COMMERCIAL living spaces must make all guests feel at home. Whoever visits an apartment, lodge, cottage or hotel must appreciate that it has a serene and restful environment. The secret to creating this home-like environment is in the interior design.
COMMERCIAL living spaces must make all guests feel at home. Whoever visits an apartment, lodge, cottage or hotel must appreciate that it has a serene and restful environment. The secret to creating this home-like environment is in the interior design. Without doubt, anyone seeking to design his or her home in the best possible way can take a tip or two from commercial living spaces.
Harriet Naggayi, an interior designer and lecturer, says the biggest ingredient for comfort in commercial living spaces is the dominance of neutral colors.
These refer to the less saturated or â€˜coolerâ€™ hues like gray, cream, off-white, ivory, sandy brown, beige, all the way to black and white as well as softer tones of blue, green.
â€œI see many homes having sofa seats, table tops, carpets, curtains and bed fabrics all made in brilliant shouting colours like red and orange. Overusing such colours makes rooms seem smaller and more crowded. Actually, it would take a lot of effort to make a room appear neat and tidy when it is full of so many bright colours,â€ she says.
She adds that many commercial living spaces are pleasant to different people because they use fabrics, paints, and furniture in neutral colours. Naggayi adds that these softer and more subdued tones create a cooler quieter atmosphere and make the room seem spacious, organised and free of clutter.
Naggayi says brighter colours such as red and orange can be used best as accents or as table tops in the dining room or draperies in the childrenâ€™s bedroom. Good choice and use of colours is what makes commercial living spaces endearing.
For example, many of them extensively employ neutral colour schemes where in most cases, white walls dominate (except if they are half spread with wallpaper).
Floors are normally hushed enough with a dull blue or brown carpets that have several subtle undertones. Looking at the furniture, it mainly comprises deep green, black or cream coloured sofa seats or white wickerwork coffee sets.
The hangings (curtains, bed covers) are often white, varied with a few earth tones and grays here and there. Of course a neutrals-only colour scheme can make a room seem so quiet and feel boring.
However, the key to avoiding the monotony is in employing tiny accessories of brighter colours. So amidst all the abundance of whites, creams, grays and browns in commercial living spaces, especially hotels, one will always stumble upon a hot pink throw-pillow on the cushions, a Persian lamp stand ornamented in blazing red and gold, or wallpaper with several subtle flowers.
Even the bathroom that is dominated by cream and white ceramic tiles is varied enough with pink sinks and toilet seats. When it comes to accessorising a room, the throw rugs, artwork, lamps, vases and other accessories should rhyme with the entire look.
Neutral colours are such a beautiful palette to work with since they blend in well with all sorts of accents in the room without making it seem to cluttered or busy. As a result, neutral colours create an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere with interesting focal points.
Neutral colours are also often varied by the use of different textures and patterns such as leather, ceramics, satin, wallpaper, wool all melding together seamlessly. Neutral colours also work well with spacious rooms that have no clutter lying around Too many things cramped in a small room kill the aroma of a neutral colour theme.
Instead of employing many small furniture objects, get single, multi-purpose and versatile items. Soft lights or central lightings that diffuse the light to the corners of the room great accentuate elegance and class. Indoor plants are also a great turn-on for home-based on neutral colours. You can either place real pots on window sills or at the corners of a dining hall or even go for artificial plants and keep them on top of tables or furniture.
Hotels often employ large mirrors on walls to create an illusion of space and add light to the interiors. In a home, a mirror can be placed adjacent to a wall with an interesting picture or piece of artwork so as to reflect images and add a sense of space. Expand a small dining room by placing an ornate mirror on a wall. This will make the room appear larger and brighter.
To style your home in neutral colours, first deal with every aspect of the house such as furnishings, washrooms and draperies. Everything picked should match with the theme of the house.
For simple peaceful homes, the best bet would be to use off-white or beige coloured furniture. It gives a calming effect to the room. In case you do not want to go for light shades, give your home a warm comforting rustic feel. For this, you should use dark neutral colours such as shades of brown, rust and black. Next in line, comes the kind of draperies used.
Bright colours make a room seem smaller