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Banke Ajaguna: The Butterfly Effect of Interior Design



The Butterfly effect is a theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever. This rings true in design as well; a good interior designer can turn a basic space into something special.

Interior design, when done right, should bring the home occupants into a state of zen i.e peacefulness, stability, and to be in the present with positive vibes and energy. Any feeling short of that is a failed attempt at design.

This phenomenon could work either negatively or positively. Let’s take the positive for instance, you’ve got a home or office that is set-up quite nicely and liveable but have that nagging feeling that there’s just something missing and you know deep down that only an expert in design can fix it. It could just be something as little as rearranging the furniture, but you wouldn’t know because that’s not where your expertise lies. An interior designer on walking into a space would immediately be able to figure out the missing puzzle and BOOM! your space comes to life. Remember it’s about how very little things even the tiniest detail matter in putting together a well curated space. Appreciating space, sunlight, art, nature, time, objects and the people that would be living in the space is the prerogative of a designer.

A fellow designer had this to share. I’m currently working on a residential project for a client. The interior architecture (floor plan layout) has been decided. The furniture layout has been approved. Colour scheme, fabrics, wallpapers, lighting was proposed for every room. The feel and look was approved (interior design, concept phase). On the ground floor, where we have an open plan layout, every area (dining, living and kitchen), special characters have been assigned, but still connected visually as a very important part of the concept was to keep the harmony and continuity when you walk from one “room” to the other. The space flows and the relation between them can be felt and seen smoothly.

He liked it. But…he wanted to change the wallpaper proposed in the living area for another one he saw and which he particularly liked. This was a challenge and I would say a good example of the butterfly effect in the negative form. As everything was connected, removing this very important part of the concept involved choosing another colour scheme for walls and furniture. Because of this, rugs had to be changed as well. The effect reached the hallway and staircase and we had to start from scratch. Needless to say, this meant spending more time, money and resources.

‘it’s those little changes that occur in the lifespan of a project that determine the overall outcome. Keep this in mind and you would never go wrong.’

Just think about the butterfly. It was first an ugly caterpillar that nobody liked before it morphed into a beautiful butterfly. Its survival and beauty are dependent on everything going smoothly. If something were to go wrong during the process of metamorphosis, the butterfly could die or not form properly. The same rules apply before, and during a design stage.

So, next time you find yourself in need of a fix for your apartment, office, store or any space at all, let the thought of how the caterpillar becomes one of the most adored flies in the world- the butterfly and how your space can also come into its own, in a unique way and bring beauty to its beholders. With the right designer, everything is possible.

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Banke Ajagunna is the Lead Interior Designer at with a previous work background in the Nigerian technology ecosystem. Banke's design style is Modern and Contemporary with Scandanavian fusion and executes project with a keen eye for detail. View more details about her work at


  1. Sweery

    October 29, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I love home deco a lot but can’t afford a decorator yet. Will just do the little I can to make my place a home. Meanwhile what’s the cost like, to hire an interior decorator

    • Banke Ajagunna

      October 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Just stick to clean and simple; that’s the trick and also make sure you enjoy the process. Happy designing!

  2. Segebee

    October 29, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Great post Banke! Any tips for studio flats?

    • Banke Ajagunna

      October 30, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you Segebee. My go to tip would be ‘choose your colours wisely.’ There’s only so much space in a studio apartment and i’m sure you want to make it look more spacious than it actually is. For more, please visit:

  3. Christiana Onoja

    October 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Very insightful post.
    It’s so glaring you are knowledgeable of your work, which is so amazing.
    I love beautiful spaces and I can testify of the positive impact a well curated space has on us.

    I can’t wait to get my space worked on by your team.


    • Banke Ajagunna

      October 30, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you Christiana, we’d be happy to help you bring your vision for your space a reality.

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