A home or an apartment is an environment made by humans and shaped by the developmental processes of life also known as technology.
We will notice that over the past weeks, our discussions have been based on what is generally referred to as the elements of design. It was emphasised over and over that nature is the source of those elements.
Thus implying that nature has a lot to do with interior design, décor and architecture. Looking at the shapes, textures and patterns and colours in our man-made or artificial environments called homes, we will realise that we have surrounded ourselves with imitations of most of the natural elements in the world.
The Concept of space
Space is an enclosed area. Space is like the blank canvas of an artist. To the decorator, space is the room or rooms in which furniture and accessories are placed.
Just like how an artist would use a blank canvas to create beautiful works of art that have dimension, so does the designer work out an interior so beautiful and rewarding.
Character of space
We must always remember that space is three-dimensional. It has length, width and height. So we can work with its height as well as the length and width. We mustn’t limit our thinking to only two of those three dimensions.
When we look at a floor plan, we mustn’t just think of the length and width of the room or the length and width of the furniture pieces. Think also of how those pieces rise in height to fill space.
Space has form and character; these aspects determine and influence the design and décor of the interior within that space. When the shell of the space is conical, it will influence the items of décor used.
Generally most spaces are cubic in nature, thus most of the items of décor, especially the storage components such as cabinets, are shaped to relate.
When we look at a wall elevation, we mustn’t consider just the height and length of the objects as they appear against the wall. We should also consider how they project into the space of the room. And while we develop the three-dimensional interest, we can start thinking of the less obvious areas of space in the room, which may be filled interestingly, such as space from ceiling down.
Hanging lamps or plants or a decorative object can help to balance the room’s space satisfyingly. The ability to see and think in three dimensions is a priceless asset for the decorator, designer or the homeuser.
In a nutshell, a good knowledge of these elements of design, developed from our familiarity with the elements, should enable the homeuser or the designer to recognise and satisfy our basic décor needs.