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A Beautiful Apartment with Space to Work from Home

More and more jobs are allowing people to work from home. Having the flexibility to work from home has shown to increase worker productivity as well as happiness. While it used to be only a certain type of executive that would deign to have a home office, today it’s virtually a necessity. In this home, a 250 square meter (2690 square feet) apartment in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from visualizers at Design ATO Studio, the home office works seamlessly with the rest of the modern design while still offering plenty of space for a comfortable day of work. Of course, the rest of the apartment is also beautiful, using clean lines and calming, modern colors throughout.

The open living room features both a spacious, white modern sofa and a unique coffee table.

With the white palette and large picture windows, the living room feels quite spacious horizontally.

Tucked in one corner is a creatively designed black reading chair which adds a certain stylistic and modern flair.

The eye is drawn to the reading chair while from the overhead view we see that the unique coffee table is actually three that fit together.

The design uses a transition in flooring to separate one space from another, deeming walls unnecessary.

A few minimalist elements can take the place of many mementos that tend to clutter a living space.

Looking back into the dining room, we can feel a distinct shift in the design elements, though clean lines still prevail.

The overhead light fixture certainly acts as a focal point in the stark and modern dining area.

The geometric look works well with the Scandinavian style chairs, which are the Wegner elbow style chair.

Artwork can serve an important purpose, especially in a minimalist design, offering a bigger glimpse of the home owner’s personality.

A bit of color, carefully chosen, it certainly not forbidden in this space.

Indeed, the right use of color can make a room or even an entryway feel much more inviting as this red chair does, while also providing a comfortable place to put on shoes.

The contrasting patterns between the floor, walls, and ceiling is a sophisticated way to add interest to an otherwise neutral space.

The informal eating area takes a cue from the dining room with its decorative lighting and modern chairs.

Natural light is allowed to flow in from a smaller window by the kitchen’s design.

In the breakfast area, the modern dining chairs and artificial tropical leaves create an atmosphere that is a bit more casual.

Overhead lighting int he white kitchen makes cooking much more pleasant.

At the bar, kitchen stools offer yet another option for a quick bite or even a bit of homework.

A marble backsplash and crisp countertops would be a special treat for any home chef.

Moving into the office area, at first it is difficult to tell this is a work place because it looks so comfortable and inviting.

It is only from another angle that we see the trappings of a home office, including stylish ergonomic chairs, which are the Eames-style Group Management Chair.

Here we can see the full expanse of this beautiful home office, from the bright mustard chairs and green rug to a large executive desk and floor-to-ceiling windows.

In another space, blackout curtains create a perfect screening area.

A ring of light surrounding a circular mirror is the ultimate in flattery in this vanity/sink area.

A simple toilet paper holder does not call attention to itself in the small water closet.

In the master bedroom, natural light is on display in its full glory.

A beautiful 4 poster bed with a gauzy canopy makes for a lovely space to relax.

The room even features another workspace, for smaller projects or a last minute “note to self.”

A comfortable reading chair is a must in the bedroom, for the morning paper or late night files.

The white bathroom with gray marble accents is another relaxing retreat in this home.

From the soap dispensers to the bidet, each piece is carefully chosen to tell a story of simple luxury.

A smaller bedroom stays within the same palette with warm browns and reds.

Creative wall sconces and bedside lamps add light to this smaller bedroom.

And finally, the child’s room uses a bit more brightness for the kid’s decor.

Blue, yellow and red may be a bit much for an adult bedroom, but here they are perfect.

In plush textures, this room begs to be played in.

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The Importance of Scale and Proportion in Interior Design

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Proportion and scale play a role in all of our interiors. Image: JP Warren Interiors

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While a lot of interior design is a matter of personal taste, there are a few fundamental concepts that transcend differences in style. We’ve already covered concepts like balance and color theory, and now it’s time to tackle another important principle: scale and proportion.

