Detailing of place: Personalising your surroundings

Here, we are looking at the importance of making your surroundings personal and special by focusing on the detailing of place.

Hence, we are looking back at some elements in our contemporary lifestyles – the Modern Movement. It has extensively influenced interior design and architecture. The use of the word MODERN or CONTEMPORARY in today’s terms indicates a new way of thinking, the break of tradition or the introduction of modern ideas. Modernism of the early 20th century and predecessors like Frank Lloyd Wright played around with the idea of ‘opening up’ dark and gloomy interiors by introducing window openings and to open floor plans by alternating the use of walls. In this article we will touch on creating the heart of the home.

It is important that SOCIAL SPACES in any residence are the heart of the home. The heart typically includes the family or living room, kitchen and places where everyone greets and exchange news. In detailing the social space, it is import to acknowledge also the area where people pass through to enter or leave the house and this space should be accessible for everybody. It must include the right elements; usually including eating-, food preparation-, greeting- and sitting spaces.  There are a few important elements which should come together to create a contemporary space:

Natural Light

Lighten up your home with natural light

Transform small, dark rooms with light, thus, opening up the spaces. Today, social spaces mostly include the kitchen-, dining- and lounge area, but spaces still need to be defined within the open space at large. Natural light and fresh air are important and it can be achieved by glass blocks, skylights, glass walls, etc.  Window openings should be placed strategically in order to emphasize the design and special experience. Avoid just punching openings in walls.

Remove boundaries

Remove boundaries between interior and exterior spaces

Remove solid walls and establish connections between inside and outside public spaces. This can be achieved by using wood- and aluminium folding French doors. The continuation of floor finishes from inside to outside can also blur the boundary between indoor and being outdoors. Repeat interior elements outside to create an outdoor room-like space. Chandeliers, ceiling finishes, wall finishes and art works may all contribute in facilitating this aspect.

Create open plan living

A contemporary application of materials promotes an open and less cluttered way of living. This can be achieved with beautiful floor tiles, stone and hardwoods. These finishes are easy to clean in a rushed lifestyle, accompany this with rugs for comfort and you have a defined design for the lounge and dining areas.

Open plan living

Minimize clutter on walls and floors

When entering an open plan home, it is important to showcase your continuous contemporary design with the visitor’s first visual contact. Replace or combine bulky formal furnishings with light-, soft-, clean-line designs by introducing floating or weightless furniture to emphasis a casual lifestyle.

Integrate technology.

Clean-line open spaces are made possible by innovative smart technology that is available and it is important to plan the implementation of services in advance. Sound-, power sockets, heating- and cooling systems, security and lighting are just some of the services that need to be attended to while planning your interior.

In a contemporary interior you need to let go of certain fixed ideas or rules and simplify your interior to adjust to you and your family’s lifestyles. You don’t necessarily need to chuck out all inherited family ornaments and furniture. These items are loaded with sentimental value; rather combine it with contemporary furniture and detailing to highlight these. It is important not to lose your identity in an ultra-modern lifestyle, but to personalize the heart of your home.


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