Interior Design 101: Function

When we first think of interior design, we think of how a house, a building or a shop looks inside. But that is not just what interior design is all about. It does not only endeavor for beauty but it also involves function or practicality.

Form Follow Function

This is a very familiar phrase in interior design by Louis Sullivan. No matter how beautiful a room is if it does not serve its function (e.g. kitchen not conducive for cooking) then it is a poorly designed one.

Elements to be considered for Function

  • This element can conceal and emphasize. It can either make the room look smaller or open up spaces.
  • This element sets the atmosphere of a given space. It makes space looks cooler or hotter. It can conceal the less flattering features of a place and direct the attention to the best ones.
  • Through different combinations, texture can bring in depth and drama that would add to the interest of a space.
  • This is the most basic of the element. This element can deliver a message of power, strength, or action. What kind of emotion do you want your room to give you? Lines play an important role in contributing to delivering certain emotions. They are also used to direct the eye to focal points of a space.
  • The three dimensions like the furniture you will have a form, a shape. These forms, just like a line, can deliver different messages. The use of boxy and rectangular furnishings gives a different inspiration than circular and curvy ones.

At the end of the day, it is a matter of knowing who will make use of a space that matters the most.  Incorporating that knowledge to make not just a visually explicit design but also, a comfortable, practical one is part and foremost of planning for design.