Throughout this series, we have discussed the concept of lines in design. This principle is responsible for adding tone and character to a room’s interior. Since lines determine the space and form of an object, today, we are going to focus on form. Let’s take a look!
Shapes Vs. Form
The concepts of shape and form are very similar. In fact, it can be challenging to differentiate between the two. You may be wondering, “how are these concepts different from each other?” In interior design, shapes are often two dimensional. They have both width and height. On the other hand, forms are three-dimensional objects that take up space. For instance, a speaker box is an example of form. The speaker consists of several shapes, specifically squares that are put together to create form. Because form is solid mass that can be viewed from various angles, and it can be created by combining at least two shapes. Then this design element can be heightened using texture, color, and pattern.
Types of Form
There are two types of form: geometric and natural. The geometric form is typically manmade, while the natural form is organic. Form can also be categorized as either open or closed. Open forms are objects that have a light and airy form, leading the eye away from the center and into the room. Closed forms are heavier and dense, leading the eye into the object, and creating a feeling of permanence and stability.
Importance of Form in Design
The use of form is essential to create a well-balanced space. When form is used correctly, it can establish a sense of balance and greater visual interest. What are some ways you can implement form into your home’s decor? Form can be seen in your furnishing choices, decorative accessories, and other objects that provide functionality. Try to classify your furnishings and décor into open and closed forms!
Without form a room would be flat. The sculptural-type form is a great way to add drama to a space. Good form can be successfully achieved by taking into consideration both scale and proportion, which will be touched upon in future posts. Form should be evenly distributed throughout a room; however, using too many unrelated types of forms in a space can be overwhelming and cause confusion in the design.