Interior design, much in keeping with the world around us, is constantly evolving.
As our tastes and desires change, so too must the way we think about decorating our living spaces to reflect who we are as people and to maintain modern trends around the home.
Purposeful furniture design is one such innovation that is changing the way interior designers plan their projects, and how DIY enthusiasts are thinking about shaping their living space.
There has been a clear shift from traditional furnishings to more creative, innovative, and space-saving designs to help make the most of the room we have and still maintain a modern, chic aesthetic.
Here are some examples of purposeful furniture design.
Innovative space utilisation
At the heart of the concept is maximising space without compromising on style, and implementing pieces of furniture that ingeniously utilise hidden or underutilised spaces.
Storage beds are at the heart of such an idea. These types of beds can have drawers put into them for easy access storage, while some even lift up completely to hold heavy duty items, or act as a handy place to store items that would otherwise be cluttering the floors.
Benches and ottomans are equally multi-functional, insofar as you can use them to sit on but they also have storage inside or underneath.
Fitted wardrobes cleverly utilise space for your clothes and shoes, while storing other items away for ease of access.
Tables with drawers or shelves are also extremely useful for avoiding clutter.
Furniture design has progressed beyond all recognition, but we no longer have to go for the mundane, patterned furnishings of yesteryear.
Indeed, technological advancements are at the heart of purposeful furniture designs as they really embrace the idea of multifunctionality.
Smart furniture is one such area to emphasise this. Chairs and sofas with integrated charging ports for your smartphones and tablets, and built-in speakers are becoming pretty commonplace
Smart TVs now tend to be mounted onto the walls or built into entertainment units, removing the necessity for bulky TV stands.
But it is not just the actual furniture benefiting. The use of virtual reality and artificial intelligence is allowing designers to use technology to see how designs in rooms will look before actually having to begin the process of decorating space.
If you have a smaller living room then the importance of multifunctional furniture really has been revolutionary in interior design as they save space, provide functionality and maximise the room you have.
A sleeper sofa is ideal for instance, as not only does it serve the purpose of a seating option, but it can act as a bed for when you have overnight guests.
Transforming coffee tables with storage shelves are equally as handy, as is modular furniture that you can model for the shape of your living room to utilise the limited space.