by Lena Gatti
My company blog features a page which encourages readers to communicate, ask questions and seek my help in design projects they are undertaking themselves. A feature of Gatti Design is a uniqueness with approachability, and to help with encouraging my readers to regularly engage, and never be afraid to ask a question about a room, a structure or colour, finishes, fixtures and fittings. As adressed in my first Blog Post
I am always happy to help.
As you will see from this, my next blog post. A reader emailed a question to me and some photographs to assist her in interior design selections for her daughters room.
In short, her daughter "Miss 7" had decided she did not want your typical girls room of pink and frills, but rather something a little different. A brief was put to me of;
- Storage ideas were high on the agenda
- Colour Scheme - Yellow and Black and possibly Turquoise; and
- a room that must grow with her into her teens (as it is an investment to purchase new furnishings so you want to make sure you get it right)
The full brief and response on my Q&A Page is located here
I also asked my client for rough plans of the room, dimensions and the location of cupboards, powerpoints, doors, windows.
I have completed my research which now includes, the correct dimensioned layout of the room, including the floor plan and a 3D Model with furnishings of the most ideal layout (explained below).
I have also created Miss 7's very own Pinterest Board
, where I have documented opinions relative to the brief, suggestions and solutions from pictures sourced from Pinterest.
Below you will find the inspiration I have sourced for this project. Pictures are cited correctly and the 3D Model is my own work for Gatti Design, as well as the Floor Plan.
(Image Courtesy of The Slipcover Girl)
(Image Courtesy of thestir.cafemom.com)
(Image Courtesy of Indulgy.com)
(Image Courtesy of bodieandfou.blogspot.com and Real Living Magazine)
(Image Courtesy of one of my favs theyellowcapecod.com)
I suggest the cupboard doors are sliding in order to acess more floor space for storage items and as children get older spacial requirements are higher on the agenda. Study areas, storage and greater need for clothing and bits and bobs.
I have also placed a generous sized rug within the room to tie it all together. The bigger the floor rug, the more impact the room will have. Small rugs are like curtains that are too short and finish to the window sill, it makes the space appear smaller and not proportioned. It is always worth paying that little bit extra for a good sized quality floor rug, it makes such a difference to a room.
I have positioned the desk near to the window and the storage shelves to the left of that.
1/ for fresh air and views from the window;
2/ the power point in located here for computer set-ups;
3/ the shelves give a feeling of privacy enclosure to the desk for focus on school work;
4/ The shelves if dressed well will look great from the view from the bed, so photos and other "cool" stuff will take pride of place. This personalises the room;
5/ above the desk I would recommend from the Pinterest Board, the "hanging clipboards" to neaten the room and bring some order to art work.
When designing any room a "Principle Of Design" is placing the bed and the rooms most favoured features ie bedsides/dressers on the wall viewed when one looks into the room from the doorway.
Sometimes this is difficult due to window location or the shape of the room such as "sleepouts", but you will see in the floor plan I have taken this into account. Clearance is always important; space to walk around furniture or get to cupboards, windows, open draws etc. Spacial awareness in a room is paramount.
By placing the chest of drawers by the window it has a clear way to open the drawers, it balances the desk layout at the oppisite end of the room and is well out of the way from acess to the wardrobe.
Items such as wall art (see the pinterest board
) picture frames and the like can be placed on this wall and arranged in a decorative way, so when you look into the room you will see a well presented interesting, striking room.
(Image courtesy of shadesoflight.com)
(Image Courtesy of dromhemochtradgard.se)
So Thank you Wendy from NZ and Miss 7. I hope Gatti Design has been inspirational, helpful and thorough in helping you work through the design process and I look forward to seeing photos of the end result. Please contact me if there is anything else I can help you with while planning and selecting for this room.
And to ALL of my readers if there is a project I can help you with on the Q&A's Page
please either email, message me through the website, text or post a question on the Gatti Design FaceBook Page
and I will be happy to help as I have with Wendy's question.
Thank you for stopping by for the "SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL" on Q&A, and I hope you have a fabulous remainder of the weekend.
See you Monday.
Cover Photo - (Image Courtesy of decorpad.com)