Lately, especially during the live sessions with Dr. Francesca Basile, I’ve been talking about change and the importance of improving our spaces so they can always support us!

However, often, when we want to make changes to our home, we don’t know where to start!

In fact, we’re so used to our spaces that we don’t know what needs to change!

We could say we’re accustomed and don’t notice things anymore because they’ve “always been that way,” and we’ve lived with them well (or almost)!!

But if you want to freshen up your home, you should look at your spaces with different eyes!

To do this, it’s helpful to enter each room as if it were the first time, with paper and pen, and ask yourself a series of questions!


Take note of what catches your eye at first; naturally, there’s no right or wrong answer!

It could be a painting, a console, a simple vase, or a photo frame!

Now ask yourself: “Is this what I want people to see first?”

While it’s correct that your home should represent you and please you, it’s equally true that if there’s something you don’t like, you might avoid or limit invitations because of it.

Moreover, if you don’t want it to be the first thing people see, actually, you don’t want it to be the first thing you see, either!

(credits: Scout & Nimble;


No matter how small the room may be, it should give a sense of spaciousness and be as bright as possible!

Not all rooms have abundant natural light, but as mentioned other times, there are many tricks to “brighten it up.”

Primarily, use mirrors, then glossy surfaces and metals, which are elements that best reflect light!



Take a critical look at your surroundings and answer honestly.

You should feel welcomed, embraced, and immediately at ease when you enter different rooms.

If this isn’t the case, try to think of those things that would make you feel better.

It could be changing colors, using textures and materials, or personalizing with some unique objects or decorations!

(credits: @indiebohonest;


It’s crucial that when entering a room, the gaze can flow freely throughout the space.

That creates an unconscious pleasure in the mind, promoting relaxation.

There may, indeed there should, be a focal point that draws more attention, but generally, the gaze should be able to move without any “obstacles.”

Therefore, it’s advisable to remove or rearrange anything that might somehow hinder this flow of vision!

(credits: Becky Shea Design; Rafael Soldi)


Check that there are no areas where all the furniture is too clustered and others empty.

Having everything placed only on one side of the room creates an imbalance that leads to an unconscious discomfort in the mind.

It’s good to balance visual weights and play with heights for the same reason!

Moreover, this will also help with the previous point, as it will aid in the flow of the gaze!



The walls are also crucial, and walls too crowded with photographs and paintings can feel suffocating!

While it’s true that empty spaces are necessary to provide breathing room, it’s equally accurate that completely empty walls can appear sad!

In addition to the number of decorations, be mindful of their sizes; everything should be proportionate: decorations that are too small will get lost, and those that are too large will dominate.

Choose elements that represent you, that hold meaning for you, and, of course, harmonize with the chosen style and colors!

(credits: cose di casa;


Speaking of colors, does your palette appear varied and harmonized or flat and monotonous?

Colors must create play and contrast to add movement and rhythm to the room.

Even if you choose a monochromatic palette, playing with the same color’s saturations, shades, tones, and nuances is paramount!

If you have more than one color, following some precautions is paramount, I discussed it here.

(credits:; Meridiani living)


In addition to playing with various color saturations, everything mustn’t be smooth and solid-colored, as the environment would appear somewhat flat.

You can use patterns or textures on walls, perhaps with wallpaper!

If that seems too much, use them on curtains, rugs, cushions, armchairs, and even sofas!

There are also some slight considerations regarding pattern combinations for a harmonious and pleasant result, which I discussed here!

(credits: Jenn Feldman; furniture jolene-113)


Clutter isn’t ideal for beautiful, harmonious, and relaxing spaces; we’ve said it other times.

Check to see if there are things around that would be better stored away; perhaps you need to add a few more storage elements.

They could be baskets that, moreover, will decorate, add textures, and “warmth” to the environment!

By clutter, I also mean the visual clutter of a room that may be too full of furniture or objects.

Evaluate critically if there’s too much and if you might feel a bit “overwhelmed”; if so, try to remove some!



That is also an essential aspect of improving your spaces.

You might be tired of hearing it, but plants reconnect us to nature, making them essential elements for our homes.

You don’t need to have a jungle; sometimes, just a leaf or some branches will do, and there isn’t a room (excluding the utility room) that can’t have plants!

While real ones are preferable, if, like me, you’re not exactly blessed with a green thumb, know that it’s been proven that even artificial ones (as long as they look realistic) have the same effect on the mind!

And this holds even in terms of Feng Shui!

(credits: @oh.eight.oh.nine;

If you examine the various rooms of your home by asking yourself these questions, you’ll find that you’ll be able to identify areas where improvements may be needed to enhance the spaces!

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Do you have a small home and don’t know how to make it beautiful, cozy, and functional?

We’ve said it other times: a small home is definitely more challenging to furnish, but not impossible.

Nowadays, especially with new constructions, encountering this type of housing is very likely!

Let’s see what to do in the case of a small home!


When dealing with a small home, one might think they should opt for tinier furniture and accessories.

While maintaining a certain proportion is paramount, to have a few slightly larger pieces than many smaller ones is better.

First and foremost, smaller pieces might not be as comfortable or functional.

Also, too many pieces can create visual clutter, making the space feel even smaller.

From a Feng Shui perspective, it’s important not to overcrowd the space to allow energy to flow freely.

If the room is too full, the energy may become stagnant.

In addition to size, consider the type of furniture as well: it’s better to opt for pieces with simple, minimalist lines to avoid weighing down the space.

(credits: @elemorlovedecor_blog; @anabarcenasinteriorista)

As seen other times, it would also be ideal for furniture to have legs for being raised from the ground, creating the illusion of more space underneath and tricking the mind into perceiving greater spaciousness.

Additionally, like before, this allows for the flow of energy, making it an excellent choice from a Feng Shui perspective.

(credits: Ikea;


Very useful are also transformable or foldable furniture pieces, which you can open/enlarge or fold back depending on your needs!

There are many different types available on the market, and they can be quite aesthetically pleasing as well.

The same goes for multifunctional elements, such as storage ottomans/benches or chairs that you can use near the table or the sofa, depending on the occasion.

That allows for having fewer items that serve multiple functions!


For making the right choice, good initial planning is crucial, where you understand how you use spaces, giving more importance to areas that you use most frequently.

