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Space Planning: The Key to Impressive Design

It’s safe to say most of us have been there — you spend an enormous amount of time and money buying designer decor and intricate furniture for your home just to end up in a cluttered, incohesive space. This is incredibly frustrating. The good news is that you can prevent this disaster scenario from unfolding.

This article explores the following topics:

  • How inadequate space planning can affect the room’s overall look and feel;
  • Which spaces do you need to take to plan your room the optimum way;
  • How to use 3D design rooms as a planning tool when redecorating your home.

Taking in the Big Picture

Generally, it’s typical for us humans to perceive spaces in general as we enter them. That is, your brain is likely to register the shape and amount of room before you focus on an attention-grabbing detail. Moreover, the impression made by the overall atmosphere is likely to linger even after you’ve found something to zoom in on.

To have a better idea of the room’s outlines, try using a visualization tool such as RoomPlanner. The app allows you to use your room details such as dimensions to create a model reflecting its parameters. This way, you’ll be able to see how big or small a certain nook is related to the entire room and how far it is from the opposite corner. The approach also helps you uncover tiny but useful storage spaces that you could miss otherwise.

It’s in the Details

Now that you have an idea of how much space you have, it’s time to divide it into zones. There are multiple ways in which you can do it at the design stage, including, in particular, the following:

  • mixing warm and cold colors;
  • employing light vs. dark contrast;
  • using materials with contrasting textures in different zones;
  • maintaining a certain color theme across zones with distinct accents in each area.

Every zone should have a well-defined shape. It might be a good idea to either reproduce or challenge it in the local design highlight, for instance, by hanging a geometrical wall decor item in a rounded area.

For those who want to go safe, one statement item per zone should be the rule of thumb. This way, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it, and your interior won’t end up looking bland.

Alternatively, try a collection of visually cohesive elements across zones to make the room look more put together. Again, turn to your space planning tool when distributing the design items. This prevents you from ending up with gaudy, overloaded, and cluttered areas that undermine the general aesthetic.

Place Your Highlights the Right Way

Planning your space is no less important than working out the color scheme. We recommend that you don’t skip this step at any rate. Use RoomPlanner or a similar visualization tool to see which shapes you can single out within your room and how to use them in the best way possible.

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