Interior designing, to many, seems like choosing a particular chair or tile pattern.
While choosing the right furniture and tiles are pertinent, they are only a fraction of an interior designer’s job.
Interior design incorporates both artistic imagination and sharp critical thinking skills to form a blueprint on a paper over 20 inches long.
Heather Kurze, an art professor, emphasizes spacing when teaching interior design to her students in room 133 in the Center For The Arts building.
“Interior design is about how you organize space and its functions,” said Kurze.
The function of space is far from the first thought when the average person walks into a room. However, how far apart tables are in a restaurant and the width of a hallway are crucial when designing a room.
After all, it wouldn’t feel comfortable sitting at one long table jammed with strangers as opposed to a smaller table where each individual has their own personal space. Anybody would be annoyed to walk into a busy hallway without the walking space for more than one person. People would be awkwardly bumping into one another and sidestepping constantly.
“Where do you want the fridge in relation to the stove or sink?” asked Ashley Estabrook, a student of Kurze.
The stove and sink should be relatively close. After all, racing 10 feet across the kitchen with a huge pot full of pasta and boiling water just to reach the sink is a recipe for burning something other than the pasta.
Spacing is fundamental to interior design, but more intricate details like the shape of a table can greatly affect a room’s atmosphere.
“King Arthur’s Round Table was such a big deal because everybody was equal,” said Kurze.
Kurze noted that a long rectangular table would not be ideal for peace talks since there is a head of the table who gains immense power from the positioning and thus the peace talk would be longer than the war.
A round table on the other hand possesses no such head peering down at the rest of the table and, as a result, the gazes are leveled.
Color, although much more obvious, also plays a significant part when designing a room.
“For a law-firm, it’d be a dimmed down color,” said Sammy Galvis, another student of Kurze‘s. “You wouldn’t make it hot pink.”
Since law firms are a more serious atmosphere, Galvis wouldn’t use bright colors like yellow and pink since they contrast with the work environment. Mellower colors like gray fit the mood of the law office more aptly.
Ideally, no building would be hot pink. This isn’t “Legally Blonde.”
“Sometimes when I look into a room, it just feels off,” Siyuena Deng, an environmental design major said. “And when I look at the details, I can find out why I think it’s not right, sometimes it’s the ceilings… sometimes it’s the lights.”
Next time when walking into a room take a second look. If it “feels off” consider taking a class in interior designing.