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With interior design, there’s a plan to make every room look well-designed, even opulent at times, while still delivering that lived-in feel too. It’s a delicate balance that’s different with every project. In the case of homes where the floor plan is smaller, or the rooms have more restrictive dimensions, it’s important to consider how to maximise the use of space to offer dual functionality to avoid creating too much clutter.
Here are a few suggestions about how to go about doing that.
Is it a Clothes Trunk or a Table?
In the bedroom, having a trunk at the end of the bed or along a nearby wall provides decorative storage space for clothes, knickknacks, a journal, keepsakes, and other little treasures. A trunk does tend to take up considerable floor space, so it’s a good idea to choose one that can perform double-duty as a table. Consider laying a cloth over the top of it to create a comfortable surface where items placed on top won’t slip off easily.
If you find that you use the same items regularly, store them near the top of the trunk’s interior, so it’s quicker to retrieve them each morning to put them back on your table.
Suspend Wooden Chairs as a Clothing Rack
For adventurous renters or homeowners willing to try something different, then a minimalistic flat layout could include a couple of wooden chairs suspended from the wall. The folded-out chairs can each hold a storage box with or without a box lid. Under the chairs are usually wooden beams from one leg to the other to steady them. These beams are ideal to hang clothes up.
While it’s a novel take on box storage and a clothing wardrobe, it’s also far more affordable than going all out with a different solution in a small space that doesn’t need much but the barest of essentials.
Bookcase & Side Rack Mounting
A bookcase usually holds treasured collectables, but the sides of the bookcase can be used to suspend items too. The theme here is the same as using a plastic clothes rack on the inside door of a wardrobe to stuff socks, boxers, ties and other sundry bedroom items.
A patterned suspended fabric or knitted material adds colour and pocketed storage to the side of a bookcase. Alternatively, a simple decorative hook positioned to hold a handbag, or another bag is a good way to lift them off the floor to avoid them being a tripping hazard when floor space is at a premium.
Ironing Board and Mirror
Instead of having a standard, boring ironing board with an unattractive pattern on it, consider having close to a full length standing mirror that magically converts into an ironing board at a moment’s notice.
Footrest and Storage Box
A footrest in the lounge can be converted into a storage box where the lid opens to reveal a space to put all the kids’ toys when they’re done with them. This avoids the toys being strewn all over the floor and needing a separate container taking up floor space in the lounge.
It does take a little creativity to furnish your home with items that offer multi-functional capabilities and double the storage space, but it’s well worth it. It can keep the floor space far less cluttered making every room feel larger than it really is. Also, the added spaciousness will put a smile on your face when you get home from a long day at work.
Author: Carolina Sandri
To be nominated for an award is what every architect dreams of, but to be shortlisted is every architect’s dream come true. Casa Forma’s Kensington Gardens project that was named by design et al in 2015, has been named as one of the frontrunners for the coveted Living Space – UK Award. By taking on a total refurbishment of the property inclusive of some reconfigurations in the structure, what was once a 3800 sq. ft. family home and property has become a celebration of style and a major accomplishment for the architects and interior designers at Casa Forma.
A Focal Point in the Heart of Kensington
What was once a ‘family property’ has become what is known as a lateral apartment which consists of a living area that is now quite large, four bedroom suites, a private den/study and an impressive art media chamber that is state of the art in design as well as functionality. Also included in their design is a Jacuzzi, steam room and even a dry sauna. The refurbishment turned a once ordinary abode into a high end luxury apartment and an award winning one at that!
A Look at the Underlying Scheme
When it comes to design, it is imperative that there is a scheme that brings everything together in a cohesive whole. In other words, each element blends nicely into the next so that in the end you have a well-functioning whole that not only works but looks just as good as it functions. This is the task of any architect. Function alone isn’t enough because disjointed elements can cause chaos in the look you are going after and design without function is futile. No one wants living space that doesn’t ‘work’ for them and so the two need to merge to complete the job.
