Style Meets Functionality With James Lane

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In the interior design world, style and functionality go hand-in-hand. But what does it actually mean when these two concepts combine? Spaces that lack style can often feel plain, but if they lack functionality, they can be impractical. It’s all about finding the balance between aesthetics and practicality. After all, you want your home to not only look good but feel good too. Come with us as we explore how to find the balance between style and functionality with James Lane.

Optimise Your Functional Spaces With A Plan

First things first, functionality needs a bit of planning. From the layout of your home to the position of your furniture, it’s important to consider all aspects of your space. A good starting point is to determine the purpose of the area. This may feel obvious but hear us out. For example, your living room isn't just your living room. It might be the place you host friends or have family movies night; it could even be your workspace or the unwinding zone after a big day. However you use the space, each of these purposes will determine what layout, furniture, and décor you need. Pieces that complement the purpose of the space will enable it to become more functional. 

For example, if your living room is family-focused, opting for an oversized comfy sofa is more practical than a two-seater sofa and armchairs. Both are perfect options for aesthetics, but one will serve your purpose better. 

Consider How Elements Work Together 

Once you’ve determined the layout and the pieces of your space, it’s time to think about style. From both an aesthetic and functional perspective, try opting for materials and palettes that complement each other. For example, if you're aiming for a coastal style, opt for pieces like linen furnishings, and a neutral palette with blue and green accents. Your home will look and feel cohesive, which aids in flow and character, further enhancing the space. 

“At James Lane, we love providing Australians with contemporary furniture designs so they can update their home with the latest interior trends from around the world.”

-Abbey Hart | Head of Product & Marketing, James Lane

Mood board created by James Lane on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Mood board created by James Lane on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Clean and Simple Spaces 

Nothing hinders style and functionality quite like a cluttered home. The easiest way to avoid clutter is to create a designated place for everything. We love the idea of adding bookcases into empty spaces to add visual interest while giving your favourite items their own spot. If bookcases aren’t your thing, you could opt for a buffet with drawers or even baskets for extra storage.

Adding Style to Existing Functional Spaces

If you’re already in love with the functionality of your home, but it’s missing the stylish balance, why not soften it with a few décor pieces? Mirrors are perfect for opening and brightening spaces or lamps work as functional accessories that can completely change the mood of your room. The choices are endless when it comes to décor that serves a purpose. 

One of the best parts of balancing aesthetics and practicality is that it’s completely unique to your lifestyle. Explore the full range of functional and stylish James Lane pieces here. Or begin visualising their products in your space via our mood board tool here.