For instance, if you don’t always have guests for lunch or dinner, a small extendable table in the dining area might suffice, providing more breathing space for the living room!

(credits: Amazon; Ikea)


When space is limited, it’s easy to feel intimidated, and when following advice (including the previous one) to opt for linear and essential furniture, there’s a risk of ending up with a result that doesn’t represent the home inhabitants.

If the house doesn’t reflect your style, it won’t be comfortable or functional, and you won’t feel at ease.

So, how do you express your style when having simple and linear furniture is essential?

Express your style through decorations!

“Less is more” is a must in small spaces, but “less” doesn’t mean lacking character!

Start with a minimal base, as mentioned before, for large furniture pieces, choosing items that can adapt to any style.

Then, express your personality with smaller accessories such as a unique chair, perhaps a designer piece, artwork, cushions, and so on.

By doing this, you’ll maintain airy spaces with character and personality – your own!

Moreover, this approach allows you to change things frequently without breaking the bank each time!

(credits: @reserve_home;


We often talk about order for inviting and harmonious homes, but in small spaces, it’s vital to avoid visually constricting the area further!

Again, in this case, “less is more” is truly significant because it makes it easier to maintain a tidy home.

Having too many things scattered around isn’t ideal, even from a Feng Shui perspective, as it tends to stagnate energy rather than allow it to flow freely!

Tools for organizing drawers and closets can help maintain order.

There’s a wide variety available on the market, ranging in size and price to suit every need and budget!

Organizing drawers and closets effectively will allow for easy access to everything.

When items are practical to take out and put away, it’s much easier to maintain order!

Additionally, you can consider other storage elements such as benches, ottomans, or baskets, which not only serve a functional purpose but can also be decorative.

Among storage elements are still storage beds or beds with drawers, which are undoubtedly convenient but not recommended from a Feng Shui perspective due to the potential energy blockage.

If you want to utilize the space under the bed, it’s better to use boxes, perhaps with wheels, so you can move them around during cleaning and, thus, stir up the energy!

(credits:; Etsy)


In small spaces, it’s essential to have airy and bright environments.

Therefore, maximizing natural light is vital!

To achieve this, it’s important to keep windows and French doors clean and free from obstruction by plants, furniture, or curtains!

For privacy, use lightweight and filtering curtains.

If you prefer double curtains and want a thick and colorful one, use an extra-long rod so that, when it’s open, it doesn’t cover the window but only a part of the wall.

Pay attention to the color of the curtains, as they will tint the light filtering through and subsequently alter the perception of colors in the house!

(credits: Cille Grut;

If your home isn’t so bright, help duplicate the light with mirrors, glossy elements, and metallic items!

However, avoid overdoing shiny or metallic elements to prevent the environment from feeling too cold!

Strategically position mirrors; practically, placing them in front of windows maximizes reflected light because they capture more.

However, from a Feng Shui perspective, this “sends back” the entering energy, so it’s better to position them laterally to invite energy to enter!

(credits:; Nordic design)


Colors also play an important role in light reflection, and white is the ultimate reflective color.

From the live with color expert Claudia Piolatto (if you missed it, you can find it here), we understood that avoiding pure white is better because it can cause glare and tends to create somewhat sterile environments.

However, there are more than 150 shades of white, so you can absolutely find the most suitable one.

It’s not mandatory to totally eliminate colors!

For walls, choose light colors that aren’t too vivid and avoid strong contrasts (which visually shrink the space).

Feel free to use stronger colors in accessories and objects to add rhythm and character.

(credits: @anthology_creative_studio;

N.B. The bedroom could be an exception to light colors, and here’s why.

Dark colors create a cozy, intimate environment akin to a warm embrace, which is particularly important in the bedroom!

So, if you like them, feel free to use them!

Since the bedroom is primarily for resting and sleeping, prioritizing brightness at all costs can be overlooked.

However, I still advise maintaining consistency with the colors, perhaps opting for richer versions or toning them down with gray or black in the case of very vibrant colors.

That will maintain a sense of harmony throughout the space!

(credits: Pella Hedeby; Studio Enass)

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

The home is not just a roof under which to eat and sleep but a LIVE place that supports us in every aspect, especially our psychophysical well-being.

The home should be that place where we feel good, where we let down our defenses, and where we rediscover and are ourselves!

To truly make it so, it’s paramount to pay attention to some details.

Let’s see them together.


An essential aspect of having a home that supports well-being is that it’s designed to represent you 100%.

Sometimes there’s a tendency to follow fashion trends, partly because they please the eye, partly to impress others, but this is a mistake!

Your home should exude your personality in every detail and be furnished with intention!

Each space should be designed to honestly support your lifestyle and personal way of being and living in the home.

Therefore, the choice of furniture, materials, and colors should be made based on your personality, as mentioned a moment ago.

They should please your eyes, of course, but also your body and soul, and they should speak of you!

Always start with a list of things that are important to you to create environments that are comfortable and harmonious for you.



The same house and room can be furnished in many different ways, not only in style and colors but also in layouts!

It’s essential, first and foremost, that everything is arranged functionally for your way of living in the space.

As mentioned other times, consider the primary function for each room and then plan everything else around it.

An example I always give is the living room: is the primary function to entertain guests or watch TV?

You can see how the arrangements would differ!

Everything should be arranged functionally for you (you’re always at the center of everything!)

When functionally positioning things, it’s also vital to ensure that everything is easily accessible.

You should be able to move around the rooms and access everything without “jumping over obstacles” or moving things around.

This ease of access will make everything flow more smoothly, and you’ll enjoy every space totally.

Moreover, this fluidity will also make cleaning easier, making it, I won’t say enjoyable, but at least not stressful!

funzionalità e fruibilità casa che supporta benessere

(credits: Isabelle Dimang;


Light is essential for psychophysical well-being.

It has been shown that in Nordic countries where the population experiences very few hours of daylight for many months of the year, the incidence of depression is higher.

Therefore, it’s paramount to have a bright home and to make the most of natural light first and foremost!

Sometimes, rooms tend to be dark, and in these cases, it’s vital to implement some strategies, such as using glossy materials (without overdoing them because they can make the environment feel cold) and, above all, mirrors.

Mirrors strategically placed, more or less in front of the window, can double the light in the room!

Another helpful trick is to use shiny metals in the lamp stems, chair and table legs, handles, and frames, for example!

