A ‘Quick Study’ with Design Terminology – Form, Organize, Character…
Words, words, mere words. When writing about design I often use basic design terminology such as shape, form, order, and character. To me these terms are the building blocks of a space and make perfect sense … to others the terms might seem a bit vague when it actually comes to implementing their design for a space.
Here’s a ‘quick study’ using common design vocabulary to explain how this family room was created.
1. FORM (to place in order): In this project the client was tired of the divided space between the kitchen and family room. Solution, remove the wall and create an open floor plan. Once the wall comes down, the strategy is how to use new architectural elements (needed for structural support) to form the space.
2. ORGANIZE (to arrange methodically): Using the new architectural elements, I organized the room with furniture, lighting, and storage…the furniture layout follows the form of the space.
3. CHARACTER (emphasizing distinctive traits) : Link the elements in your space and build character by adding visual details with columns, moldings, beams, accent lighting, and colors.
Here are a few BEFORE photos to show how the design evolved.
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