Purposeful Design

Designing with purpose is not just about practicality, it is about creating a space that truly enhances the living experience.

By Kathy Anderson and Stephanie Vaughan, Eklektik Interiors

This master bedroom design was infused with elements of comfort, luxury, softness and tranquility. Photo courtesy of Eklektik Interiors.

Design with Purpose

Most homeowners are seeking beauty, drama, and the wow factor when they are designing their home. As designers, we want to help each client fulfill those dreams while also looking at function. Purposeful design creates spaces that cater to a client’s daily needs, making their living experiences better and richer. This combination of luxury and livability is unique for every client. Because everyone lives differently, there is no single design answer. Designing with purpose is really about listening to clients on how they use their space and implementing shifts in the environment to improve their lives on every level.

Designing on Purpose

Purposeful design can be defined in two ways- designing with purpose and on purpose. Designing with purpose is a practical, functional approach. Most rooms in a home have many uses and moving parts. These spaces benefit the user most when they are designed specifically for their needs, maximizing the functionality. The other perspective on purposeful design is what we describe as designing ‘on purpose.’

When designing a space, we want the homeowner to walk into that room every day and see complete cohesion. This means everything fits together, scales correctly, colors and textures match and flow, and it is clear that the design was intentional.

Purposeful Design Process

Designing a home is a very personal process. Each homeowner has a unique lifestyle and therefore needs a custom design to enhance their living experience. When remodeling, we always keep needs and budget in mind, while working to design the space to its maximum potential. Looking at the space with no walls and more like a blank canvas is a great starting point. We love the creative challenge to get the look and space the client wants with the raw materials we’ve been given to work with. Sometimes, the walls that can’t move are the catalyst for what ends up being the coolest part of the project.

Open communication through the selection process is key, as the designer can help each client know where each dollar is best spent for their specific needs. Our approach to design is rooted in listening first to the experience of our clients, so we ask a lot of questions:

  • How can I make this room more functional with what exists?
  • What doesn’t have to stay?
  • Does the cost of making the changes make sense to what I am asking the space to do?
  • Does the functionality of the space outweigh the cost of making the changes?

It’s all about getting the most ‘bang for your buck.’ We have never had a client unhappy about making changes that they really wanted, but we have had clients regret not doing what they really wanted because of a little more money.