Metals will also help reflect light.

It goes without saying that artificial light is essential as well.

Every room should have proper general lighting to see everything well.

However, as you know by now, this isn’t enough; it should be supplemented by other sources of light that can create atmosphere and be useful for activities (for example, a lamp near the couch, especially if you enjoy reading!).


(credits: studio mcgee; Studio-design-HDm2)


We’ve mentioned this other times: buying furniture and accessories made from natural materials is essential.

That is good for the environment, we know that, but it’s also good for us.

Warm materials like wood provide a pleasant sensation, even if unconscious because they connect us to nature.

The same goes for fabrics, such as cotton, linen, wool, or velvet, because they are free from synthetic substances and are much more pleasant to the touch (often also to the eye).

Natural materials are free from chemicals that are often harmful, so using them for furniture coverings, accessories, and fabrics means creating healthy environments.


(credits: hoskelsa; @oh.eight.oh.nine)


Colors have an incredible psychological impact on us (I discuss it here), so they should be chosen carefully.

The calming colors of nature, such as sand, greens, and blues, are always an excellent choice for relaxing environments that connect us to nature.

It’s also a good idea to prefer warm tones or at least warm up cooler tones with the proper materials.

Neutral colors are very suitable for cozy and relaxing settings.

By neutral colors, I mean any color desaturated with white for a lighter tint or black for a darker color!

To have vibrant spaces, play with the tones and shades of colors from the palette, and dare with walls of intense colors.

If you love bright colors, use them to add character, maybe not in large quantities, but in accessories and decorations (the famous 10% of the 60-30-10 rule: I discuss it here).

(credits:; @rcpa)


Undoubtedly, this point won’t surprise you; we’ve mentioned it many times!

Plants have a calming power because they mentally connect us to nature, which relaxes us.

This power is visual, so even though it’s better with authentic plants, it still applies to artificial ones.

Authentic plants have an added bonus, which is their ability to purify the air, and, of course, this is a great thing!

There isn’t a room in the house that can’t have plants, except maybe for a windowless bathroom or a storage room.

You can even put them in the bedroom!

Decorate with plants: get some tall ones that reach the ceiling, and get some small ones to put in your compositions on consoles, bookshelves, and tables.

You can even use just branches or decorative leaves; they have an elegant, minimal effect!


(credits:; Scout & Nimble)


For those who aren’t minimalist at heart (like myself, I admit, I’m not), it’s easy to “accumulate” many things.

That impacts our homes and, therefore, us!

When you have a lot, it’s much harder to clean and keep everything well-organized, and things end up occupying important spaces (both in sight and drawers and closets).

It’s vital to get rid of what no longer serves a purpose, what no longer represents us, what no longer has meaning.

I know it’s not easy, but there’s a trick here too!

First of all, DON’T do everything at once; after a while, you might get tired and give up, rearranging everything as before.

Dedicate an hour a week, 10/15 minutes a day, whatever suits you best, and start with one room and one closet and then continue.

You don’t need to get rid of everything RIGHT AWAY; for the things you’re unsure about, only start by setting them aside!


Find a corner where you can keep a bit of temporary clutter and put everything there that you might not use anymore or doesn’t fit but, for various reasons, you find it hard to let go of.

Once you’ve tidied up the whole room, look at the result and savor how it makes you feel.

At that point, you can look at everything you’ve accumulated with different eyes and decide, with greater awareness, what to do with it.

Some things might find their way back to their place, which is fine, but it won’t be the same as before because you’ve made space!

Most of the things, however, will leave your home, I’m sure of it.

Of course, you don’t have to throw everything away; what’s in good condition can be given away or sold.

Believe me: this work will create space in your home, sure, but also in your mind!

(credits: Pins studio; lillytaylorinteriors)

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If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Let’s start the new year by exploring together the 2024 home trends!

I want to remind you that these are suggestions and trends, and it’s not obligatory to follow everything, so only take what eventually resonates with you.


For years, completely white kitchens have been in vogue, primarily to evoke a greater sense of cleanliness and also for their undeniable brightness!

Now, the trend is not to completely abandon white but to opt for a warmer shade, a more “buttery” white.

That alone will make the kitchen less cold and, allow me, aseptic!

The addition of wood elements, unique materials for lamps, distinctive handles, and the introduction of plants and wicker will make the environment decidedly welcoming!

This approach to designing kitchens will allow for a timeless kitchen that will never become tiresome and can potentially evolve over time with small changes like handles or other decorative elements!

(credits:; jennymartindesign)


Among the neutral colors used in interiors, gray is one of the favorites because it is a versatile color actually.

However, this year’s trend will be to use grays with a warm undertone to create inviting and cozy spaces.

If you’re wondering what an undertone is, I’ve discussed it here when I talked about neutrals!

Cool grays, compared to warm ones, create colder and duller environments.

That can have an impact on mood, giving a sense of depression.

It’s true, though, that cool grays provide a feeling of freshness, so they don’t need to be wholly avoided.

The trick, as always, is to balance them with warm elements, such as wood!

I would only suggest avoiding dark, cool grays; opt for lighter ones, as they can be “warmed up” more easily!

(credits:; H&M home)


The two previous points lead us to bid farewell to classic minimalism with its austere forms and lines, pure white, and cool grays, ushering in a style that can be described as more livable and “sustainable”!

The trend is to embrace warm minimalism, Nordic style, or wabi-sabi.

They all share the foundation of “less is more,” but the aim is to make the spaces warmer and more inviting!

Moreover, there’s a focus on being more flexible, allowing individuals to bring their own personality and character into their homes!

It will always start with neutral colors and attention to functionality – typical of minimalism – but softened and made more welcoming.



Speaking of warm tones, a color that many believe is making a comeback is terracotta!

That applies both to tiles and as a general color scheme.

Indeed, it’s a warm and enveloping brown color that makes spaces decidedly inviting and relaxing.

While it might not be among the colors of the year proposed by major brands, if you look at the color palettes they suggest to pair with their choices, you’ll notice many hues leaning towards brown!

Terracotta color can vary in saturation or tend towards red and pairs easily with many others, such as blue or green!

(credits: Living with Lolo;


There has been a significant use of large tiles in recent years, even for wall coverings, to minimize the visibility of grout lines and create a more cohesive and uniform look.

