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October 22, 2010

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Filed under: Proportion — Tags: , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 8:05 pm

This week I am going to talk about proportion, sparked by a current problem I am having with one of my clients. When most people think of their bedroom and the furniture that they want to put in it, they often choose their bed first and then accessories pieces to go along with it, like night tables and other seating. However, it is always important to think functionally and about the type of lifestyle your clients are living. For example, what type what mattress do you have or intend to buy? As I found, the part of the bed that you never see can dictate the entire design aesthetic behind your bedroom.

Let me explain: I purchased a gorgeous bed and two night tables for my client in her master bedroom. The night tables are 28″ to match the height of the bed with the mattress that was intended to be the standard height of 28″ as well. However, when my client when to buy a mattress, she went with a luxury over sized mattress that is very popular right now. The ending result was a 32″ bed for a woman that is 5’2″ and night tables that are 4″ too short. The couple is practically falling out bed trying to shut off their alarm clocks.

This kind of thing happens all too often, a designer can design the most gorgeous space but at the end of the day, if it does not meet the clients’ lifestyle then it cannot be successful. Night stands and bed heights need to go hand and hand so that a person can be comfortable in their nightly rituals. The same kind of problems arise when people want modern platform beds that are very low to the ground. Here are some examples of varying ways that I have worked around clients’ lifestyles to give then functional yet beautiful design.

Don’t forget – proportion does not just apply to the bedroom. Think about it when you are putting a side table next to your sofa or a cocktail table in your lounge. Have a great weekend!

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