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The Formula You Need For A Balanced Room Design

Find out the secret to create the perfect design

4 December 2022

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Do you ever feel like designers make spaces look effortless? Well, I can attest that the effortless looks we all know and love A little of this. A little of that.

Any designer, or anyone in the home design and DIY space, can give you their formula for how to achieve the effortless look, it’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. Just because it works for them doesn’t mean it will work for you. There are so many variables to consider when it comes to any room design – that’s the art of it. (It truly is an art form.)

But, with interior design, there are some great “rules” that you can learn from an expert (like me) who is willing to share their secrets. This can help serve as a set of guidelines or guardrails, if you will, to help give you perimeters to learn the rules, know where and how to use them, and to know when to break them.

Let’s break it down

Every space is made up of several different components. I’ve broken down each category into percentages based on how much of each you can include in your space. This will help serve as a guideline and good rule of thumb as you make preparations for your redesign.

Here’s a list of what to include in each category along with a bit more description about each.

Materials and Finishes – 30%

Materials and finishes are important elements in interior design, as they help to define the aesthetic and functional qualities of a space. Materials refer to the physical substances that are used to construct an interior space, while finishes refer to the surface treatments applied to those materials. Both materials and finishes can be selected for their aesthetic qualities, their durability and maintenance requirements, and their cost. Some common examples of materials and finishes used in interior design are wood, metal, stone, tile, fabric, wallpaper, paint, etc. The materials and finishes in interior design are crucial for achieving the desired look and feel of a space, as well as for practical considerations such as durability and maintenance.

Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment (FF&E) – 20%

FF&E is an abbreviation commonly used in the interior design and architecture industries, and it stands for “furniture, fixtures, and equipment”. FF&E refers to all the movable items and accessories that are not part of the building’s structure. These items are often the finishing touches that complete a space, and they can be as important to the overall look and functionality of the design as the architectural elements of the building. The furniture includes all types of seating, tables, and storage units, such as chairs, sofas, desks, bookcases, cabinets, etc. Fixtures are the permanent elements that are attached to the building structure but are still considered FF&E, such as lighting fixtures, faucets, and built-in shelving. Examples of equipment includes all types of movable items used for specific functions, such as kitchen appliances, audio-visual equipment, and exercise equipment. In an interior design project, FF&E is typically specified in a separate schedule or list from the architectural and structural elements. This allows for easier procurement and installation of the FF&E items, and it can also help to establish a budget for the project.

Soft Goods – 15%

Soft goods refer to any textile or fabric-based item that is used to furnish a space or add decorative elements to it. Soft goods can be both functional and aesthetic, providing both comfort and visual interest to a room. Examples of soft goods include upholstery, window treatments, bedding, rugs, pillows, cushions, table linens, etc. Overall, soft goods are an essential component of interior design, providing texture, color, and comfort to a space. When used effectively, they can help to create a cohesive and visually pleasing design.

Lighting – 15%

Lighting is so important for any interior or exterior space. I often say that if we didn’t have lighting, nothing would matter at all because you would be able to see it. Light, whether natural or not, is arguably the most important things in design, and how you use it has the potential to make or break a design. Good lighting is an essential component of interior design as it serves a number of important functions including enhancing the visual appeal of a space, providing functional illumination, improving mood and well-being, and saving energy and reducing costs. To achieve good lighting in interior design, it’s important to consider the following factors: type of lighting, the style, size and placement of the light fixtures you choose, and color temperature of the light. Natural light is also an important consideration, as it can provide a sense of openness and connection to the outdoors. It should be used to its fullest potential, while also considering how it may impact the placement of other light fixtures.

Decor, Accessories, or Props – 15%

Decor, accessories, and props are important components of interior design, as they can add visual interest, texture, and personality to a space. The serve to add personality and character and provide color and texture in a space. These elements are crucial to create a focal point and tell a story with the objects you select. The also enhance the functionality of a space and help to give a space its purpose.

Greenery or Plants – 5%

Greenery or plants are a popular and effective way to enhance interior design. They offer a wide range of benefits and can add natural beauty, texture, and color to a space. Greenery and plants can enhance your space by adding natural beauty and texture. Whether you use faux or real plants, research shows they will create a sense of tranquility due to their exposure. They will also add color and visual interest to your space.

Now it’s your turn

Let’s take this formula and help you put it into action. Do you feel stuck? If so, I’m here to help.

If you’re an Indianapolis homeowner, I can help you redesign your interiors in person with my signature design service called THE ROOM RESTYLE.

If you’re not local to Indianapolis, you can book a free online consult with me by clicking HERE.

Don’t need my help? That’s okay too!

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below 🙂

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Post Image Credits

Design and Build by AANOVO
Interior Styling by OXFORD AVENUE DESIGN


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Reader Comments:

  1. Demetra says:

    What an incredible insight! Design is an equation. That’s why there are experts like you!

    • Kylie Lockett says:

      You’re absolutely right! Once you have the basics, you will have what it takes to know when to break the “rules”. It makes the process so much fun.

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