Thursday, July 15, 2010

Interior Design Foundations

There are many jobs that are solid and do not change drastically over time, and there are ones that do. Many jobs such as careers in art, fashion, cinema, and design, can change drastically over a night and day period. There are many elements to creating a successful room design. I am no grad school interior designer, but what i do know is a room must be functional, express a mood, and exhibit a sense of harmony.

For a room to be functional, the arrangement of furniture must fit the setting of the room. The whole point of a living room is to LIVE in it, meaning a comfortable common place, structured to engage the users in each other. Have you ever noticed the way hotel furniture is structured? Many interior designers in the lobbies of hotels arrange the furniture to gateway
conversations to their guests. For example, the chairs are positioned towards each other, and most of the time there is a small table or a common table for placing belongings, drinks, or food. These small little things create a convenient, functional room.
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As far as mood goes, a room must express a certain mood. Whether it be calming, exciting, vintage, or modern, it should give the room a certain aura that is consistent with what the designer initially intended. This also goes hand in hand with harmony. The colors and styles of the interior designing must all be consistent and match the mood as well. A combination of warm summer colored walls and furniture, placed next to a window where sunlight comes in, are all consistent of the same tranquil summer evening mood. This will surely give off the correct impression and aura when people are in it.

All in all, these three components are the foundation of creating and designing a room. Everything must be coordinated to where the user feels a sense of harmony, mood, and convenient functionality.

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