Sovibrant’s 10 ways to create successful spaces
Ever wondered how interior designers create successful spaces? If so, here are a few insider secrets we want to share with you when planning a transformation.
- How will the space be used?
Many organisations want to operate in an attractive space, but it is vitally important that the space meets people’s needs and the commercial requirement. As good as a space may look, if it doesn’t work for the users it won’t stand the test of time and the design and layout will fail! Enlist the help of a professional interior design team to help you think about the function of the space, which will ultimately inform the design.
- People flow
The ability of users to move around a space freely and comfortably has a direct impact on their impression of the space. By establishing how the space will be used and how you expect people to flow through and around it you will be able to place furniture appropriately, or break up a larger space into smaller defined areas to guide the flow of people. This there a simple model that can be easily described/visualised
Without a doubt, the colour scheme of a space can affect the mood, feel and the perception of its size. A lighter colour palette can, in most cases make a room feel larger. Bold colours used carefully within a space help define areas or create focal points. See here how we’ve used shopping centre owner intu’s corporate colours to create a friendly feel in its new ‘customer lounge’ concept to be rolled out across the UK.
How we light a space, has a massive impact on how the space looks and feels. These days lighting is an integral part of the interior design process. Ensuring a space has a number of lighting sources or layers of lighting provides the opportunity to adapt and change the mood of the space, also allowing the space to respond to the time of day.
Different activities require different levels of light. In general, the more detailed the task, the greater the light requirement. A general office area should be lit at a luminance of 300 lux, a corridor or walkway may only require 50 lux. HSG38 Lighting at work guidance explains how lighting contributes to Health and Safety of people at work. It outlines good practice and the minimum recommended illumination levels that meet health and safety requirements.
- Air quality
Users of a space should feel comfortable. A major factor to consider in achieving this is, the air quality. The space should neither be too hot or too cold with good air movement so it isn’t stale, stuffy or draughty! Integrate heating, ventilation and cooling into a space into the building’s design as required. The majority of research has shown an optimal office temperature between 70 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 23 degrees Celsius).
- Surface finishes
When specifying the finishes for a space, consider how it will be used and by how many people; tailor the finishes within the space so that they are appropriate and practical.
Materials can be used in many ways, each creating a different effect or finish, for example slate or a natural stone can be split, sawn, drilled, polished and carved. Ultimately it is the same material but the finish and end result is different in each case.
Size and Scale
When furnishing a space, the size, shape and scale of all furniture should be carefully considered to ensure it feels right for the space. It mustn’t dominate, overwhelm, or conversely disappear within it.
Use furniture to break up a space without creating large physical barriers.
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If space is an issue, source furniture that can carry out a number of functions, to free-up valuable space without compromising on the function. Furniture, for example, that combines storage is very popular.
The need to integrate technology into spaces has increased rapidly over recent years. The right technology can transform an average interior into an incredible space, but with technology changing so fast, it is now more important than ever to ensure that technology is fully considered and integrated into a scheme. Introducing smart control technology is becoming increasing popular.
- Use mirrors
The clever use and positioning of a mirror can help to make a space feel more spacious. Mirrors reflect light and that reflection creates the illusion of more depth. Placing a mirror opposite a window immediately opens up the space and maximises the effect of natural light.
It is one thing to design a money-no-object space, it is more important and perhaps more difficult to be able to design and deliver a space to a specific budget. Good interior design involves being clever with the money available and directing the spend to the areas that will deliver the greatest impact.