cozy home is a warm, functional space that evokes comfort and contentment, thanks to meticulously designed interiors,” Sharma said.