Thursday, January 26, 2012
GESTALT PRINCIPLES OF HOME DESIGN
an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.
When your first impression of a design is positive, when you instinctively see the design as being good, it’s likely because one or more Gestalt principles of perception are at play. When you look at a design and admire one or two of it’s parts, it’s likely because those parts are adhering to one or more Gestalt principles.
All furniture arrangements have a certain gestalt, or "totality," a "form". Large rectangular spaces can be dealt with by dividing the "form" of the space into multiple forms. A long narrow living space, for instance, can be split in two by creating zones of function.
The first step in arranging a space is determining its size. Use a tape measure to get the dimensions of a room. Sketch out a rough layout by size or contact me for a consultation.
Always check the dimensions of the hallways, stairs and door widths leading to the space. This is the eternal challenge for the homeowner, being sure the entrance and egress of the room is large enough for potential purchases.
Every object has a height, depth and width. For added visual interest (excitement) to any space, add varying furniture of varying characteristics or welcome a pop of color. If you are going for a serene, unchallenging area, for rest or recover, keep the furnishing volumes in a room similar and the color neutral or softer.
It's All a Matter of Scale
The size of pieces relative to one another and the size of the space is their scale. Again, similarly scaled pieces are more serene when used together, but a nice balance of pieces creates a harmonious atmosphere, utilizing the differing physical qualities of height, depth and width throughout the room. When furnishings are out of scale, you'll notice that it just won't feel comfortable or right.
When furnishings are in scale, the room will be balanced and feel harmonious.
Refer to my previous posts for specifics: walls, doors, lighting, neutrals, colors, window treatments and more!)
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