Now, the focus has shifted towards zellige-style tiles, which are small, square, or rectangular tiles that appear handmade, as they are not “perfect.”

The edges are irregular, and there are variations in shade, even in solid-colored tiles.

They have a highly glossy glaze that reflects light beautifully.

And they are incredibly versatile.

Rectangular tiles, in particular, can be arranged in numerous patterns: vertical, horizontal, herringbone, and more.

Their irregularities are the distinctive features that make them special and create unique, timeless environments.

(credits: amyepeters; zweidesign)


In recent years, organic shapes have become highly trendy (and continue to be), and this trend has extended to rugs as well.

You’ll find many rugs with unique shapes that serve as decorative accents in various spaces.

They are undoubtedly distinctive and, at times, playful, often used in expansive areas.

However, be cautious of nearby elements; the risk of creating chaotic environments is around the corner!

For consistent and harmonious spaces, other elements should have similar characteristics.

They pair well with furniture, especially sofas and armchairs, featuring organic shapes!

However, their irregular shape might make it challenging to arrange furniture uniformly.

For this reason, if you like these rugs, I’d suggest using them in small doses, perhaps in an entryway or to create a unique reading/relaxation nook.



With increased attention to sustainability, there’s also been a growing focus on the materials used in homes, leading to a rise in utilizing used and vintage furniture.

That trend we’ll see quite a bit in 2024, as it allows individuals to step away from the market of mass-produced industrial furniture and acquire unique and original pieces.

(credits:; maisons du monde)


As mentioned earlier, there’s a greater emphasis on sustainability and nature.

We will witness increasingly sustainable homes with the use of natural materials, even in furniture and accessories.

That not only allows us to contribute positively to the environment but also to breathe “cleaner” air and let energy flow more freely in our spaces.

The growing desire for a connection with nature means we’re bringing more of it into our homes!

The inclusion of plants, water features, and fire elements, in addition to materials and curved shapes,  is an actual must.

And if you love a fireplace but don’t have one, I suggest looking at bioethanol fireplaces: they come in various sizes, from purely aesthetic to those capable of heating spaces!

(credits: Studio AG Arquitetura;

What do you think?

Is there any trend you like and plan to incorporate into your home?

Let me know in the comments!

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

And here it is, the Pantone Color of the Year 2024: Peach Fuzz (13-1023).

The Pantone Color Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary with a delicate and soft peach color this year.

“A velvety and gentle peach whose all-encompassing spirit enriches the mind, body, and heart”

is how the company describes this delicate and simultaneously fresh color.

It’s a color we can define as neutral and calming but full of positivity, definitely very different from last year’s vibrant Viva Magenta!

The Viva Magenta, in fact, was a cochineal red, intense, and meant to galvanize the spirit and build inner strength.

This color is enveloping, delicate, and radiant, aiming to help strengthen empathy and compassion in a indeed tumultuous period.

“PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz brings belonging, inspires recalibration, and an opportunity for nurturing, conjuring up an air of calm, offering us a space to be, feel, and heal and to flourish from whether spending time with others or taking the time to enjoy a moment by ourselves”

Those are Leatrice Eiseman’s words, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

How to use this color in your home?

As mentioned earlier, it’s a delicate color that allows you to incorporate it into any home, whatever the style!

You can confidently use it on the walls, keeping in mind that, being a warm color, it may visually shrink the space a bit.

You can use it indiscriminately in all rooms, creating warm and inviting environments!

(credits: Manoj Patel Design Studio; Spoonflower)

(credits: Stacy Zarin Goldberg; the nordroom)

Regarding the walls, you can also use this color with wallpaper.

It works well in not overly large furnishings, such as a pouf, an armchair, a bench, or chairs.

You can incorporate paintings and objects with this color without any problem.

Of course, fabrics like blankets, pillows, and rugs can feature this color!

(credits: Jotun; Fanci home)

(credits: ruggable; the nordroom)

If you’re looking for wallpaper, fabrics, or rugs in this color, you can check out Spoonflower or Ruggable, brands that Pantone has collaborated with for his color of the year 2024!

Peach Fuzz is a color that easily complements many colors, both warm and cool tones, and pairs well with wood!

Pantone offers us 5 color palettes that are not the easiest to use:


Consisting of a sophisticated mix with a sophisticated and elegant mood.

The colors create subtle and refined contrasts.

It’s a palette that blends well with various styles.

(credits: Pantone)


It’s an engaging palette but not the easiest to combine because there’s a risk of creating “harlequin” environments.

Especially the first two colors (Mango Mint and Party Punch), it’s preferable to use them in small doses as accent colors!

(credits: Pantone)


It’s a true dichotomy of various colors that can indeed be harmoniously combined, although appearing quite discordant.

They are intense colors, mostly dark, so be careful not to weigh down the environment!

(credits: Pantone)


It is a monochromatic palette that embraces various peach tones, from the lightest and delicate to the most saturated and vibrant.

This palette, as well, is not the easiest to use because there’s a risk of a decidedly Barbie effect!

If you love this palette, use the softer colors as a base (principally Pristine, Honey Peach, and Peach Puree) and incorporate the more saturated ones in small doses, in decor items, and, perhaps, in a few cushions.

(credits: Pantone)


This palette is composed of decidedly vibrant colors.

Excluding Peach Fuzz and Little Boy Blue, with which you can be a bit bolder, I would use the other colors sparingly.

(credits: Pantone)

Do you like this Pantone color of the year 2024? Will you use it? Let me know in the comments!

(credits: Pantone)

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Today, we return to the Design Elements column, discussing 5 historic and famous design chairs (you can find 10 more here!).


Designed by Michael Thonet (an Austro-Hungarian cabinetmaker) for the eponymous company in 1859, it is an undisputed icon in furniture history.

Since its inception, this chair has remained the most successful and widely produced globally.

It is the first seat made from steam-bent wood, with a seat woven in straw.

It is known as the Bistro chair because it appeared in bars and restaurants in Vienna.

Due to being one of the first industrial products, the chair was sold at significantly lower prices than handmade chairs.

Comprising only six pieces of wood assembled with ten screws and two nuts, it has an essential and light appearance, featuring a classic design that also complements modern styles.

The renowned architect Le Corbusier described the chair as “the best design product in history for its ability to integrate technique and style.”

This chair is displayed as a work of art in many museums, such as the MoMA in New York and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.

