Designing Interior space into balanced elements of color, texture, light, sound, materials and furnishings must also include clear understandings about the end use of the space. (Sound a little “DUH?”) Well, of course it is obvious if the use is straightforward, such as “workstations” or “kitchen,” etc. Not so, for odd, small, or areas with other serious limitations. Converting places like that from dead space to useful solutions can be a surprising relief.
Take a look around your residence or business Interior. Most have dead zone areas that become the: “Oh, just put that in there – we’ll get to it later!” dump site. Yet, elsewhere in the overall environment, occupants (businesses or families) are space hungry and probably “making do” for receptions, meetings and other activities that come up, are necessary, but have no legitimate place to happen in the Interior environment.
In other articles we have discussed making better use of the neglected space in hallways, attics and such – those spaces that have intended purposes, yet are wasted with clutter or unidentified, unremembered “storage.” This challenge is different – it’s about space that’s right there in the mainstream of an Interior environment, but difficult to use for any one of various reasons.
The space in the photograph that accompanies this article had potential, but was just narrow enough to be a tricky fit. We began our search for solutions by re-assessing the functional needs of the business client. They needed a place for very formal entertaining, but were stuck in the assumption that only vast open areas work for banquet seating! Not only did the space eventually meet the need, it became a conversation piece for its untraditional presentation, and its past use history!
Not everyone can visualize an end configuration before it is an actual installation! For that and other reasons, don’t write off odd spots as wasted, useless areas without getting some professional input! There usually are solutions.
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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Collaboration & Writing: Ms. Zoe Tummillo