According to Ana Utrilla, an interior designer: “75% of the interior design of a place directly influences our health and mood”.Furniture and accessories in interior design are as important as salt and spices in food. It is the crucial element that holds the desired aesthetic together. Thus, interior designers must have the understanding and experience to know how to choose the right furniture and accessories for each project, comprehending the space they have to work with.

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Analysis of project

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For selecting furniture and accessories that suit the space, the first step is to analyze the architectural project. It should do justice to the design features, scale and proportion, and space functionality. Discussions with clients to understand their tastes, expectations, ideas, objectives, and preferred style enhance the analysis of the project’s interior designer. Spaces can be compared to mannequins, waiting to be dressed up by interior details such as lighting, colours, furniture, and accessories.

Selection of a style and colour scheme

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Before filling the space with furniture, it is necessary to clearly state the design style and colour palette we are trying to achieve for the project. Identify whether Bohemian, Minimalist, Rustic, Modern, Mediterranean, Traditional, or a blend of some styles would guide the selection of furniture. Our vision is what mainly separates one space from another. The furniture selection should reflect this unique tone wished to be created. The perfect colour palette and tone can be determined using tools such as Coolors .co, which easily selects colour ranges according to requirements. Accessories being a reflection of style, trend, and personality, they need to be selected to blend harmoniously with the colour scheme and style of the space. If the room furnishing is of a particular period, the accessories must be of the same period. Similarly, the furniture and accessories’ size, shape, and texture establish cohesion in the design.

Design Considerations

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Moodboard helps ease the process of selection­_©istock

Considering basic design principles such as balance, symmetry, focal point, and rhythm beforehand can help in the process of furniture and accessories selection. For example, placing larger furniture pieces opposite each other and using pairs of accessories on either side of a focal point is decided before purchasing. Furniture can be chosen according to purpose – whether for seating, sleeping, entertainment, storage, or combined functions. Incorporating different textures and materials may add depth and visual interest to the space. Wood, bamboo, concrete, glass, metal, and wicker furniture can be chosen according to the theme of the design. It can be discussed whether the furniture must be bought from retail stores or custom-made. A simple space can be completely transformed fashionably into a modern and chic area with the right accessories.  While selecting and arranging them, natural and artificial light should be addressed.

Budget

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Once the designers know the scope and every detail of the project, a budget must be formulated to stick to while buying or ordering furniture and accessories. The furniture and accessories that would create the WOW factor and would be the most important in a space should be shortlisted. Investing in those on priority would be beneficial to maintain the overall design output. Including flexible, multi-functional, versatile, transforming furniture with more than one use can be beneficial when there are budget restrictions. Buying local, low-maintenance furniture and accessories is more pocket friendly as transportation costs are minimal.

Emerging Trends

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Sustainable Materials: There is a growing emphasis on eco-friendly and sustainable furniture and accessories. Some options include Furniture made from recycled or reclaimed materials, sustainable woods, and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes.

Multifunctional Furniture: As space becomes more limited, multifunctional furniture is gaining popularity. Furniture that serves multiple purposes, such as storage ottomans, convertible sofa beds, or extendable dining tables, is in demand.

Vintage and Antiques: Incorporating vintage or antique furniture and accessories adds character and a sense of history to a space. Mixing old and new elements can create a unique and curated look.

Natural and Organic Elements: Bringing nature indoors is a rising trend. Using furniture and accessories made from natural materials like wood, rattan, bamboo, or cork is commonly observed. Indoor plants and natural fibers like jute or sisal for added texture are incorporated.

Statement Pieces: Adding a statement piece can create a focal point and add visual interest to a space. Consider a bold-coloured sofa, a unique lighting fixture, or an eye-catching art piece.

Metallic Accents: Incorporating metallic finishes such as gold, brass, or copper can add a touch of luxury and glamor to a room. Using metallic accents in accessories, lighting, or furniture attracts eyesight.

Technology advantage and easy financing-Furniture selling companies are taking advantage of technology to enable customers to view products in all styles, colours, zoom or rotate and even see hidden components. When paired with WebAR, they can easily visualize how the selected furniture will look in the desired space. This has benefitted the customers, interior designers, and architects to visualize the effect of furniture pieces in a space, and increased online purchases benefit the furniture companies. Easy financing options have enabled quicker delivery of furniture.

 Wayfair 3D/AR Video with ASUS and Verizon 

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The furniture pieces and accessories selected should ultimately reflect the space’s personality. Sajal Lamba, co-founder and director, Wriver stated, What works for someone else might not work for you, rendering it ideal to be cognizant of your identity while choosing the appropriate furniture for your home. You can create great-looking interiors that complement your lifestyle by keeping function, durability, necessity, and aesthetics in mind.” 

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1_Interior Design_ ©Vogue India

2_Analysis of Project_©CWG Architects

3_Bohemian Style Interior design_©Decorilla

4_Moodboard helps ease the process of selection­_©istock

5_Multi functional furniture_©thespruce.com

6_Sustainable Furniture_©istock

7_Use of AR in furniture selection_©Wayfair

Author

Ishwari is a budding Architect who loves to explore spaces , cultures, and people. With the countless stories they express, she wishes to unfold them through her writings.