Sunday, 1 October 2017

Classroom redecoration

We were given a task to come up with a new look for our classrooms. Each team made their own design suggestion for one of the two rooms, out of which we voted the best ones to be realised.


© Tuulia

Measuring a big space like this is a very good team work exercise, although not an easy one! Getting all the needed measurements requires conversation, and since each individual's logic is different, the order of taking the measurements is challenging to determine. However, we worked through the crisis and got all the information we needed in order to proceed.

Note to self: next time when measuring a space, let one (and only one!) person draw the sketch and put down the measurements. This way you will avoid any unnecessary quarrel!


Using rectangle tool on Adobe Illustrator, we drew all the walls and put them on a planche. At first, I thought this would be very difficult but it turned out to be simple and quick. Bish bash bosh!


For our design, I researched the current/future trends in interior design. In addition to using my previous knowledge from the visit to Habitare 2017-fair a couple of weeks ago, I looked at the these two blog posts from interiorzine and Gates interior design.

From the blogs, I picked up on the following trends:

  • pastel colours ("Girly soft")
  • yellow (bright sunny / lemon)
  • red, orange, burnt orange
  • warm neutrals
  • grass green
  • Baroque
  • "Vienna salons" of the turn of the 20th century
    • pine green. mustard yellow, royal blue, Bordeaux red, gold
  • satin gold, brass
  • "Dynamic Urban"
    • concrete constructs, contemporary artistic, brass
  • bold and characteristic colour combinations
  • "Urban serenity"
    • contemporary simplicity, geometric stylistic, organic material palette, minimalist and serene colour palette

Because the space is very confined and full of bits and bobs, we thought it is important to choose colours that bring some much needed light and air into the room. We created three different possible colour themes: rich yellow, burnt orange, and violet. These colours would be combined with a dominant cream white as well as golden details. Between our team, we took a vote and the violet colour palette won:

colour examples found on tikkurila


After having decided the colours as well as how and where we would use the colours, we finished the planche. This included coming up with a name for our design and a short description. Because our design has the warm neutral white and pastel violet which both are more or less according to the "Girly soft" trend, combined with rich plum and gold which in turn are more from the turn of the 20th century Vienna salons and baroque's heaviness, we decided to name the design Soft Vienna. Translated, the description is: Soft colours meet baroque's richness.


Out of 6 designs (3 for each classroom), all of the currents students in the course voted two to be realised. Our design Soft Vienna was chosen as one of the two!

Unfortunately, I could not join my team members when they went on a field trip to get the paint for our design. However, my team was kind enough to send me some pictures from their adventure:

May I present, once more, Soft Vienna by Maria, Minea, Reetta and Tuulia!

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