Getting into shape

Getting into shape

February 10, 2019

Interior designer Noor Al Thani explains how she keeps in mind the overall shapes created by furniture and accessories when putting together an interior – and the appeal of graphically patterned accessories

Each space has a different look, colour and shape to identify it. The beauty of an interior space relies on the way in which different elements are balanced and used to create contrast.


Back to basics: creating good “shapes”

Drawn on a sheet of paper, shapes are simply two-dimensional areas, but they can have an endless variety of characteristics – sharp or curved angles, an open or closed area and so on. A simple shape can be created from an arrangement of complex lines.

The same is true within a room. The lines of furniture and accessories can form shapes that are appealing to the eye. Furthermore, “drawing” a line through your interior space can help create a path or a walk way, or enable you to decide where to place the edge of pieces of furniture. Keeping shapes in mind helps you determine the layout and placement of accessories.

There are three elements to consider when planning layouts: vertical, horizontal and dynamic lines. Only when all of these elements are present in the form of furniture and accessories will an interior have a strong, appealing shape or form.

They can be put together in any basic kind of shape, as a circle, cube or triangle. Many seating areas have a rectangular arrangement, to enable sitters on different sofas or chairs to interact with one another from all angles.


Balance and contrast

Balance is one of the most important elements in designing a space. Creating balance starts with colour and goes on to the furniture – it’s all about feeling the stability and calmness of the space. Bear in mind the three types of balance: symmetrical (formal), asymmetrical (informal) and radial balance, which is based on a circle with its design extending outwards.

Contrast, however, is what gives impact to a space. Creating contrast is key to creating a room that has a memorable look or design.


Shapes within shapes

Graphic shapes also feature on many pieces of furniture and patterned carpets, duvet covers and textiles. Before making your choice, remember two main opposing elements must be taken into consideration: how crowded and how colourful is the room?

In some interior spaces, such as a modern-style living room with neutral-coloured furniture, sofa, carpets and walls, colourful cushions with different shapes and images and sharp and soft angles will catch the eye, breaking up and completing the space.

Elsewhere, interiors with simple, neutral-coloured sofas and plain cushions are designed the other way around. To complete the room, shapes can be added – shapes on a colourful, graphically patterned carpet and by creating a wall montage of pictures in different sizes.

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