Everyone is different; we have different likes and dislikes, different tastes in food, clothing, cars, hairstyles, political views and, of course, the space in which we live – our home.
Some of these things are ingrained into our very being and will probably seldom, if ever, change. Some of our tastes, on the other hand, tend to alter as we grow older or as we adapt to changes in our circumstances.
The way in which we style our living space to suit our needs does, of course, depend on the amount of space available and the number of people we need to accommodate. There’s no point in buying a two-seater sofa when you have four people living in the property and a dining table that can accommodate everyone for a family lunch is, of course, pretty much essential.
Given that the above considerations need to be thought about when planning your interior living space, they are by no means the only things to think about. Of course we need to meet the functional requirements of our day-to-day living but there’s no reason why we can’t do it in some considerable style.
As long as we meet the above functional needs then we can turn our attention to adding another dimension to our home and its contents, the dimension of elegance which will serve to set us apart from the crowd and emphasise our individuality when it comes to designing the space that we live in.
One of the best ways to add a little individuality to your home is to do what the professional interior designers do; look for furnishings and accessories that are designed by independent designers and which are produced in relatively small numbers.
Designer furniture, as it is known, does not usually have any of the constraints that are in evidence when furniture is produced to meet a certain price point. Budget furniture can still look good, of course, but it is likely to be widely available and produced in large quantities.
The more adventurous and stylish designs cost more to make as they tend to use better quality materials and require higher skill levels on the part of those doing the work. Those costs are, of course, passed on to the customer but, in return, he or she will own a piece of furniture that, whilst not unique, will almost certainly be a talking point when friends and family come to call.
When choosing designer furniture it is advisable to visit the showrooms of furniture suppliers who specialise in supplying the trade. These are the specialists who can advise as to which designer can offer the particular features that you are looking for and, what’s more, they will usually be able to show you examples of the work those designers produce.
Most furniture obtained via this route will be custom made to order and will incorporate the particular colours and finishes that you specify.
It may take a little longer than buying from a mass retailer and will certainly come at a higher cost, but the payoff is that designer furniture really can add an extra dimension of elegance to your home.