In school, an "F" was definitely not your friend and the last thing you would ever want to get. But in design, the four F's are exactly what you should be seeking. If you want to avoid the most common mistakes that the majority of people make when decorating their home, the four F's can definitely be a game changer!
FORM: Your space should be a reflection of you. With so many options to choose from, don't settle for something that you really don't like or that doesn't fit your style. If it doesn't match your unique interests, don't buy it. There are many options out there, so remember to be patient until you find what is right for you. However, while embracing your design is critical, you can't stop once you've simply discovered what you like.
FUNCTION: Will your choice function well in YOUR space? Where will it be located in your home and what activities will you do in that space? Is it durable enough for your needs? Does it need to be easy to clean? Think long term, as you'll only remain happy with design choices that function well for your particular needs. But can you stop there? No.
FLOW: How well does your choice flow with your existing decor? Good design flows seamlessly from one space to another. You may really like an item and it may function well for your needs, but if doesn't flow with the rest of your design, then it's the wrong choice. Don't fall into the trap of becoming fixated on one item that may be detrimental to your overall look. And if you're not sure, reach out to us and we can work with you on your design to save a lot of time and money. Which brings us to the last F.
FINANCE: Does it fit within your budget? Don't blow your entire budget on items that have little impact on the overall aesthetics of your design. Trust your designer on prioritizing your purchases. Take advantage of the designer's experience so that you get the most for your money. And be careful not to sacrifice quality to save a few bucks in the short run; you'll just spend more on repairs or replacements in the future. In addition, as I mentioned in my previous blog ("So what's trending now"), don't overspend on trendy items. If you're designing on a budget, invest more of your budget in timeless pieces that will stand the test of time.
Hopefully the four F's will help you to make better design decisions. Of course, if you ever need design assistance, just reach out to us. We'd love to help!