Intentional Design Part 2


Today I am continuing my series on Intentional Design. If you missed part one be sure to catch up here Intentional Design Part 1

In part 1 I discussed my thoughts on being intentional in all areas of my life. Being intentional requires thought, planning and patience. Today I will discuss the important role planning takes in design. Planning will assist in helping you achieve the desired look, feel and function of your space.

When planning a space ask yourself how you are going to use the space? Who is going to use the space and where is will the space you are recreating best fit your needs? Answering these questions will help you determine the direction to go with your design. Including choosing a style, filling it with furniture and how to incorporate colors, textures and textiles into the design.

Next, lets look at a couple of projects that will provide an idea on the importance of planning. What kind of space are you thinking about tackling next?

Will you be designing a space that will be a hub of the home? A place where the family will gather?

The Oaks

If so, consider introducing family friendly furniture with optional seating where several can gather. Plan a space that is versatile and can accommodate various family activities. Choose low maintenance fabrics and brightly colored textiles. When filling the space use functional furniture and fabrics that can withstand some wear and tear.

Maybe the space your working on is a formal one that will be  used on special occasions or as a place to retreat from the chaos?

Country Houses

Formal spaces are a great place to plan on using the less is more approach. Fill the room with special pieces that are comfortable yet elegant. Invest in quality furniture pieces with clean lines. Choose well thought out accessories and artwork that make a statement. Create a conversational area by being intentional with the furniture layout.
Is your current focus on the design of a home office or a family work center?
Bryn Mawr – Custom Home University Park
If the answer is yes, then think outside the box. Do you have a formal dining room or loft that is collecting dust or toys? Reinvent a space in your home to provide function and versatility. Use your home’s layout  to meet your personal or family needs.
Planning can be fun! A chance to experiment on “paper” before committing to a design. If you are intentional in the planning of your space by  considering the who, what and where you will eliminate stress. Less stress will build confidence with your selected design. The planning stage is an opportunity to provide you with a design concept that can be tweaked, molded and fluffed as the space is being pulled together.
Tell me, where do you get your planning inspiration? Have you thought outside the box and converted a space’s original use into something more useful? Comment below I’d love to hear from you!
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2 thoughts on “Intentional Design Part 2”

  1. Karina says:

    I love the idea of reinventing spaces. I am all about trying to make every room useful. Nothing worse than square footage collecting dust! Love each blog… keep them coming!

  2. Claudia Lewis says:

    Intentional planning would definitely eliminate unused or too cluttered spaces. Taking the time to plan would definitely save you from expensive mistakes! Very informative! Thanks, Kelly! Looking forward to your next blog!!

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