The Formula You Need to Create a Balanced Room Design


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December 4, 2022

At Last, I Found It! The Perfect Formula.

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.)

With art and design, there are “rules” you can learn from an expert. They can serve as a set of guidelines or guardrails if you will, to help give you perimeters Once you learn the “rules” and how to use them, you can understand when, where, and how 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%

oxford-avenue-design-blog-materials and finishes

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

This would include things like… In a kitchen, similar to the materials and finishes, the percentage may be slightly lower due to the weight that materials and finishes has on the space.

Soft Goods – 15%

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.

Decor, Accessories, or Props – 15%

Greenery or Plants – 5%

I help homeowners ___ through in-home design sessions called The Room Restyle. If you’re interested, SEND ME A MESSAGE and I’d be happy to chat to see if we’re a good fit.

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