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How to Improve Circulation in Interior Spaces

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The big question about any interior is how to manage, distribute, and work with space. Don’t let all the possibilities frustrate you, though – once you take some key factors into consideration, it can be really simple.

The rule of thumb for how far apart to space your furniture is 3 feet, but don’t take that as a hard-and-fast law that can’t be broken. The spatial needs for a family with 4 young, energetic children will be very different from an elderly couple, or for a 5000 square-foot home versus a shotgun apartment in Brooklyn.

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Always consider how much movement between pieces is necessary. You don’t want your sense of how space is supposed to work in a home to get somebody hurt.

For instance, households with children should banish prominent edges, and homes with older people who may have stiff joints will want to bring in higher furniture.

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Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits (from top): zoetnet and Urbane Apartments

Don’t Oversaturate Your Interior Spaces

When thinking about interior design saturation, the first thing you need to do is stand back. By that, we mean you need a point of reference, somewhere you can go in your interior to centralize your perspective, provide an objective framing point to assess the room.

Think of these as places where you generally access a room: a doorway or a hallway, or maybe a central point of furniture. From there, consider the way the color is laid out: where is the accent, where are the neutrals, and how much of each is there?

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But don’t stop at the walls – look to the décor for places where the color saturation plays out throughout the entire space, and consider where and how it’s distributed.

From there, it’s a good idea to get some perspective. Separate yourself and look at the space from a distance to see where color is popping out as either too heavy or too absent. Maybe certain textures start to pop out as you see the space in its entirety rather than in small parts, which can give you some ideas about ways to rearrange furniture or places to add some pops of color.

But don’t stop there – that’s only one room. Keep in mind that each space in your home communicates with each other, and that all the interior design elements interplay as you shift them.

You can be one-dimensional and do it one way throughout, but keep in mind that mixing things up could provide a unique flow for your home.

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Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer) and Bryce Emley
Photo Credits (From Top): Charlotte Holmes, Jurgan Leckle, Jurgan Leckle

Create The Perfect Mood With Accent Colors

Photo: Liliane Limpens

One of the easiest ways to liven up your home is with accent colors and matching accent decorations. Accent colors are used to help give a room a pop, to blend the color scheme together, and most importantly, to decide the mood of the entire room.

Using accent colors is about two things: choosing a mood that you want to provoke and choosing where you want the attention of your guests to be drawn to.

In the above picture, the homeowners chose red and pink to give the room a playful and energetic vibe by picking two pink and red decorative toys. These color choices enhance the clean strong lines of the room while also inviting kids to come play. This type of subtle invitation can be done with small accent items such as picture frames and pillows.

Photo: Jolante Van Hemert
One of the popular ways to use accent colors is by painting a single wall; accent walls can have a huge impact on the mood of the room so you want to be careful in what wall you choose to paint. Where the first picture gives us a small splash of color and thus a small splash of mood, this bubble gum pink almost overwhelms the senses with its vibrancy.

When you are picking accent colors, focus on what these colors make you feel when you’re in the room. The whole reason you want to choose an accent wall color is to enhance the mood that you want yourself and your guests to feel when they come into your home. The best way to accomplish that with accent walls is to use softer more muted colors which will invite the mind into the room gently.

Photo: Maegan Tlntarl

If you are planning on using accent color for a brown couch, pick a soft buttery tan color for your accent wall and use the bolder shades of bronze and brown for other accent glassware and throw pillows. Use the bolder colors centerpieces which can be enjoyed by your family and your guests either with an accent sofa to lounge on or blankets to wrap up in.

When choosing an accent color look at what you already have, we typically buy things that are colors we already like, and you will find a theme to the colors you enjoy. Pick the one which is most dominate in the room and focus on the various shades of that color to help bring the room together.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez and Michelle Nickolaisen
Photo Credits (From Top): Liliane Limpens, Jolante Van Hemert, Maegan Tlntarl