(credit: Thonet; @emmamelins)

2 – WASSILY CHAIR (formerly B3)

Designed by Marcel Breuer (Hungarian architect and designer, a prominent figure at Bauhaus) in 1925 and produced by his own company, Standard-Mobel Lengyel, in Berlin; then, the company was later absorbed by Thonet in 1929.

The chair gained recognition and mass production in the 1960s when Dino Gavina met Breuer and suggested reimagining the chair for his eponymous company (which was later bought by Knoll in 1968).

The name of the chair was also Gavina’s idea: Wassily, in honor of Wassily Kandinsky, a friend of Breuer and a great enthusiast of the chair.

It appears that Breuer drew inspiration from his Adler bicycle in using steel tubing to design and construct this chair.

That turned out to be a brilliant idea because steel tubing was readily available in large quantities, effectively initiating the production of steel tubular furniture.

Breuer employed the techniques of local plumbers to bring the chair to life.

The seat, backrest, and armrest are bands of eidengarn fabric: cotton treated with wax and paraffin, calendered by passing it between two rollers!

That is an innovation, a new material created in the furniture workshops of the Bauhaus, where Breuer served as the director.

Initially, the chair featured steel and black textiles, and later, to “soften” it, a version with cream-colored ones was introduced.

It is also available in red and other softer colors.

In 2019, for the centenary of the Bauhaus’s founding, a limited edition was crafted with black tubing: 500 units were produced, each bearing the Knoll seal, Breuer’s signature, and a unique serial number on the base.

(credits: Bauhaus; Knoll)

3 – CESCA CHAIR (Formerly B32)

Designed, like the previous one, by Marcel Lajos Breuer in 1928 and currently produced by Knoll, the Cesca chair draws inspiration from two historical seats: the MR10 by Van der Rohe and the Thonet 214.

It features a steel structure (similar to the Wassily) quite akin to Van der Rohe’s design, though more angular, while its seat and backrest are made of wood and Vienna straw, reminiscent of the Thonet 214.

Being a cantilever chair, it deviates from the traditional four-legged design, relying on a single tubular structure for support.

The combination of structural innovation and classic seat and backrest materials gives the chair a contemporary and versatile appeal, making it suitable for integration into various styles.

The carefully composed structure makes the frame visually lightweight yet remarkably durable and flexible.

It’s a very comfortable chair, available with or without armrests and with upholstered seats (and optionally backrests) for added comfort.

Interesting fact: given the resemblance to Mies Van Der Rohe’s chair, Breuer faced quite a few legal issues, to the extent that he couldn’t claim ownership of this chair and had to stop designing with tubular steel.

Despite everything, his name remained associated with the chair in various industry magazines.

In the 1960s, when the Gavina company acquired the design rights, Breuer was once again credited as the designer, and the chair’s name changed from B32 to Cesca after Breuer’s daughter, Francesca.

The Cesca chair remains one of the most imitated and best-selling chairs in the world.



Designed by Philippe Starck (French architect and designer) in 2002 for Kartell, the Louis Ghost Chair playfully nods to Louis XV-style armchairs and is crafted from polycarbonate.

Classic-baroque in style but modern in materials and production techniques, it took two years to perfect the injection molding process, ensuring the chair could be produced in a single mold without any joints or attachments.

This process, today, has been further refined, with a significant portion of the polycarbonate sourced from industrial waste from cellulose and paper production.

That reduces carbon dioxide emissions, resulting in a 60% reduction in environmental impact.

Due to its transparency, the chair is suitable for any setting and looks perfect even around an antique wooden table.

Undoubtedly one of Kartell’s best sellers, it holds the title of the world’s best-selling chair, despite not being the first transparent chair by the brand, which is the Marie.

In addition to the pure transparent version (crystal), you can also find the Louis Ghost Chair in other delicate colors, always maintaining its transparency, as well as in white or black.

You can also find original transformations, such as Teddie bear, Barbie-themed, with wings, illuminated, and more.

You can find it virtually everywhere, from restaurants to theaters, in numerous homes, and even on television.

Surprisingly, it has made appearances in religious ceremonies as well. In 2007, during an outdoor celebration with Pope Benedict XVI, we saw religious figures seated beside him on Louis Ghost chairs.

Even Queen Elizabeth II sat on a Louis Ghost Chair in 2018, sitting next to Anna Wintour while attending Richard Queen’s fashion show.

(credits: H2 Design and Build; Teresa Sapey)


Designed by Philippe Starck in 2010 and Eugeni Quitllet (Spanish designer) again for Kartell.

The Masters’ Chair features a distinctive backrest that, at first glance, appears to be an aesthetically pleasing weave.

However, it is, in fact, a tribute to three iconic chairs: the Series 7 by Arne Jacobsen, the Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen, and the Eiffel Chair by Charles Eames.

The profiles of the backrests of these chairs are overlaid and intertwined, creating a chair that, in itself, becomes an icon.

The chair is made from polypropylene, a material similar to expanded polystyrene, known for its high mechanical elasticity and durability.

It is lightweight, comfortable, stackable, and available in many colors, including metallic finishes.

These features make it highly versatile, and it earned the Good Design Award in 2010 from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

The Masters’ Chair also exists in a tall stool version suitable for kitchen islands, peninsulas, and bar counters.

(credits: Kartell; Lauren Nelson Design)

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Combining multiple styles at home is becoming increasingly common, but it’s not always easy.

A less-than-harmonious result is just around the corner if you’re not careful.

In the times of our grandparents, there wasn’t much choice, and homes were more or less furnished in the same style.

Nowadays, things are very different, and there are numerous possible home styles (here, I’m talking about the main ones!), making the choice not always straightforward.

And if selecting a single style is challenging when you’re alone, it becomes even more evident when sharing your home with your partner!

It’s unlikely that you both have the same tastes, yet the home should represent both.

The only way is to combine multiple styles but to achieve a harmonious and cohesive result, it’s essential to follow some precautions.


The first thing to do is individually identify your own style and, from that, understand what you like the most, such as the color palette or typical shapes of that design.

Having clear ideas will make it easier to combine the styles.

Otherwise, the risk is buying things that, when put together, don’t work well and aren’t liked by either of you!

(credits: myshambar; meka)

2 – USE THE 80/20 RULE

The 80/20 rule suggests choosing a primary style, perhaps for hugger furniture and major decor elements, and a secondary one to complement it.

