Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
When we think about shape, we think about a two-dimensional outline - often seen as a geometric figure, but form is an extension of shape and is actually the three-dimensional configuration.
Why is this important? Because God made us visual creatures for a reason and form, just like all design elements, has the power to influence us to respond emotionally. I guess I could just point out the differences between a female body and a man's body and leave it at that - but I won't - READ ON!
Shape and form are part of the design elements interior designer's use to create beautiful, cohesive compositions using design elements - wait....I thought interior design was all about shopping for pretty items! Let's change how you think about good design!
Look at the drawings above. In the first drawing there are several kinds of shapes, such as rectangles, squares, triangles, circles and other geometric shapes or meandering, curved or angular shapes that do not fit neatly into geometry (remember the girl shapes and boy shapes?). Now look at the second drawing above. When these geometric planes are given a third dimension, they become forms such as chairs, rugs, tables, and lamps.
The key to selecting forms successfully is to balance them against the proportion and scale of the architecture and to select each form to either complement or contrast the other forms that are nearby.
This is another reason why design drawings are so important to projects - large or small. There are so many lines, shapes, forms, textures, patterns and colors in a single space that all need to be analyzed for the correct proportion and scale relative to each other - making it difficult at best to imagine and visualize how each one works together to create architectural harmony. Especially when one person's idea of beauty could be different from your own. All of the design elements are equally important in creating architectural harmony (aka: beauty) for your canvas.
That is why there are no magic interior design formulas - only principles to learn so you can communicate your own vision and brand of beauty to avoid guessing and assuming.
Shape and form are a big deal - I bet you totally got that now!
Can you imagine and visualize how your ideas will look in your space so you can get your canvas correct? If not, contact me for more information.
I use systems for everything I do. This planning reduces the chaos, keeps me organized and makes sure no detail is forgotten and no surprises are found in the design portfolio! The first phase of planning a successful interior design project is the 'THINK IT' phase - because it takes thought to keep things from becoming cookie cutter. That's why I wrote this blog post to dispel common interior design misconceptions and help prepare you to take point on your design or decorating project based on your vision.
I've written additional 'think like an interior designer' posts for pattern, scale and proportion, texture, space and color, light and line and mass and massing to help you understand the language of design so you can learn the rules and break them!
If you have a decorating or interior design project coming up within the next year and need help with the THINK IT phase, contact me today to get started. Or join over 300 other design enthusiasts by signing up for my Homiletics for the Home Insiders club below & you'll receive mostly monthly emails filled with inspiring ideas, encouraging stories, worksheets and real life interior design stories - then make the world more beautiful by sharing this post with your tribe!
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About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She had Alzheimer's disease and never realized her dream. Sometimes in our deepest grief we are motivated to encourage others to fearlessly be themselves so that their gifts and stories are shared. I mean, how else can we change the world? So I began to record the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So, here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own exemplary home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. Because my work is important, this is also where I share my favorite design projects and how good design enhanced their lives as well. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)