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four essential factors of a good bedroom design

By Roelf Nel

Four Essential Factors of a Good Bedroom Design

Successful design is a relative term. What is good or successful for one may not be so from your point of view. When it comes to interior design, there are certain factors which are always present no matter how the room is used. Here is a checklist of the bare minimum design factors to incorporate to have a comfortable bedroom.

1) Natural light entering the room.
Naturally lit spaces are always the primary goal. Incorporating the sun as the strongest source of light is very necessary for the interior spaces. Studies show that natural light can penetrate an interior space up to approximately 7 meters. Position your windows and sliding doors to get the maximum light into your room.

2) 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 two sides of the bedrooms have external faces.

Where it is not possible to provide windows on adjacent faces or opposite faces, a ventilator above the window is used. The concept behind the ventilator is simple. The occupants use the lower half of the bedroom causing the air temperature to rise and the air becomes lightweight.

This hot air rises above and needs an escape. The ventilators above the window play a major role of circulating the flow through the room in an upward direction. When the lower portion of the room is empty fresh air from window circulates, thus maintaining a balance.

3) Clear Movement Patterns.
Master bedrooms have certain exit points attached to it. Such as

  • Exit to balcony/ terrace.
  • Exit to toilet block/ walk-in closet
  • Exit to backyard (if on ground floor)

If we draw an imaginary line from the entry point to all these exit points, ideally they should not intersect. Since all other areas are already occupied with furniture, keeping the inside circulation space clear, helps to achieve a comfortable space.

4) Good Provision for Inclusion Of Accessories.
Accessories in a bedroom have equal importance. When all other factors mentioned above are considered, what remains is the using accessories to make a difference in the comfort levels of the occupants.

  • The first and the most important is a good provision of artificial lighting. This includes basic lighting as well as special decorative lighting for decorative purposes.
  • Special provision for upholstery and linen. Small details such as curtain rods, provision for bed canopies can make the room extra decorative.
  • 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.

The above is an attempt to look for some universal factor that can affect the comfort level of the users in a bedroom. Finally, the feeling you get when you use your bedroom is most important and is a good measure to decide the success factor of the design project.

These are starting points you can factor into your bedroom design. You can decide on your style. Is it Shabby Chic, French Cottage, Tuscan, or something else?

Visit our Pinterest Board and get some fabulous ideas of bedroom design elements.  When you are ready to build your dream home, contact us. We work with talented architects who can help you create your dream home.

By Roelf Nel

Transform your patio with 3 inspired themes

Aside from furnishings, there are many themes that you can decorate your patio with, from Asian to Art Deco. Deciding is half the fun. And the best part of decorating your patio is that you do not have to be stuck with one décor. You are always free to decorate and redecorate according to mood, taste, and even season.

Asian-Inspired Décor
What fun it is to be able to decorate your patio with furnishings and décor from other countries. Asian-inspired décor is perfect for your patio as it appeals to nature both indoors and outdoors. You can use many materials and design ideas to create Asian-inspired décor in your patio.

  • Wood, stone, bamboo, concrete, and even glass are perfect elements to create a backdrop of floors and walls for your Asian-inspired décor.
  • Water is a classic element of Asian inspired décor. A waterfall, birdbath, or pond running through your patio will incorporate the décor perfectly.
  • Plants in the form of potted bamboo are perfect Asian accents to your patio décor.
  • Accessories are important for Asian-inspired décor. Pottery, lanterns, pillows with fringe are all great accent pieces for your patio décor.

Italian-Inspired Décor
There is nothing more romantic and exquisite than Italian-inspired décor for your patio. Decorating your patio in this way is a great way to lose yourself in the moment and in the mood.

