The meeting of form and function has always been a key focus of Kalka. Alongside aesthetic, quality and comfort, we believe that good architectural design maximises space in a way that is practical and conducive to everyday living. In this blog, we offer some expert tips on how to master the art of space throughout your home.
Planning is key.
Before you undertake any work or make any big changes to your home, it’s important to do some planning and develop a brief for any work to be undertaken. This means considering factors, such as:
- Your desired use for the space.
- Your budget.
- Your likes and dislikes.
- The space’s attributes and restrictions.
- You and/or your family’s lifestyle and how you use the space.
After these details have been discussed, a brief can be put together and used as a reference for the work. This will ensure that the final space is functional and designed to suit your lifestyle and needs.
Keep it light.
It’s with good reason that all Kalka homes are painted in white tones. Why, you ask? Because using light tones over darker tones creates a canvas that feels more open and spacious. Choose a light colour palette for walls, ceilings and floors and you’ll be rewarded with a home that looks and feels bigger and brighter.
Get clever in the kitchen.
A few well considered decisions can create some much-needed space to a well-designed kitchen, for example, where you place your kitchen sink – in the island, or on the back wall? Keeping your island free of a sink or an appliance can help to create a clean line and more open space – especially for a more compact kitchen layout. The inclusion of a well-designed walk in pantry can hide everyday appliances such as your toaster and kettle, along with adding more storage both food and general kitchenware.
Maximise natural light.
Utilising the natural light in your home is something we at Kalka believe is particularly important to capturing the essence of Queensland living. It can also create a feeling of space, warmth and harmony. This can be achieved through design elements such as large windows, which help to bring more light into a room; strategically placed mirrors that reflect light and create the illusion of more room; and simple things like removing heavy furniture or bulky curtains away from areas that bring in light.
Bathroom design: floor to ceiling
We love to include floor to ceiling tiling in our Kalka homes. This technique creates consistent lines which blur the line between floor and wall, making the overall space feel much bigger. Wall hung vanities are also a great way to reclaim floor space, especially in a smaller bathroom. In a family bathroom, a defined wet room is also worth considering rather than a separate shower and bath.
Mastering efficient spatial design in your home means bringing together the use of colour, materials and aesthetics with function, liveability and practicality.