Where in the home do you gravitate and why?

What is your absolute favorite room in the house? In what rooms do you want to spend most of your time when you’re home? For many it’s the kitchen, in part because that’s where the food is and where we need to spend time preparing meals and other provisions for entertaining. The kitchen also happens to be the room for which most homeowners spend more time planning and remodeling.

There are reasons why you love certain spaces, and they have to do with common human characteristics as well as your own individual tastes. What if you could plan your entire home so that all of the rooms feel like your sanctuary – your favorite place? That’s where having a designer can be not only valuable but priceless. Perhaps you’re fortunate to have a house in which every square foot is a delightful place to be. How did it get that way? Chances are a skilled architect, distinguished builder or talented interior designer had a hand in it. Maybe all three did.

If some rooms in a home or building are attractive, pleasing and warm while others are uncomfortable and… let’s just say ugly, the difference was all in the planning and design – or lack thereof.

There are several important factors in creating auspicious and pleasing living spaces. Orientation to light, colors, size, furniture and art are some of the major ones.

Have you ever looked at a magazine layout or a web page that made you feel drawn in to flip through or click through and read more pages. By the same token, have you viewed a printed piece or website that was necessary for you to read but you had to strain yourself to stay engaged with it? Good graphic designers know how to lay things out in a way that is pleasing to the eye and also compelling to look at, read and absorb. It’s the same thing with buildings and rooms except they have three dimensions so additional levels of talent and skill come into play.

As human beings we are all unique and have individual tastes but there are some universally pleasing ways to design spaces in which anyone will feel comfortable. Those common elements of good design can be the basis for laying out your interior space followed by your own individual style and artistic touches. When you work with a skilled designer, he or she will assure that your stylistic desires will be part of every decision while already knowing what will work and what won’t in some of the major layout, construction, materials and color choices.

Designing rooms for beauty and comfort is a very ancient art. The practice of feng shui has a recorded history of about 3,500 years. It is a Chinese system of geomancy believed to combine the laws of both heaven and earth to bring positive energy to a place. It’s modern application and reference is now fairly common in western cultures. We may sometimes hear someone say, “This place has great feng shui.” Basically they’re commenting on now nice, comfortable and beautifully designed the room or building is.

Oftentimes people can make the house they’re not so crazy about into one they’re very happy with by making a few changes to interior finishes, lighting, colors and furniture arrangement. A simple and affordable remodel such as a bump-out (pushing through a wall a few feet to add significant square footage to a room) can make a standard sized room into a grand room.

The minds of the design team at 3W design, inc. are always brimming with ideas for homeowners to improve their spaces to improve their lives. Whether it’s time for a major remodel or just a few interior changes, you can give all your spaces some added beauty and comfort, or feng shui. It only takes a decision and some commitment to transform your rooms into sanctuaries.

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