7 elements of interior designMackenzie Paige
Happy Monday everybody!
I hope you’re all well and had a wonderful weekend. I can’t believe it is blog time again. I thought for my next blog and before I explore further topics, it would be prudent to explain to you some Interior Design basics – the 7 elements of Interior Design. This is pretty much the first thing you learn when you study design.
The first element of Interior Design is space. But what does this mean? Space is defined by architecture – the walls, floor, ceiling, doors, and windows. It’s the raw shell that we work with. This is why we will often refer to a ‘room’ as a space – as in Interior Design lingo, this is what it is. Think bi fold doors, traditional sash windows, literally anything which creates the shape and ‘edge’ of what we are going to be working with.
There are many kinds of light, you can of course have natural light (windows, skylights, open doors) or artificial light. Within the artificial light category, there are more categories, being task, decorative and ambient lighting. Ambient lighting is the general light in a room, the light that allows you to see around the room (think your main down lights perhaps). Task lighting is exactly what it says: lighting that allows you to see whilst doing a task. For example, a desk lamp, or under-counter lighting in a kitchen.
Decorative lighting is too self-explanatory, its elements of lighting design which don’t really provide much function but add to a lighting scheme – maybe LED strip lighting underneath shelving. Lighting is always a key consideration of Interior Design as it affects the way we see colour and texture and it must be thought through thoroughly.
Form is the outline of an object or element – the volume, mass and scale. One way of looking at it is the outline of the object and the form and physical presence this takes.
Exactly what it says! Texture is integral to Interior Design and the more textures there are in a design, the more depth it will have – and the more successful it will be. Always try to include as much texture as possible, from plaster, to leather, wood, woven materials and more! Texture also changes the way that light is reflected within a space adding even more depth to a design.
Most probably the most obvious element but colour is so important in design too! Different colours connote different psychological effects, so it is an important consideration when designing. Whilst also adding to mood and the ambience of a space, colour can also be used to correct spaces with less than perfect proportions.
The choice of furniture is always very important – of course the design of a piece of furniture is imperative, but you also must consider other factors. From functionality, budget and to comfort, it varies between each owner. It also depends on what someone would want from their furniture and how they live as a household too.
The accessories! Vases, wall art, sculptures and more. Objects are the icing on top of the cake and add character and often a personal touch to a design, reflecting its owners. Dependent on the design and the focus, varying numbers of objects can be considered.
And those are the 7 elements of Interior Design! Of course, there is much more to explore within each of those categories but that gives a flavour of what they do all entail.
Don’t forget, you can always contact me to help you with your homes too via this link https://www.mpinteriors.co.uk/contact.
Take care everybody,