Read on to learn what these principles are, the crucial roles they play in design, and how to incorporate them into your own interiors. These fundamentals should play a role in your next project and can even help you make adjustments to your existing interiors. You’ll be surprised how big of a difference a few small changes can make.

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Scale and proportion are fundamental elements of interior design. Image: ARTO

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What are scale and proportion?

It’s one thing to know that these concepts are important, but it’s another to truly understand what they mean and how they relate to interior design. Before we go any further, here’s a breakdown of these two terms, as well as how they differ from each other:

Scale refers to the size of one object in relation to another. In particular, it’s used when the size of at least one of the objects is known with certainty. In design, scale is usually used to refer to the size of an object or space in relation to the human body. For example, standard countertop heights and chair widths are scaled to fit the average person.

Though the two terms are similar and are often used interchangeably, proportion refers to a general relationship in size between two objects. It’s what interior designers refer to when they describe how two objects relate to each other in a room. For example, as a rule, designers recommend that coffee tables be two-thirds as long as the sofa they are set against.

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The golden ratio shows up in all aspects of our lives, including interior design. Image: Emily McCall

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Implementing the golden ratio

For anyone who needs a refresher, the golden ratio — 1:618 — has been found over and over again in nature. It’s integral to describing the proportions of the human body, it can be found in many famous works of art, and it’s an important component of web design. Generally, objects containing this ratio are thought to be more aesthetically pleasing, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this proportion is also the key to creating successful interiors.

Most often, you see the golden ratio applied to a room’s layout. Designers often divide the room into two sections: one that takes up two-thirds of the space and a smaller section consisting of the last third. The larger section contains the room’s main furniture, which makes its primary function clear. The smaller section accounts for a secondary use, such as an alternative seating area or storage.

This ratio shows up in other subtle ways. Choosing a color palette can become much easier when you consider that shades separated by a ratio of 1:618 on the light spectrum tend to work well together.

Mix and match these ratios to keep things visually interesting. Image: Kate Marker Interiors

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Mix and match to create contrast

That said, interior design is more of an art than a science. Sticking to the same ratio over and over again quickly gets boring. It’s important to incorporate contrast to create visual interest in the space.

Take the picture above as an example. Each of the design elements varies in height, so you may find your eyes bouncing all over the image, moving from item to item in an effort to take in all its sensory information. As a result, this picture likely holds your attention longer than an image where all the design elements blend together.

Unfortunately, there’s no hard and fast rule on how to pull this contrast off. This skill is generally what people refer to when they say someone has an “eye for design.” When putting a room together, test the proportion between two items by taking a step back. If the arrangement feels right, leave it as is. If something feels off, make adjustments as needed.

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You should also consider the scale and proportion of your accessories and wall art. Image: Carol Abbott

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Go beyond the layout

Typically, when we discuss scale and proportion in interior design, we’re talking about larger design elements like furniture placement. However, that’s only part of the equation. These concepts should play a role in nearly every aspect of a room’s design, down to the arrangement of your accessories.

Wall art is one area where achieving proper proportion is especially important. As a general rule, a piece of art should take up 4/7ths of the space where it hangs. Since that fraction can be tough to wrap your head around, try measuring the width of the wall and multiplying that number by 0.57, which is 4/7 as a decimal. The result of that equation is the ideal width for your artwork.

It’s also important to consider the placement of your accessories, particularly when dealing with shelving and other staged surfaces. Here, you’ll want to create contrast once more. Try arranging groups of décor items in varying heights and directions. For best results, stick to odd-numbered groupings, as these tend to be more aesthetically pleasing.

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Review the proportion and scale in the rooms of your home. Image: Murphy & Co. Design

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There are a few fundamental concepts of interior design that should play a role in every room of your home, regardless of your personal style. Accounting for the scale and proportion of your design elements is one of them. Use the tips above to bring this principle into your interiors. With just a few small changes, you can make your projects instantly look and feel much more professional.

What are your thoughts on scale and proportion? What other design concepts are you curious about? Tell us in the comments!

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