Archive for

Important Factors To Consider In Interior Design

Certainly everybody wants an aesthetically pleasing space. Man is naturally a lover of art and beauty. As such, regardless of how he finds the means to beautify or enhance a space to his satisfaction, man would ultimately want to see it done.

You don’t really need to be in a mansion to live a luxurious life, nor would you need expensive furniture to enhance your home. There are actually a lot of simpler ways to make a space look appealing and attractive. The important thing is for the space to manifest the technical and creative solutions that are appropriate for it.

Fortunately, the design of interiors of a space is looked after by the interior design discipline. Interior design is basically a multifaceted discipline that follows a coordinated and systematic methodology of research, analysis, and integration of knowledge into a creative process which is applied into a structure in order to achieve a built interior environment. In other words, in this discipline, both creative and technical solutions are applied to a space for it to become aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.

However, in order to achieve the total effect that is desired of a particular space, there are important factors to consider. These are the essential aspects of interior design that have to be observed in order to achieve general and specific goals. Each of these aspects has an influence on the overall result, thus each one should be critically considered.

The first aspect is balance. It is important to cautiously position things to achieve a comparable visual appeal of these things with respect to the space. The easiest balance to achieve is symmetrical. This is the type of balance where everything is well proportioned. Another balance is asymmetrical, which is most preferred by modern interior designers. This may need a lot of imagination, but it certainly brings out the ingenuity and creativity of the designer. Finally, the last type of balance is radial. This type is also easy to achieve since the positioning of things basically revolves around a defined center.

The second aspect is unity. In any design, it is vital to establish a theme or a concept. In designing interiors, uniformity should be carefully maintained. If a theme has been established, everything else must be in complement to it in order to establish unity.

The third aspect is proportion. It is vital for things in a space to be proportionate with respect to their sizes to maintain balance in the space. When things are not in proportion, the total appearance of the room is affected because some items in the space might be overshadowed by another.

Finally, the fourth aspect is focus. In interior design, a focal object in a space must be established. This object will be the center of focus in the space and should stand out. On the other hand, even the focal object needs to stand out; it still has to be related to design or theme of the overall space.

Far Eastern Influences on Interior Design

The main Japanese influences on western interior design for most people are Zen and Feng Shui, so we will take a short look at them below.

Zen Interior Design

If you would like to bring some aspects of Zen into your home, the interior design will have to be minimalistic, peaceful and tranquil. Nature will be an essential part of creating that impression.

Minimalism means simple, basic colours, nothing loud. Furniture and ornaments ought to be kept to a minimum too.

People relate Zen with Japan, but in fact it is Chinese in origin. Zen is a form of Buddhism, so it is not really a style, but a life style, a state of being, a form of religion. Zen teaches meditation in order to gain enlightenment.

Therefore, in order to create features of what we call Zen into your interior design, you will have to clear all unnecessary items out of your room and paint with plain colours that will not sidetrack your mind. This is harder to accomplish than you might imagine, but do your best to visualize what a monk’s cubicle would be like to live in.

It is almost certainly sensible to make over only one room in your house in what we call a Zen style, because the majority Westerners would find it hard to live without all their ‘stuff’.

No knick-knacks, very little furniture and bland colours are the order of the day. So, it would be best to begin by taking everything out of the room, because it is simpler to put a few things back than to take a lot out. Then emulsion the walls white or off-white, say ‘smoke white’ – a very pale shade of grey.

An inspiring photograph with a Zen saying could go on a wall. Maybe something by Matsuo Basho like: ‘Do not seek to walk in the footsteps of the wise men of old, seek what they sought’.

Feng Shui Interior Design

‘Feng Shui’ is usually translated into English as ‘Wind and Water’ and it is the art of arranging items to achieve harmony. Once again, Feng Shui originated in China, not Japan.

The real Feng Shui devotee uses the art not only for interior design but also to choose a house and a burial plot. Students believe that Feng Shui has an effect on wellbeing, wealth and personal relationships.

Early Chinese Feng Shui employed astronomy to find the equilibrium between man and the universe and Feng Shui measuring appliances have been found in tombs going back to 278 BC

Modern Feng Shui seeks to locate places with good ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘Chi’). These locations are deemed to be good for humans to live in, others should not be settled but left as nature intended.

Qi means ‘air’ and is used to describe the flow of energy, perhaps based on solar energy. It is the balance between two bodies and is the principal behind Feng Shui. The opposites in this balance are the ‘Ying’ and the ‘Yang’.

Feng Shui was almost unheard of in the West until Richard Nixon went to China in 1972. Regrettably, it has been re-invented in the West and now has been mixed up with magic and mysticism in the USA.

How You Can Get The Sleek Look Of Contemporary Interior Design

You can refresh your living space with modern flair, using contemporary interior design. The sleek lines and smooth textures of this style create an inviting and interesting space. It’s a mistake to think of this style as uncomfortable and spare. The new contemporary interior design is clean and smooth, but livable. Contemporary interior design can impart a modern feeling no matter what kind of living space you have.

Furniture for contemporary interior design is sleek and linear. Simply finished wood, steel, or other clean finishes are desirable. Old-fashioned or traditional pieces are out of place here. You can mix and match styles of furniture if you stay within the same tone and material range for all pieces, such as brushed steel. Wooden pieces tend to either be dark or very light to provide contrast.

Window treatments are generally clean and without frills. Blinds in wood or bamboo are popular, as are simple shades in lightly textured fabric. Using such materials as wool, slubbed silk, and linen provides a contrast to the many shiny surfaces common in contemporary interior design. Don’t go overboard and use too many, or you’ll risk spoiling the effect. Complicated patterns are also to be avoided, as they provide a cluttered look.

Splashes of color bring interest to the generally neutral palette in contemporary interior design. Bold tones can be incorporated in accessories and accents like lamps, artwork, and rugs. Paintings and sculpture should be chosen in styles that go with the rest of the themes. Abstracts or expressionistic work often go well. Pay attention to the colors in your artwork, so that they don’t clash or interfere with what you plan to use elsewhere in the room. Accessories should generally be clean and without frills or excessive decoration. Naturalistic, organic forms provide excellent contrast to sharp edges and vice versa.

How you light your room can play a big part in how it is perceived. Track lighting, recessed lighting, and standalone lamps are popular. The old time ceiling light is less desirable. When locating fixtures for lighting your room, look for modern stylings and simple, bold finishes. Accent lamps can be bright, colorful affairs, but one or two colors in the piece is usually sufficient. You can also use simple wood or steel lamps with undecorated shades.

Contemporary interior design can be easily added to a room without breaking the bank. You can find items at sales or fix up second hand pieces. To achieve this look, you don’t need very many items, too. With contemporary interior design, less is more. With only a little planning and effort, any home can be improved by contemporary interior design.