How Interior Design Has Changed Our World
An introduction into what interior design is?
Interior design is an architecture related term that relates to the layout, construction and also the overall appeal of interior spaces – this can range from the living room right through to offices, and everything in between. Professional interior designers have the skill to be able to blend both technical elements and aesthetic elements to create a whole look and feel to a room.
The way this works is the use of artistic touches such as colour or lighting alongside structural things like wall placement or ceiling sloping, which together can create some of the greatest rooms possible.
Over the years, especially in the UK and America, interior design has become more apparent in our homes. With simplicity becoming the key – colours and boldness are two things that are largely taken into account with the outlook of maximising all spaces.
Ikea’s role on revolutionising interior design
The Swedish based superstore ‘Ikea’ has really had a huge effect on interior design across the World – none more so than in the UK. Their hugely successful idea was to take the Scandinavian idea of daylight and space being centre of any room.
Ikea’s idea is simple, to make clean, simple straight lines accustom with the idea of being able to brighten up while maximising the space within. Due to the simplicity of Ikea’s interior design we see furniture and also interior combined in ways like never before. This has led to a whole new evolution in developing spaces – We now notice more and more abstract rooms, with colours being a huge factor.
Changes that are evident
Look to the past in the UK and we see furniture and interiors in the home being mostly natural colours – browns and wood effects were something that were used in just about every room. This is completely different to what you will expect to see now when stepping into a modern home.
One of the main rooms in the home that has taken on this idea of interior design is the modern kitchen. It is easy to see that kitchen design and styling has been taken to the limits in terms of maximisation and use of space. We know have things like hidden drawers, stylish handles, and use of gloss or metallic surfaces to emphasise the style of a kitchen. The use of bright inviting colours is now something that is popular with people being able to do just about anything to set the theme they are looking for.
Interior design in the office space
The office space of twenty years ago was somewhere which was tightly cramped and not the happiest of places for employees. Fast-forward to today and we see companies like Google leading office interiors to a whole new level, with plenty of companies looking to follow suit to make their office space a friendlier place to work.
Interior design has seen an increased use of bright colours to create different working zones within one office – giving an air of fun to the office space. The old and bare necessities still remain so employees can still do all their work, but the next level of interior design has really grasped offices all over the world.
Bold enjoyable colours are used in offices everywhere nowadays, with the intention of creating a more open, free creative space to get the best out of employees. Interior design is seen, not only to maximise the space, but also to maximise enjoyment – visually and mentally – to all who are witnesses of it.
How the internet has played a huge part in interior design
Little do people realise in the modern era how much of an effect the internet has on interior design. Ideas, products and designs from other continents have seen interior design evolve all over the Globe.
The internet allows us to share our interior design creations, and allowed interior designers to adapt their skills to ones seen in other parts of the world. Simply searching interior design in America, would allow somebody else in the world to grasp the American view on it, and in essence create their very own Americanised interior design room.
A good example of interior design concepts that are now more evident around the World but based entirely on one countries ideas is the use Feng Shui. This Chinese system of geomancy and orientation of a room is used around the World by interior designers to create a natural wellbeing by making sure the furniture of a room face the right directions – a simple search on the internet now enables home owners and professionals alike to research the best way to implement this in their home.
This article was put together by Ryan Hirst who writes helpful home related guides for eurofitdirect.co.uk