In this project, Casa Forma sought to complement the modern shell with what is a predominant feature of the design group, an Art Deco appeal. The materials used were high end cladding and joinery for walls with furniture that featured natural stones and Japanese wood. To complete the picture, bespoke hand crafted chiselled mirrors with a finishing touch of hand painted gold leaf rounded out a look of beauty and luxury, a timeless perfection.
A Priceless View
The apartment is situated in such a way as to provide a breathtaking view of exquisitely landscaped gardens and a panoramic view of London. The client for whom the project was undertaken wanted to have a bar crafted so that it would highlight the family’s delicate ornaments of crystal. Since space was limited, the dining room table was designed to double as the bar which then became a divider between the living and dining areas. A remarkable accomplishment that not only brought all elements together from a design standpoint but with exceptional functionality.
With specially requested natural Japanese woods and design and functional features required by the clients, Casa Forma blended together the vision of the client with the extreme talent of their designers to complete a notable accomplishment well-deserving of its 2015 recognition on the design et al shortlist in the Living Space – UK Award. An honour well deserved.
Author: Carolina Sandri
The West Wind whispered. "Come this way. There's a sight to see in the magic woods today." We followed where the West Wind blew. Then in the Orangery woods we saw you! The enchanted woods are full of fairies. Magical little createures, nothing scarey! The trees alive and the fairies cheer. Alif, Ayat and Aria cannot wait to see you there!
Author: Faiza Seth
Sustainability does not need to be a compromise. You can have luxurious, high-end design without sacrificing your desire to create a sustainable home. Modern interiors are now more than capable of balancing green sustainability with luxury and many designers are happy to work with sustainable materials such as reclaimed wood, bamboo, hemp, and wool.
The aim of sustainable living is to design an interior that is environmentally friendly. Green design focusses on using materials that have been recycled or that come from renewable sources. Instead of acres of polished concrete, designers create beautiful, aesthetically pleasing interiors using materials such as reclaimed oak flooring, but materials are not always easy to come by.
A Lack of Sustainable Materials
A research paper published by the International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment in 2015 found that choices in sustainable materials were still limited, despite the high demand for green and Fair Trade products. Researchers discovered that the provenance of materials and products is not always clear, which creates a barrier for designers who are reluctant to spend excessive amounts of time searching for sustainable materials. Some clients are also resistant to the extra cost involved in sourcing suitable materials.
Despite this, with the right designer and a suitable budget, it’s possible to create luxurious interiors using sustainable materials. You don’t necessarily need deep pockets to achieve the right look and you certainly don’t need to sacrifice your green ethos to create a sense of luxury, as this beautiful design illustrates.
Using Recycled Materials in Interior Design
Recycled materials fit the bill perfectly. Recycled timber is a good example, but you could also use recycled brick slips to build an authentic-looking inglenook fireplace, repurpose marble for a bathroom, or use old copper piping to create industrial-chic lighting for a kitchen or dining room. There is no limit to what you can achieve.
It’s not difficult to find recycled materials and furniture. Salvage yards specialise in recycled timber, wrought iron, copper, and other materials, so these should be your first port of call. Tropical hardwoods and natural stone are by definition luxury materials. When used in the right setting, a gorgeous piece of teak can be turned into an unusual coffee table or a piece of marble transformed into a countertop for a bathroom. Make use of recycled ceramic tiles to create an interesting mosaic floor. Old furniture is ripe for recycling and often inexpensive. Use chalk paint to refinish an old pine dresser and give it a whole new lease of life.
Create a Sense of Luxury in the Bedroom
Recycled items used in conjunction with sustainable materials such as wool, hemp, and silk, are all perfect for a luxury interior. Silk and cotton work well in the bedroom. Use hand-painted silk as a wall.
Author: Faiza Seth
The CEO of any company, large or small, holds a position of great importance. They make decisions, manage budgets, and devise strategies. Their office therefore needs to reflect their role in the organisation, so a small, poky space devoid of personality is not going to fit the bill. To help you design a suitably luxurious office interior for your CEO, take note of the following tips
In the corporate world, a CEO’s office is rarely just an ‘office. It will most likely have to function as a meeting room, workspace, mission control, and even board room if it’s a small business. For this reason, it is essential that the space adequately caters for every eventuality.