Having a dominant style allows you to create a cohesive and harmonious environment, while the secondary one adds a bit of rhythm and visual interest.

The key is to avoid competition between the two styles!

For example, you could have a predominantly modern/contemporary setting with some elements showcasing a classic taste, like a table or a sideboard!

(credits: Atelier HR; yoon-molduras)


Use the secondary style as a focal point!

Sometimes, a single detail in a different style can transform an environment, giving it a unique character.

It can become the focal point, drawing the eye!

Imagine, in a predominantly modern/contemporary space, having a large mirror or a magnificent antique chandelier, etc.

Creating a focal point this way helps create emphasis, a fundamental interior design principle!

Look for elements that characterize the secondary style to create balanced and impressive spaces.

(credits: Elizabeth Roberts Architecture;


You might also consider keeping the hugger furniture and accessories as neutral as possible.

Opt for linear, simple, and clean elements capable of adapting to almost any style.

Then, add character with decorations and slighter elements.

This approach is fantastic if either or both of you enjoy changing things up frequently!

Buying new furniture can be relatively expensive while changing decorations is more budget-friendly.

(credits:; Getty Images)


Color has the power to unify!

Having a consistent color palette will undoubtedly make it easier to combine two different styles and create a harmonious and cohesive environment.

Like the previous point, you might consider keeping walls more neutral (except for a possible focal point) and hugger furniture while using color in decorations and slighter elements.

Once again, it’s a way to facilitate changes without breaking the bank every time!

(credits: Orange I5;


Search for as many common elements as possible between the styles!

In addition to color, it could be shapes, textures, or the use of metals or wood as well.

If you’re dealing with different metals or woods, pay attention to how you mix them—I suggest watching the videos where I discuss this (here metals and here wood)!

Common elements will serve as a guiding thread, tying together diverse elements cohesively and harmoniously.

(credits: Montse Morales; Zoco Home)


Combining multiple styles throughout the house might be intimidating, and there could be a fear of an unpleasant result.

My advice is to start in small doses, creating small vignettes or compositions for the coffee table or console!

That will help you build confidence, see the results, and eventually adjust things without breaking the bank.

You’ll find it much easier if you’ve furnished it linearly and neutrally, as explained in point three.

You can always add more significant pieces once you understand what you both like!



Balance is always the key to having beautiful and harmonious spaces. Make sure that the styles are well distributed in the room and not concentrated in one single area.

Ensure the two styles blend together throughout to create a sense of rhythm.

Proper distribution will balance the different visual weights that inevitably come with the two styles, creating harmony and equilibrium.

(credits: Maisons du monde; the-designory)


Following the previous points will help you create environments that represent both of you!

However, it’s also fair for each of you to have a small corner all to themselves!

If you have a small study, that could be it, or a corner of the bedroom.

Alternatively, for example, if you have two bathrooms, each person could have their own, furnished and decorated ONLY with their style!

(credits:; behomecasa)

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The end of the year is approaching, and often, with the arrival of the new one, we have a desire for changes in the house: so here are 7 tips to renovate your home!


Well, I understand it might not be the most exciting piece of advice, but tidying up is truly the first step in renewing your home!

By order, I don’t just mean what’s visible to everyone, which you probably don’t need, but really getting to the bottom of things by rummaging through your closets and drawers!

I’m sure you’ll find many items you no longer use for various reasons; it’s time to let go of them!

Go room by room, start with the visible elements, and then look into all the furniture.

Anything that no longer represents you, that you no longer like, pull it out and set it aside.

There might be things you don’t use but have sentimental value; create a special box for those items and keep them all together.

For everything else, you can throw it away if it’s no longer usable or take it to a thrift store!

You’ll breathe new life into these items, making someone else happy and creating space and organization!

Getting rid of what you no longer need brings in “fresh” new energy to your home!



I’ve mentioned this several times before, but sometimes we don’t realize there are different ways to arrange furniture, and some might even be more functional!

Try making some changes; in the worst case, you can always replace everything as it was!

While this may not always be feasible for furniture, it’s undoubtedly doable for accessories and objects!

Empty your bookshelves, clear off coffee tables and consoles, and then try creating different compositions by mixing objects from various rooms.

Sometimes, even small changes can entirely change the look of a room!

Before doing this, I recommend taking a few photos of the current arrangements – you never know, it might be easier to put everything back as it was if you’re not satisfied with any of the new setups!

(credits: viverelostile)


While getting things in order and rearranging furniture and accessories, also take a look at the artwork you’ve hung on your walls.

Do they still represent you? Do they fit well with any new furniture and accessory arrangements?

If you’ve made changes or additions over the years, is everything still harmonious?

It might be a good idea to consider changing some frames or, conversely, some prints.

Maybe having fewer pieces is better, or perhaps something is missing!

In short, try to look at it all with a critical eye, not just with your heart!

Moving and changing this decoration is undoubtedly an excellent way to renew your home!



I’ve talked about it in the context of decorating your home in autumn and spring: change your home textiles.

First and foremost, the covers of decorative sofa and bed pillows: it’s quick to do, generally not too expensive, and the replacements don’t take up much space in your closets or drawers!

In the bedroom, you could change the bedspread or at least the one or more decorative blankets you might have at the foot of the bed.

In addition to decorative pillows, you might consider changing the sofa covers and any decorative throws in the living room.

You could even think about changing the curtains, especially if you have double curtains and one of them is colorful!

Changing the colors, textures, and patterns of various textiles will completely transform the look of your home!

(credits:; © Emery Bastable)


Giving your walls a fresh coat of paint is another way to renew your home!

It’s immediate and has a tremendous impact!

Of course, you don’t have to paint all the walls if you don’t want to; just one accent wall can suffice and become the focal point.

You can use the color-blocking technique to emphasize an area (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can find the video here).

(credits: Design Studio; @thuisbijmij)

If you already have colored walls, you might think about changing the color of one or more of them to create a subtle contrast.

Doing this is easy and not too costly, but it will make a significant difference.

What if you don’t like colors?

Well, you can change the white!!!

Yes, because, as I explained some time ago, it’s easy to say white!

In addition to pure white, there are at least 150 shades of white, and believe me, they can make a big difference in renewing your spaces!



