Candy colours and wavy lines are unsuitable for bedrooms.
WHEN IT COMES TO DESIGN, there needs to be a balance between what looks cool and what makes sense. Many designers tend to lose perspective of this and tend to design without any consideration to the requirements of the client, instead, opting for the ‘coolest’ design. But it is just as important to note that what may look cool to one person may not necessarily appeal to another person, while a practical solution to a space will appeal to everyone. The first step in juggling this balancing
act is to know your audience. Understand what your client wants and try to find a solution that works for them. And there is no more personal space in the house than the bedroom, because this is where one has to literally ‘live in’ every day.
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Tip 1 - Avoid Shocking Colours Identify colours and tones that are suitable to the room use, and colour ranges that are acceptable to the user. One of the biggest mistakes is to select a colour scheme that may create the ‘shock effect’ by giving the sense of a sudden surprise, but then renders the space unlivable. Take for example this room where the colour pink has been over-used. Our initial reaction would be the overwhelming effect of the colours. While “cool” in the beginning, this singular colour effect will ultimately dominate the room, making it difficult to accept and to live in on a daily basis. Once the personal paraphernalia goes in, the pinkness stops looking so Barbie-perfect and starts to have a gagging effect. Similarly, another design element to highlight in this example is to avoid the use of wavy lines in the bedroom as these distract from any perceivable line of sight, causing a loss of balance. From a feng shui perspective, wavy lines also symbolize the element of water, which is not suitable for use in bedrooms.