I have recently been part of my apartment community group; this is an upcoming complex of around 1100 apartments in Bangalore where the builder is finally handing over after many years of wait. A lot of the apartments have interiors going on and the proud owners are happy posting pictures of their interiors, asking questions on how to do what etc. For me it is really a great place to get an outside in view and learn how different service providers and interior designers approach the design mandate and the general expectation and feedback from customers as a community member and NOT in the role of the service provider which I usually find myself in.
While there are multiple aspects, when seeing the pics, one thing that stands out is the concept of Design Symmetry & Balance. While all interior designers talk about this (I too have, way back in 2013 in the blog post here https://thestudiobangalore.com/blog/2013/06/a-car-is-not-just-car-element-of-design.html), it is quite an experience when one gets to see this in action in 50 – 60 pictures of similar spaces done by different designers or agencies. The best-looking designs – and this is irrespective of the finish, colour selection or the money spent – are the ones that have paid attention to attain an overall balance and symmetry in terms of
- Aligning the false roofing to the space and the furniture below it
- Having the Furniture placement in accordance with the fans, the light points and in balance with the rest of the furniture pieces.
- The lighting colour and brilliance in balance with the type of space that it illuminates
- The wall & furniture colours in balance with the tiling and / or wall papers and the lighting
I can go on, but I think this gives you a good picture on what to watch out for when YOU design your own home. I would also encourage you to read this earlier post (click here) that details this concept further.