Often, people focus on the aesthetics of a home, then its functionality, and pay a bit less attention to the atmosphere!

I believe that functionality and atmosphere should be the first two things to consider.

And how do you create the atmosphere?


One thing that often isn’t given much thought is that scents have an incredible impact on us.

Let me give you a simple example: how do you feel when you walk into a bakery with the delightful scent of freshly baked bread or into a coffee shop with the aroma of excellent coffee?

Think about all the times, even in a hurry, you’ve been captivated by a scent emanating from a store or restaurant and closed your eyes to savor it.

On the contrary, I’m sure that if you’ve been somewhere, even if it’s a beautiful place, with unpleasant odors, you’ve thought twice about returning!

Scents we enjoy help us feel good and relax.

Use diffusers and candles around the house, and you’ll see the difference it makes!

(credits:; Maisons du monde)


Music also has a tremendous power to make us feel good in an environment!

No matter what activity you’re engaged in, having some background music can undoubtedly be very helpful.

Create playlists to use according to the moment; it could be classical or calming music if you need to relax or focus, or it could be something a bit livelier if you need a boost of energy!

Use it even when you have guests; they’ll appreciate it!

(credits: evanto)


We’ve talked it many times before: light can drastically alter the perception of spaces!

Warm lighting creates a calm and relaxing atmosphere, while colder lighting is less inviting.

It’s ideal to have multiple light sources in every room!

The general light can have a neutral, natural color temperature (around 4000K), while the others should all be warmer (more or less 3000K or lower).

A fantastic idea would be to have all dimmable lights, which means lights that you can adjust in terms of intensity and maybe even color temperature, allowing you to manage everything according to your needs!

(credits: lovisabarkman;

These three elements are not set in stone (not even the lighting if you make it dimmable and can change the color temperature as desired), and this helps you change the atmosphere whenever you want!


Another suggestion for renewing your home is to change the handles!

You can replace the ones on your doors, windows, and even the handles on various pieces of furniture.

Handles for furniture, in particular, are often available at affordable prices!

Handles are small but significant details that can make a huge difference and completely transform the look of your home!


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Today, I’d like to talk about the living room and discuss 6 common mistakes we could probably make, how to avoid them, and how to fix them to create a beautiful, inviting, and comfortable space.

The living room is where we go when we want to unwind, read a good book, watch TV, or enjoy the company of friends and family.

It’s crucial, therefore, that it’s inviting and comfortable so we can release the accumulated stress and relax!

Some mistakes can significantly impact our spaces, making them appear somewhat dull.

Let’s see what they are and how to fix them!


As mentioned earlier, the space must be inviting and comfortable.

In other words, as soon as you step through the door of that room, you should feel like leaving all your worries behind!

To achieve this, the arrangement of the furniture is crucial.

You should arrange everything to support all the activities you want to do in that room: conversation, reading, watching TV…

As mentioned before, it’s paramount to identify the main activity and arrange everything else around it!

Pay attention to the distances!

To place everything against the walls, creating excessive distances between one element and another, is a most common mistake.

The elements shouldn’t appear isolated but feel like they belong together to make the space cohesive and inviting.

That’s why using a rug to tie the furniture and accessories together is paramount.

If the living room is large, create multiple areas, perhaps one for the TV and another for conversation.

If the space is small, try to arrange the elements uniformly and cohesively again to facilitate potential conversation, even if the primary function is watching TV!



The choice of sofas and seating will make a big difference, both in terms of shapes and materials!

You need to be mindful not only of the aesthetic aspect but also of comfort and materials that are easy to clean!

When it comes to comfort, be careful not to go overboard.

If the seats are so reclined that you’re almost lying down, it doesn’t favor conversation when you have guests over!

As for materials, they should be easy to clean to avoid having to use unattractive sofa covers.

To make the living room even more inviting, remember to add some cushions, which not only serve as decor but can also be functional by providing additional back support if needed.

Also, put on a few blankets to make everything softer and cozier.

Of course, avoid using wool in the summer, but a colorful cotton or linen blanket has its charm even in the warmer months!

(credits: Margaret Boatner;


In recent years, large televisions hung on the wall have become common.

It’s essential to pay close attention to the distances and the TV’s height to maintain proper comfort.

Depending on the distance between the sofa and the TV’s position, you can determine the appropriate size for it.

That is necessary to prevent eye strain, which is already prevalent caused by computer and mobile phone usage.

Another thing to keep in mind is the height at which the TV is hung, with its center ideally at eye level.

That helps prevent you from getting a crick in your neck every time you watch TV!

Television is an element that most of us have, and especially if it’s large, it could somewhat impact the living room’s design.

There are ways, if desired, to hide it or make it less impactful, which I’ve discussed here!

(credits:; @rcpa)


Often, people have a central coffee table and sometimes a side table near the sofa, where you might place a table lamp.

Each seating area must have a surface nearby to set down a book, a glass, a plate, etc.

Coffee tables, especially the central one, are also the right place to create some compositions that can enhance the perception of space.

In smaller spaces, they could even be storage elements to help maintain order.

As for the coffee table, it doesn’t necessarily have to be one large piece; it could also be a composition of several tables of different sizes and heights.

That would allow you to move them quickly, as needed, and add some rhythm, which is always a good thing!

Coffee tables don’t have to be all of the same shape or material.

On the contrary, a bit of variation will make the space more attractive. Ensure, however, that the various tables have elements in common with other furniture or objects in the room.

(credits:; Rafael Soldi)


I touch on this point frequently because it’s genuinely crucial.

It is not enough to have a single overhead light source, even if adequate, for visual comfort.

One reason is that it could cast annoying shadows.

It’s paramount to have multiple light sources, perhaps with different color temperatures.

Using bulbs with a natural color temperature (around 4000° Kelvin) could be an excellent idea for general lighting.

For other lights, bulbs should be warm (around 2700° Kelvin).

That helps create a more relaxing and inviting atmosphere.



Pay attention to the measurements of furniture and accessories.

Scale is the size of an element concerning the room, while proportion is the size of an item concerning another.

It’s paramount to play with the scale and proportions of various elements to create visual interest in the environment.

The environment would appear a bit flat if you placed everything on the same plane.

Balance and vary the heights, using plants, artwork, or perhaps a large floor mirror to assist you.

All of this creates movement and visual interest, precisely.