  • Brick, stone, and tile are famous components of Italian-inspired décor. Using these as a backdrop for floors and walls on your patio and incorporating them into fire pits and cooking areas is a perfect way to combine the Italian love of food and stone into your patio.
  • Brass accessories, different types and colours of espresso pots and cups hung up as décor, potted plants, wicker furniture, deep burgundies and rich purples mixed with gold are all complementary of Italian décor. Pictures of angelic cherubs on the back wall of your patio and you are transported to Italy.
  • Arches, a vine-covered trellis, and flowering vines up the posts to your patio with a small waterfall and you will almost feel as though you are in Tuscany.
  • Of course, any décor with grapes, wine bottles, and vines is the topper.

Spanish-Inspired Décor
Spanish-inspired décor will keep you and your patio guests entertained and full of vitality and energy during your time out on the patio.

  •  Bright and vibrant yellows, blues, and aqua along with mosaic tiles will keep you in the festive Spanish-inspired mode.
  • Arches, moss, small fountains, and Aztec prints are all perfect to tie in your Spanish-inspired décor.
  • Copper pots, sleek lines, stucco, and cement are all perfect for the backdrop of your décor.

These are just a few of the many different ways you can decorate your patio for an international feel. Visit our Outdoor Living Pinterest Board  and explore some great ideas for outdoor living and get inspired.

By Roelf Nel

Decorating Styles: Minimalism

Minimalism was designed with small spaces in mind, and less decorative elements allow a home to stand out by itself. This style of décor doesn’t incorporate many accents, accessories, or even furniture items. Colors are monochrome, simple, and in small quantities. It is based around the idea of white as a way to maximize space.

Minimalism generally manifests its décor style in modern, contemporary ways, even though it is possible to find minimalist designs that are retro and more outdated.

The minimalist style appeals to organization and order. But it does so in a more casual, relaxed way that is not present in the case of formal styles of home décor, for example.

This type of décor follows the principles of functional decorating, where a decorative piece is also a usable resource. The design highlight is placed in the building structure itself, and efforts are made to preserve a maximization of space in an open layout as much as possible.

The common concept of colors in home décor do not apply to the minimalist style. Like a blank canvas, a minimalist room uses light and bright colors to increase the perception of space and establish a neutral palette for other elements of design.

While white is the color of choice, off-whites, teals, pale greens, and blues are other possible options that appeal to this type of home décor.

Minimalist furniture appeals to clean lines and geometric shapes, generally of dark colors to make full contrast of the brightly colored walls. In this way, light affects a minimalist room in a special way, increasing perception of its size and placing our attention on the functional furniture – the only decorative elements used in this style.

Just like furniture follows clean lines, smooth textures, and glossy materials, fabric from the minimalist style is also plain, with no prominent textures to distract the eye.

If you are a “less is more” kind of person, the minimalist style may appeal to you. Visit our Pinterest Board and get inspired.

By Roelf Nel

Create extra space with a Patio

You are in an optimal position for adding a patio to your home if you have a house where your kitchen or living area is facing the back of the house and you have sliding doors to the backyard. Adding on a patio will enhance the spaciousness of your home.

Your patio does not have to be elaborate or state-of-the-art if your main concern is simply to add additional space. Extending your house with a patio gives you extra space for entertainment and outdoor cooking.

Keep your guests out of your kitchen and into the sunshine while you prepare a meal. Guests love to mingle on a patio or deck. It has a great feel under their feet and most people enjoy the outdoors on a beautiful day.

Not only will you have extra space in your kitchen with your guests out on the deck or patio, you will also have created the perfect outdoor “man cave.” Most men love to talk over the braai, and making a patio is the perfect designated area for the coveted braai.

This is great spaces to hold book club meetings in nice weather or to have some girlfriends over for a light lunch.

You can create useful storage space out on your patio that you did not have before in the way of deck storage for cushions. You can even custom build benches that have storage built inside them and store all of your summer items in those benches.

With the days warming up, and the tendency to gravitate outdoors, isn’t it time to build that patio?

Visit our Pinterest board for fabulous outdoor living ideas. Get inspired and create a perfect space for summer.

four essential factors of a good bedroom design
Four Essential Factors of a Good Bedroom Design
Transform your patio with 3 inspired themes
Decorating Styles: Minimalism
Create extra space with a Patio