Niraj Johri, Founder, Casa Decor

House interior design is an ever evolving and ever changing process. Interior design styles are usually categorized into traditional or classic which usually include heavier style furniture or patterns that are slightly more detailed. In comparison to those modern interior decorations comprises of cleaner, simpler lines and an uncluttered look. Modern interior design and contemporary interior design are very often used and interchangeable terms but while both these forms have similarities they are different from each other. They are similar in the sense that they both denote clean looks and a mix of natural and industrial materials but the difference is in the fact that modern interior design refers to a an entire genre in interior design and contemporary refers more to what the current trend is. When exploring the question of what takes preference in contemporary interior designing- form or function - it would not be incorrect to say that form usually follows function. Contemporary house interior design usually goes by the ideology of creating great functionality that offers ease of use and solves space problems around a form that is clean and pleasing to the eye. This is precisely the reason why contemporary interior decorations incorporate design and functionality that keeps in mind the ever-shrinking size of homes over the years. Function is the key because simpler designs with intuitive features are easier to use and look great too.

Furniture designer Charles Eames once said, “Design is an expression of the purpose, and it may (if it is good enough) later be judged as art; design depends largely on constraints and it is a method of action (there are always constraints and these usually include ethic).”

The main distinction is that design must have a purpose. Art can have no other reason for existing other than to be to viewed or otherwise experienced. However, design requires a function. If the design is visually striking, then it may also be considered art. 

Everyone has, at one point or another, found themselves carrying something around the store that they love, but don’t necessarily need. It’s a part of human nature to be drawn towards beautiful things—even if they aren’t exactly the right choice at the moment.

This same theory weaves seamlessly into interior design. You could go through a store and pick up every single stunning accent piece you see, but when you put them all together in a room without a couch or table or any other important or necessary item—they become clutter that generally serves no purpose at all. For this reason, it’s best to keep in mind that form should follow function when it comes to interior design. You don’t want to fall into the trap of creating spaces full of unimportant items just because they shine. Instead, you want to aim to create a space that is equally efficient and appealing.

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Here are the specifics on how to design a room where form follows function: There is no logical way to design space until you determine what the primary function of that space will be. This means that it’s absolutely essential to plan for people and purpose before you even begin to think about color schemes or trim. While all of those details are extremely fun to participate in and even more exciting to put together, without understanding what a room will be used for, there’s no way to add the right accent pieces. The beauty of the interior design is that it’s never a permanent move. Interior design schemes can be regularly changed up and for this reason; function within any space has to be a primary concern. Function, on the other hand, is much harder to change once it did think about trying to move permanent wall structures because you discovered your lifestyle functions better in an open space rather than the initial walled-in layout that you thought you wanted. One should always stick to function first and will have a solid floor plan to work from and change up at will. This same rule applies to exterior design lessons as well.

About Author

Niraj Johri is the Founder of Casa Décor – a home decorative hardware and accessories company that offers a range of luxurious furniture, Christmas décor, Kitchen and Garden, and Metal Figurines. Mr Johri started the company in 2008 after successfully graduating from the University of Greenwich. Inspired by the huge market opportunity in exporting artisanal hardware and accessories for the home furnishing industry, he was instrumental in diversifying the market presence of Casa Décor across the Americas and Europe.

Today, with over a decade of rich experience in the industry, Casa Décor, under his guidance, has now expanded its distribution, social development contribution, digital footprint and won various industry awards. The company will continue to leverage his knowledge base, personal and brand equity, and distribution reach under his stewardship to launch its retail presence which it hopes to unveil soon.

Further, he is also a key proponent of driving sustainable and profitable growth at Casa Décor. By developing innovative products that address the unique and ever evolving needs of the customers in India and across the globe, Mr Johri and his in-house team of designers constantly bring better products to the market that change as the industry evolves. Clearly, his comprehensive industry knowledge and in-depth understanding of the home furnishing industry allows Casa Décor to bring innovative ideas to fruition through their products.

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