You may come across a lot of individuals who have picked up interior deigning as their profession. There are many institutions that offer professional training. Now, what is interior designing? Is it one of those of short-term professions or summer jobs which are picked up by students to earn some pocket money or is it some of those high-profile careers which provide opportunity to an individual to prosper in the long run? Let us look into the issue.
First of all, the question – it is indeed a very pertinent one today, especially with so many students taking up this particular profession as a career. Technically speaking, it is that branch of knowledge which teaches various ways of designing the interiors of a house or any other indoor space. This may include designing floors and walls, windows and doors, furniture and fittings, lighting and various other types of decorative pieces and items. The objective of interior designing is to make a particular space comfortable to use besides making it visually and aesthetically pleasing. The entire process is easier said than done and asks for a professional designer who is trained enough to apply a wide variety of designs.
Though, this particular profession dates back to several centuries, people at present utilize the concepts to overhaul their offices and homes– either themselves, taking the help of the internet and various available books and journals or with the help of trained professionals.
The task of an interior designer may range from designing small dwellings to huge corporate office spaces and buildings. A designer is also expected to shape up the ambience or atmosphere of a particular space with creativity backed by cohesive aesthetics. Therefore, interior designing asks for a vast knowledge in a number of fields that a professional must master in order to excel.
Again, if you ask me what is interior designing as per the modern concept, let me tell you that it would also include a sound knowledge in management and interpersonal skills as well as engineering. This is to ensure that the modern designer has the ability to put across his/her vision and imagination to the client and has a clear idea of working in and with a team. The vastness of a modern designer’s work asks for the ability to work as a team and a good knowledge in man management helps a lot in that. Besides, the designer also needs to have an idea of the engineering aspects of a certain space or building as this will help him/her to understand the work better.
If you look around the modern buildings that are being built and their interiors, you will be able to get an insight into the talents of a modern designer and understand what interior designing is. The entire concept of interior designing has undergone a sea change and there is simply no limit so far as innovation and creativity is concerned. Whether, we talk about the recently introduced floating island of Monaco or about the picturesque bungalows of the business tycoons coming up in the new age India, the beauty of these architectural wonders are enhanced by many a folds by the talented professionals who are by every means as creative as those who had built the ancient wonders that still leave us spellbound!
House Plan Room Sizes – Ideal Dimensions for Living Rooms
Living rooms, once considered the formal counterpart to the dining room, are anything but formal these days. They are more relaxed now and are used as a part of daily activities in the average home; in addition, they are also considered to be family rooms these days. The names have become interchangeable to many homeowners, so this could explain the gradual shift of this space from a formal room to a casual one.
One of the most challenging aspects of designing the size and shape of livings rooms, or any room for that matter, is to provide enough wall space for furniture placement. Rectangular rooms are ideal in general due to the ease of furniture planning; whereas, square rooms present a tougher challenge due to equal length walls. Since this is the area where the family unit would spend a significant amount of time, it is important to make this room one of largest; if not the biggest room in your house.
Living rooms vary in size and are governed by the overall heated square footage of your house. For the purpose of this article, we will take into consideration the use of the living room as a formal space for guest and a so-called family room for casual daily uses.
Minimum Suggested Measurements
Possible dimension arrangements: 11 to 12 feet in width, 15 to 16 feet in length (165 to 192 sf)
[12 ft is a better option as a minimum but if it’s not possible, try to add inches between 11 and 12 ft to maximize the width.]
Ideal sizes for use in small one story homes or two-story homes with a small footprint. Also good for a formal room where there is ample square footage for a separate and slightly larger family room.
Possible dimension arrangements: 13 to 14 feet in width, 16 to 18 feet in length (208 to 252 sf)
Ideal measurements for a family room in a small to midsize home. These dimensions are also a perfect guide for a separate formal living room in larger more luxurious homes with the additional square footage
Possible dimension arrangements: 15 to 18 feet plus in width, 20 to 22 feet plus in length (300 to 396 sf plus)
Ideal size for the purpose of a large family room in midsize to luxury homes.
How you plan to use your living room will be the main governing factor along with furniture and overall square footage. It is best to have one large space rather than having two small rooms. For smaller homes, try to go with a medium to large size room instead of chopping up valuable living space. For the lucky among us who will build midsize and large homes, you have an added advantage of additional square footage allowing for a large and small living room for formal and casual family use. Nonetheless, using the aforementioned ideal dimensions for a living room should give you an upper hand on utilizing your living space more efficient.
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