Provide Functional and Attractive Furniture
Furniture needs to be functional, but luxurious and of course attractive. Most CEOs are not going to be happy with a generic desk and cheap office chair. Office furniture should reflect the personality of the CEO, so if he or she is a traditional type, a solid rosewood or teak desk might be a good choice, whereas a younger CEO will probably prefer a sleek minimalist design.
The desk needs to be large enough to accommodate computers, monitors, a printer, desk lamp, and anything else your CEO needs to function efficiently, without feeling cluttered. Desk storage is useful, but you will need to add extra storage space such as fitted shelving and cupboards for files, books, etc. The aim is to provide enough storage to keep miscellaneous items out of sight. Cluttered offices are the enemy of productivity. Concealed filing cabinets and seamless cabinets are modern and attractive. Don’t be afraid to mix and match materials, so if the desk is teak, choose a different material for the cabinetry.
Maximise Natural Light
Make the most of any natural light you have in the office. Most CEO’s have a premium office, so they can enjoy the best views. If this is the case, floor to ceiling windows are an asset that should not be concealed behind drapes. However, you still need to control light or the room will be too hot or cold. Install electronic window blinds or use a UV reflective window coating. Position the desk so your CEO has his back to the window and faces the entrance door, so he can greet guests as they walk in.
Modern or traditional: it’s a personal choice. Once you have chosen the furniture, decide upon a decorative scheme. Muted colours work best for office spaces, as they help to quell stress and promote calm and serenity. Taupe, pale teal and soft blue-grey are all a good choice, although bold accent colours on rugs and soft furnishings also work well.
Add vibrancy to a luxurious office space with original artwork and sculptures. Art is always a talking point, as well as an excellent way to express the personality of your CEO.
Take great care when designing an office space for a CEO and be wary of adding unnecessary furniture or gadgets that detract from the overall design.
Author: Faiza Seth
When our eyes travel over any space we immediately catalogue specific focal points. We do this naturally as our eyes are drawn quickly to the most prominent features of a space or to the most unusual point in an area.
When it comes to interior design we can trick our brains to make certain areas of a room the focal point. Think of the focal point like a centre of activity in a room, designed to draw the eyes and create an effect for the room.
Making A Statement and Creating an Effect
The focal point for a room should reflect what the room is and also what mood it wants to create. A living room wants to be a place you feel comfortable and relaxed, a dining room is somewhere to entertain and a bedroom is a retreat from the world. When thinking of your focal point you want to make a statement that encompasses the room and your own sense of identity. This could be a piece of art that speaks to you or an antique piece of furniture.
Building a Focal Point
There are lots of specific items and designs that can be used as focal points and choosing something is largely down to personal taste. Size plays a crucial role in drawing the eye but so does colour and shape. There are a number of ideas to explore such as;
Fireplaces – A fireplace is the traditional focal point for living rooms as it creates a sense of warmth, even when unlit. Built in modern faux fireplaces can look incredible in the right setting whilst traditional brick or inglenook fireplaces create a traditional focal point.
Furniture – Large furniture draws the eye particularly bureaus, curio cabinets and sofas or chairs. Placing them in the centre of a wall means that they split the wall into three – which triggers visual centres in the brain.
Art – art works particularly well above a mantelpiece, over a bed or in a prominent position above furniture. A single large painting can speak volumes about a person and a place. Position your art at eye level or slightly above eye level for the best effect.
Antiques – in much the same way as art, an antique in a prominent position will draw the eye
Mirrors – Mirrors act as an unusual focal point as they open up a room. The eye will be drawn to a large mirror and then will soak in the feel of the entire room.
Textures – a focal point doesn’t have to be a single item it can be a single wall or area of the room. One off-colour wall or textured brick work wall will instantly create a focal point for a room. Wallpaper or textured plaster can work equally well here.
