Does your bedroom have these factors included in the design theme?
A successful design is a relative term. What is good or successful for me may not be so from your point of view. But, when it comes to interior design, there are certain factors which are always present no matter what the use of the space is.
Let’s take a look at the bare minimum design factors our area must have so that it can be called a comfortable and habitable space.
1) Proportions of the room.
The word “proportion” is always used in the design field. Every interior space which is being used by humans must be proportionate. Proportions are extremely important in any design. Every 3-dimensional object has properties such as length, width, and height. When these 3 are in accordance with the proportions of various parts of the human body we call it a “proportionate” design.
For example, a handle of a wardrobe must-have dimensions such that our fingers can hold it properly for effortless and smooth action, or a chair seat must have enough are so that we can sit comfortably. Again the type of seating will change the dimensions of the chair. A chair in the waiting lobby of a bank will be different than a sofa.
So proportions play a major role in interior design and furniture in your bedroom must also follow these rules. The dimensions of the double bed, it’s height from floor level, the height of wardrobe, dimensions of the dressing table, etc…all this matter as far as function is concerned.
2) Natural light entering the room.
There is no alternative for naturally lit spaces. Sun being the strongest source of light and also helps to keep the biological balance of the planet Earth, it is very much necessary in the interior spaces.
A study shows that natural light can penetrate in an interior space up to 20 feet (Approx. 7 meters). Using appropriate position for window opening can easily achieve this.
3) Natural ventilation.
A free and unobstructed flow of air can be a great way to keep the atmosphere cool and clean in an interior space, this is possible where bedrooms are located at the corner of the building where 2 sides of the bedrooms have external faces. Where it is not possible to provide windows on adjacent faces or opposite faces, a fan above the window is used. The concept behind the fan is simple, the lower half the bedroom height is always used by the inhabitants.
Because of the constant use of this are the air temperature rises and the air becomes lightweight. This hot air rises above and must need an escape, at such times fans above the window openings play a major role in circulating the flow through the room in an upward direction. When the lower portion of the room becomes empty fresh air from window takes its position, thus maintaining a balance.
4) Clear movement patterns.
Every bedroom has certain exit points attached to it. Such as:
a) Exit to balcony/ terrace.
b) Exit to toilet block/ walk-in closet
c) Exit to backyard (if on the ground floor)
If we draw an imaginary line from the entry point to all these exit points, ideally the should not intersect. Since all other areas are already occupied with furniture, keeping the inside circulation space clear, helps to achieve a comfortable space.
5) Good provision for inclusion of accessories.
Accessories in a bedroom have a big importance. When all other factors mentioned above are fairly met what remains is the use of accessories which can make quite a lot of difference in the comfort level of the householders.
a) The first and the most important is a good provision of artificial lighting, this includes basic lighting as well as special lighting for decoration purposes.
b) Special provision for upholstery and linen, small details such as curtain rods, provision for bed canopies can make the room extra decorative.
c) Use materials that are easy to clean and maintain.
For example, if you are using PVC flooring sheets on top of the standard tiled flooring, is it washable? Think of what will happen if your child uses it as a painting canvas. It is important to note that these are not the only factors that need to be looked upon, these can help as a starting point for further creative thinking.
Finally, the feeling which you get when you use your bedroom is most important and is a good measure to decide the success factor of your design project.