Human imagination has limitless potential. It shapes discussions of culture and industrial creation across the world. Our capacity for storytelling and creating inspires and comforts us. In interior design, we create stories with mood boards, furniture, feature items and colour schemes to spark peoples’ imaginations—to evoke stories of the those who live in these spaces and, ultimately, fantasising about living the stories themselves.
When taking photographs of a living space we don’t always have to see the whole room. A well-staged glimpse into someone’s home is the taster we need to spark our imagination into filling in the details. Interior design isn’t just about knowing how to create a great aesthetic, it is also about successfully selling the lifestyle.
A credible story is in the details, which means we must immerse ourselves in the scene we’re trying to conjure. Placing a laptop, a pair of glasses and a coffee on the breakfast bar speaks of a cosy but efficient work environment. A glowing candle and a half-read book close to an open fire tells a tale of warmth and comfort.
Geometric shapes—squares, rectangles, circles, triangles—often have a structured and symmetrical look and feel. These are stable and trusted shapes, they can create a sense of completion, uniformity and add a modern edge to design.
Organic shapes represent the free-flowing and less-symmetrical shapes we tend to find in nature, bringing an innate sense of harmony to the room as well as adding visual interest. Spirals, curves and deliberate misalignment can be associated with growth, creative pleasure, and added softness; especially in rustic furniture and surfacing.
Last but not least, there is abstract shape. Often based in organic shapes but lacking true definition, abstract imagery can transform a space into a quirky, free-thinking environment. It can feel eclectic, exciting and new age.
The Whole Story
As interior designers, our imagination shouldn’t stop at simply designing the room by its functionality and beauty, it should extend into asking: “Who would live here and what would they most like to do in this space?” Understand that and then capture it!
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