When it comes to our homes, all of us want to make sure that we’re always making the most of them. After all, your home is the place where you are likely to spend the vast majority of your time so it really only makes sense that you would want to make it the most pleasant place possible to spend your time. Of course, the issue is that the concept of what “making the most of your home” actually means can be kind of nebulous and difficult to pin down. After all, what people want from their homes will often vary pretty wildly. However, if you really want to make sure that you’re making your home into the kind of place you will want to be there are generally two things that you should make sure to always think about as carefully as possible: form and function. Now, these two concepts are a part of far more than just interior design and impact pretty much all aspects of life in a lot of different ways but understanding how to use them in your how can make a huge difference to it. With that in mind, here are some aspects of your home that are essential when considering the ways to balance form and function.
Light occupies an unusual space in interior design because it is simultaneously one of the most ephemeral yet incredibly important elements when it comes to designing your home. After all, most interior design decisions can feel rather concrete. You can see exactly what they do to a room and why they do it. This isn’t necessarily the case for light. Light is far more often about how it makes a room feel. Which is something that a lot of people struggle with. This becomes even more pronounced when you bring the balance of form and function into the mix. After all, conventional wisdom would say that the more light, the better, right? Well, that’s not always the case. In truth, while a lack of light can leave a home feeling dark and dingy, too much light or light that doesn’t have a comfortable quality about it can end up making your home feel clinical and office-like. Now, this may be useful in some rooms but for others it’s simply not suitable. Likewise, bringing in huge amounts of natural light with things like window replacements is often a fantastic idea but you also have to consider how you will light the rooms in your home after dark when the curtains are drawn. Light is one of those things where form and function aren’t just separate things that need to be balanced, but are inexorably linked to one another.
Almost everyone is of the opinion that they would like more space in their home. In fact, that may be the one thing that more people wish for at home than anything else. However, a lot of people only ever think about the space in their home in a purely utilitarian fashion. After all, space is purely a matter of function, right? Well, it may be true that the amount of concrete space in your home does come down to function, there are a lot of ways in which the style of your home is impacted by how you use that space and vice versa. After all, if you have no space at all in a room then it’s going to feel cramped and untidy for sure, but that doesn’t mean that a room will inherently feel better just because you make it as open as possible. A lot of rooms that are designed to maximise floor space just end up feeling devoid of life and personality. Don’t assume that you’re making the most of a room just because you’ve got all the furniture pushed up against the walls and a lot of space in the middle.
It’s hardly a surprise that keeping your home warm is something of a high priority for the vast majority of people. And it’s also true that it’s an endeavours that generally falls into the “function” category. After all, what could be more utilitarian than simply trying to keep your home warm when it’s cold outside? However, the ways that you may be heating your home could be impacting the way that it looks and vice versa. Some things won’t make an impact. Double glazing is fantastic for keeping things warm and isn’t going to change how your home looks. However, things like replacing a fireplace with something more modern might heat your home more efficiently but there’s also a chance that getting rid of something like a wood burning stove is just going to result in your home losing a lot of it’s charm.
One of the very best ways to really understand whether your focus should be on form or function in any given room of your home is to ask yourself one simple question: what is this room for? The answer to that question will give you practically all of the information that you need to ensure that you’re always getting the most out of any space in your home. A home office is going to be used very differently from a bedroom or a kitchen and that means that both the form and function of those rooms needs to be different as well. An office will need to be bright and high-energy in both how it looks and how you use it whereas a bedroom should be a space where you can relax, both feeling physically comfortable and soothed by the atmosphere.
If you’re trying to balance both form and function in your home then there are very few things more important to consider than the budget that you’re working with. After all, very few of us are lucky enough to be able to make changes to our homes without considering the potential cost. Most people would assume that the most expensive options are the ones that make your home look the best but that’s not always the case. It may be that a focus on the efficiency and functionality of your home is going to drive up your budget and that’s something that you may need to compromise on where you can.
If there’s one thing that pretty much everyone comes to realise quite quickly when it comes to the balance of form and function in their home is that it very often comes down to what you are and are not willing to compromise. The reality is that the nature of the world we live in and all of our lives means that the perfect balance of form and function simply doesn’t exist a lot of the time. You need to figure out which direction you’re more willing to lean into. Sometimes you will find that the function of a part of your home is simply too important for you to sacrifice it for the sake of the way that it looks. On the other hand, you may well discover that there are elements of your home where compromising on their function really isn’t that much of a big deal and is actually well worth it for the benefits that compromise can have on the way that those elements look and feel. As much advice as there is on how to navigate this surprisingly complex are of interior design, the truth is that much of the time it simply comes down to your personal preference and what you are willing and happy to compromise in order to really make the most of your home.