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It is true that certain architectural elements of a room demand more attention then others. I think that this is one of reasons that many people misunderstand concept of focal points. Throughout your journey of learning interior design, you will come to understand importance of balancing understanding of architecture focal points, and living ones.
Certain people are naturally going to elevate towards different activities and objects in a room. This is why a basic understanding of both human element and architectural one are a keystone to successful interior design.
Once you have a basic to medium understanding of focal points and placement of items in and around those places, other key feature of learning interior design is visual representation of objects.
Color, texture, and shape are fundamentals in this category. When you view an object, way that light is reflected off of it onto your eyes is commonly known as color. Texture is way that object ‘feels’ to you visually. Shape is basic makeup of object reflected visually. The correct combination of these characteristics results in a visually harmonious atmosphere.
Let’s imagine a few terms you hear when associated with design. ‘Gaudy’ always pops into mind. A space with bold color representation, an overkill interjection of texture, and overuse of modern or untraditional shape forms are all factors that would encompass that title.
‘Simple’ would generally refer to use of light, neutral color schemes in combination with small interjections of light texture and straight lined shapes. Simple, in my opinion is basic ingredient to a successful recipe of design. Begin simply and build to your comfort level of complexity. This will not be an area that will flow naturally with you when you begin learning interior design. It will more then likely become an understanding that you will develop over time and exposure to different aspects of design.
To wind things up, road to learning interior design is filled with information and visual perspectives that will open both your eyes and your mind to an entirely different world. Observation is key to better understanding this world. Open your eyes and begin adventure!
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