Do you have a huge room you need to make look designed? Or a small room that needs to function as three different rooms? Maybe you’re lucky and have a big room that needs to multi-function. Whichever it is, keep reading to learn what zones are and how to create them to make your room work for you all day long. If you would rather listen just click on the video below.
In a previous blog I outlined all the steps needed to go from zero to perfect when designing a room, I promised to break each step into its own topic and here we are! .
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WHAT IS A ZONE?
When designing a room the first question we ask is “what will the room be designed for?” Once we have our list – and make sure it’s a list since it will never be just one thing- we can go to the room itself and figure out where each of these activities will take place. These different areas are called zones. For example in a bedroom we will have the sleeping zone, the reading zone, the dressing zone etc.
When deciding on zones keep in mind the different aspects of the room. For instance, maybe don’t put the dressing zone by the window, maybe put the relaxing zone there. Make sure to take in all the different architectural features so that your zones are using the space most effectively and they make sense. Comment below with a feature that is in your space that you can use to your advantage when working with zones.
Weed out which zones are necessary and which zones are optional. Find homes for the necessary ones first and then add in the optional ones one by one. We don’t want our room to look like a desperate over-acheiving plan, we want it to look perfect. Putting too many zones in a small space takes away from each zone and will make the room feel cluttered.
It is also important to accentuate each zone, making sure each is somewhat marked so that they don’t run into each other. For example in a reading corent use a curtain or an accent wall, under the bed place a rug – where you get dressed maybe place an accent light – these are all just suggestions but use something to mark the space.
When thinking of zones, it’s also important to think about the overall feel you want in the room. An example of this would be if you are going for a minimalistic style, try to put less zones and make those zones pretty pared back. However if you like cosy, you can have the zones a little more clustered.
Remeber to create a focal point so that when you come into the room you know where to look. We don’t want to be looking at a bunch of comparmentalized furniture. Also make sure that all the zones match each other in style and color palette.
And one last tip, try to make each zone related to the zone near it. Think of the path one takes and then create the zones accordingly. For example if you have a kitchen, the adjoing zone or space would be an eating area, then from there to a relaxing area since that is the path most people take – cooking, eating, relaxing.
So there you have it. Try to sketch it out on a paper before acutally moving things until you get to the desired effect. And make sure to come back next week to learn the next step!