Architecture – unusual shapes capture the eye and you can build around unusual brickwork or shapes in a room to create a focal point architecturally rather than through objects. This is particularly useful where stairs or other intrusions into a room change the shape.
Designing around the focal point
Once you have a focal point it’s important to build outwards from it. All objects accompanying the focal point should be smaller and less eye catching so that the main focus always remains. We like to compliment focal points either minimally, with a select few pieces, or with one or two moderately large pieces that blend to create one seamless focal design image.
Author: Carolina Sandri
Bedrooms should be a place of rest and solitude, after all this is where you will generally unwind from the day and surprisingly spend one third of you're life sleeping.
Applying basic feng shui principles to ones bedroom is critical. Simple steps like placement of the bed which should always face the entrance of your room and having your bed up against a solid wall creates strong positive energy.
A focal point in any room is important too especially in you're bedroom, you're eye will naturally look for this otherwise there can be a sense of confusion and distortion in the space.
Headboards are a great way to create a focal point and over recent years have become a design feature that most designers are keen to be creative with. A bespoke headboard is ofcourse the best solution, clients request something uniquely made for them which will reflect their personality and the scheme of the bedroom. A range of materials can be used from intricate hand cut paterned leather panels to mixture of glass, woods and metal.
Another important aspect of ones bedroom is of course lighting. Generally in a bedroom you should consider no more than three different focal points for lights which can range from ceiling, wall and bedside lights, all of which can bring ambience in a room aswell as being functional and practical.
With the above in mind bedroom designs should be kept cleanlined and uncluttered whilst introducing a mixture of warm sumptuous materials and textures.
Author: Carolina Sandri
Your office reception works much like a website’s front page design. It is the first point of contact that companies and customers have with your business. It is literally the public face of your company. At Casa Forma we make snap decisions about a person within ten seconds of meeting them – we can’t help it it’s human nature. The same is true of decisions about a company and your reception area needs to make a great first impression.
We always start with design itself before looking at décor as we need to make sure that the space is optimised correctly to create the right impression. Your reception area should be focused towards the reception desk itself. A large wide desk with computers and your company logo above is normally the best way to make a good first impression.
Light is incredibly important in your reception area. Too dark an area makes people feel on edge and detracts from the visual feast you want to serve people. Soft natural light is ideal and you can supplement with overhead spotlights, side lights and mirrors if you don’t benefit from a glass entrance.
We also want to make sure that there is a warm and welcoming waiting area. This should be comfortable, branded and feature your company or industry literature – reinforcing the impression that your business is at the top of its game.
Materials are also incredibly important but don’t have to be expensive. Traditional businesses will often benefit from rich, corporate or luxury materials in their design. Black marble, rich mahogany and mirrors help create this luxury feel whilst increasing space. However, many more modern businesses, particularly in the tech industry, benefit from the opposite image – relaxed spaces, light colours and a friendly colour scheme. At the end of the day your design needs to reflect your brand and your corporate message.
Receptions should feel relaxed, comfortable and not cluttered. Decoration should be kept relatively minimal with brand logos, plants and amenities available. Try to have a few well-chosen and placed objects rather than a clutter. For many companies a focal point piece of art can make an incredible impression but it isn’t a necessity. What furniture you choose is however very important. Chairs and sofas are an ideal solution but you should choose ones that reflect your company – big, soft and comfy if that’s your image or modern and artistic if that’s your image. You should always provide a table for work and refreshments so that guests can quickly settle.
How you display your branding and how you design the actual office reception is important. We want to make sure that we convey our core brand messages to potential clients and that our brand is a key association our office makes. Décor such as art, images and corporate awards should feature subtly in your office to contribute to your brand persona.
Consistency is also very important. It’s no good making a great first impression in your reception if the rest of your office is cluttered or plain. We want to replicate all of the receptions design and branding throughout your office to make sure that first impression sticks with visitors throughout their stay.
Designing a reception well will make the perfect business impression and we can’t recommend it enough! If you need assistance don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
Author: Carolina Sandri