As for proportions, this mainly concerns the coffee table related to the sofa, the rug to the conversation area, and even the hung artwork!

A coffee table that’s too small compared to the sofa may appear as if it’s placed there somewhat by mistake.

The rule suggests that it should be 2/3 the size of the sofa, but as mentioned before, it doesn’t have to be a single table; it could be a composition of multiple tables!


Regarding the rug, you’ve heard me say it multiple times: it should accommodate all the elements to bring them together in a unified area. If it’s smaller, it would create barriers and make the room look smaller.

The same applies to artwork and wall decorations.

If they are too small, they will get lost, while too large, they risk overwhelming the space.

As for wall decorations, pay attention to heights; the center of the picture or composition should be at eye level.

(credits:; Meridiani living)

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Open space is a concept that you often see in modern homes.

Some time ago, I talked about how to divide an open space kitchen and living room.

Today, I want to give you some tips to make your open space beautiful and functional.


It’s essential to understand how you want to use the available space to figure out how to furnish it.

Generally, in an open space, there are three areas:

– Kitchen

– Dining area

– Living room

To make the open space functional, you need to determine how you use these three spaces:

Do you have many guests for lunch or dinner? In this case, you’ll need an appropriate dining table and prioritize that area.

How do you use the living area?

Do you want to have a kitchen island?

The answers to these questions will determine the layout of the various elements.

The same room can be furnished in different ways.

For instance, if you often have guests and enjoy conversations with them, it might be ideal to position the elements so that the three areas communicate with each other, making it easy to move from one place to another.

On the other hand, you might want to keep the zones well-separated by using the back of the sofa as a divider if you enjoy using the living area for watching television!

It will also be vital to keep in mind the size and shape of the room to buy furniture and elements that are proportionate and scale-appropriate for the available space.

In small spaces, you’ll need to give greater importance to the area you use the most to ensure that the rooms are truly functional.

When you have ample space, it’s still important to consider the space as a whole, even when divided into areas.

In this case, it’s also paramount to avoid placing furniture against the walls but create central areas to make the transitions flow smoothly.

Studying the shape, dimensions, and how you use the room will help you understand how much furniture to buy and how to position it so that the space represents you and is functional for your needs!

(credits: missjessicanicoleblog; dizain-krasivo)


In an open space, it’s important for each area to “communicate” with one another!

Style, colors, and shapes should be visually similar to create harmony.

If you have a very modern and minimalist kitchen but a rustic-style living room, the contrast will be strong and visually divide the two areas!

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t mix styles; rather, the mix should be present in all areas!

If you want to create some division between the different areas, you can use furniture or other elements, as explained here, but it’s better to maintain a consistency of style!

(credits: Erin Vogelpohl; Kennedy Cole Interior Design)


It’s paramount to have a cohesive color palette and, as with style, use it in all three areas of the open space.

To create a sense of unity, use a neutral color on all the walls and incorporate colors into furniture and accessories (two or three, but not more, I recommend) to add some movement and character to the open space.

On the other hand, if you want to divide the different areas optically, you can change the wall colors, but the important thing is to keep the color palette the same throughout all the open space.

That way, you’ll create a virtual division while maintaining harmony!

(credits:; @egilfarstad)


Ensure that the different zones communicate with each other by seeking connecting elements.

As mentioned before, definitely utilize the same style or a mix of styles and distribute the color palette skillfully throughout all the spaces.

You can also use shapes and materials!

For instance, you could use the same metal for the legs of the coffee table in the living room, a candle holder on the dining table, and as handles for the kitchen cabinets!

Doing this creates a certain rhythm, which is one of the fundamentals of interior design (discover the others here!).

Repetitions of colors, materials, patterns, and textures tie the spaces together, providing harmony and unity that are never boring!

(credits: @ed__interiordesign;


The discussion about flooring is somewhat similar to that of colors:

– if you want to maintain space homogeneity, it’s good to use the same flooring throughout;

– if you want to create a sense of division, especially for the kitchen, you can change the flooring, of course, but try to incorporate the same color or pattern in the other areas!

However, if the space is small, the advice is to keep the same flooring, or at least the same color, to avoid a sharp interruption.

In small spaces, sharp interruptions can visually shrink the rooms even further!

(credits:; Habitat Sintoni)


It’s paramount to define the various areas very clearly!

Saying this may seem contradictory to what I mentioned earlier, but even while maintaining style and color consistency, it’s good to define the different zones.

You can divide the areas by positioning the furniture in a certain way, such as placing the sofa with its back to the kitchen/dining area. Alternatively, you could use rugs!

Rugs are fantastic because they not only help define spaces but also add warmth and texture!

If you use more than one rug, for example, one in the living area and another under the dining table, make sure they have something in common.

It could be the same pattern but with different tones (in line with the color palette), or vice versa, the same shades but different patterns!

They can also share the same colors and patterns but differ in shape, such as having a round rug under the table!

When it comes to rugs, pay attention to the dimensions!

As you know by now, it should accommodate all the elements or at least the front feet for the living area, while, for the dining area, you should also consider the space needed to move the chair when sitting down!


Another way to define the areas could be to use dropped ceilings to lower one of the zones!

That is a great idea and can be actually effective in visually separating different areas of an open space.

By creating a lower ceiling in one specific area, you can clearly demarcate the boundaries between the spaces while maintaining a cohesive overall design.

It’s an architectural approach that adds an interesting dimension to the interior design of the open space.



Maintain a certain uniformity for the general lighting using the same color temperature, preferably a natural one (around 4000 kelvin).

Then, add table lamps or floor lamps in the living area with a warmer color temperature, which will also promote relaxation.

Place a light above the dining table and, if present, over the kitchen island.

Having various points of light will not only provide adequate illumination but also highlight each area correctly!

The lamps should ideally have some common elements, either in terms of shape or color, to maintain consistency in the overall design!

(credits:; Studio McGee)


In an open space, it’s essential to have the same window treatments!

That doesn’t necessarily mean having the same curtains on all windows because, for example, draped curtains might be impractical in the kitchen but perfect for the living room!

In using different types of curtains, however, make sure that they are perhaps of the same material and color so that here, as well, there is a common thread!

It’s also essential to hang the curtain rod at the same height, even if you have windows of different sizes.

That helps maintain some visual order and makes everything look more cohesive.


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If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!