Unique - Just Like Everybody Else
So you’re looking for your first home. Or maybe you’re looking to remodel your third home. Whatever the case, everyone has their own personalities, routines, habits, hobbies and so on. That’s why your home is a reflection of who you are and how you intend to get the most out of your pad. Some homes may be built very cookie-cutter, but that doesn’t mean one size fits all. To some, the kitchen may be their sanctuary; they love to cook, finding it therapeutic to concoct edible science.
Others could care less about cooking and more about watching movies, so they focus most of their energy on the arrangement of the living room while ordering delivery pizza instead. This is what makes us unique, and our homes should be just as unique. Here’s what you need to know when planning the design of your home… even if you’re not a designer.
Think critically about your regimen. Where do you spend most of your time? How do you navigate the rooms in your house? What is priority, and what requires less focus? This can be as broad as relating to your profession, or as detailed as how you style your hair. For example, say you’re a musician, and you eat, sleep and breathe music. You may have a music studio in your home, and it seems like you’re basically sleeping there because of how much time you spend in it.
Obviously, this room is going to get a bit more love than the rest because it’s your passion. In this scenario, consideration needs to be taken for everything that this entails. You need space to perform, storage for equipment, and decor to get the creative juices flowing. So what can be done to achieve this? It’s not necessarily a question that can be answered, as it will be custom tailored to your lifestyle, but it’s something to ponder when developing the design of a room.
This is especially important when aesthetics are the primary driver for what you want to achieve; you just can’t forget that it can’t be the only factor in the functionality of a layout. Often when people are looking for inspiration for how they want their home to look, they’re gravitating to sites like Pinterest to develop a mood board. It catches their eye, and they have to have it. But something is missing, and that’s the personal touch.
Sure, you can imitate anything you find on the internet, but will it work for you? There’s always a psychological component to how you need to approach a new design or redesign. You could say a kitchen can be outfitted optimally to suit all styles of cooking with easy access to the tools you need, but that’s just it: not everyone uses a kitchen the same way.
Different cultures apply different techniques; some people prefer baking over cooking; some desire a larger refrigerator; coffee could have a focal point and require its own station. So don’t think what works for them may work for you. You’re not a universal human, so don’t have a universal kitchen.
Instead, take the inspiration you find and apply it where it matters for you. Visualize your process when you’re in the moment. Think about the essential items you’re reaching for when preparing your favorite dishes, or doing your makeup, or pressing record when you finally nail that guitar lick.
Take all these minute details into consideration, and you’ll start to see how you can optimize your path-finding to be most efficient for you. Soon enough, you’ll begin to piece together everything you need and have a plan of action. You’re now thinking like a designer, and on the road to a custom design you can call your very own. All that’s left is to approach a designer and let them take it from there. You’ve laid down the base and now understand how to communicate your needs to a professional.
You’ll be prepared when a designer asks you psychological questions about what’s important to you and what they can do to achieve that. Before you know it, your house will be your home.