The Science Of Interior Design

via ELLE Decor Magazine

Elements And Principles

Interior Design is not a mysterious process of sweeping hand gestures and inflated speech; design pros follow clear rules.  They understand and observe the Elements and Principles of design with predictable results.  When used well each component reinforces the designer’s concept.  These Elements of colour, space, line, shape or form, texture and pattern,

“Interior Designers do more than pick accessories; they apply knowledge of Environmental Psychology.”

and these Principles of emphasis, balance, harmony or unity, rhythm, proportion and scale are skillfully used to manipulate how a space is perceived, one’s feelings about being in it and behaviour while there.  As example, in a public space conceived to encourage gathering and personal interaction, not only the type, pitch and height of seating but also the distances between seats and their angles are carefully chosen to stimulate desired behaviours.  Interior Designers do more than pick accessories; they apply knowledge of Environmental Psychology.

Read the next post to learn how professionals use the element of colour.      Happy IFI  #World Interiors Day! 

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What’s The Difference Between An Interior Decorator And Interior Designer?


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Interior Decorators are qualified by education to specify and purchase furniture, lighting, window coverings, flooring, moulding,fixtures, art and wall coverings and can apply knowledge of architectural styles used through history.  In Canada and some of theUnited States an Interior Decorator can plan spaces, design built-in permanent features and provide drawings, sketches or compu-ter renderings of such. They may be hired to manage a project and contract and supervise sub-trades.  While they are usually involved with the residential or retail sectors, they can use principles of design to transform any space.

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Interior Designers meet all the qualifications above and in addition are trained to read blueprints and implement knowledge of local building code and government regulation.  They spend 2 years in school or 4 to earn a bachelor’s degree which is required to join a professional association in Canada.  They usually work on commercial, hospitality and institutional projects.



In Canada, Decorators who spend 300 hours in the right school can apply for professional membership with Canadian Decorators’ Association (CDECA) while U.S. Decorators with proper schooling may join Certified Interior Decorators International and add the credentials C.I.D. after their names.

Interior Designers who pass an exam are certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and usually keep up a professional membership with the an Association.  In the U.S. this is the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) or the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).  Canadian Designers are qualified members of Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) to use the appellation Registered Interior Designer (RID).

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Stunning Cement Tile Makes a Comeback

In the late 19th century, France, a blending of natural metallic oxides, powdered marble and fine sand with portland cement was discovered as a way of making tile, which over time and depending on the locale have come to be known as cement tiles, encaustic cement tiles, hydraulic tile, incrusted tile, impost or mission tile.

Bespoke Tile and Stone

The process is simple: the blend is spooned into a mold and squeezed by hydraulic presses before being water cured and aged for strength. Both the materials and process are genuinely eco-friendly.  Unlike ceramic tiles, which are usually glazed and fired, very little energy goes into production.  Cement tile has slight irregularities and imperfections, giving the tiles an appealing artisan quality that beats ceramic floor tile for character.  Because the pattern is several millimeters deep you’ll get decades of service as they develop a natural patina.

Aqua Surf tile from Villa Laguna Tile

Aqua Surf tile from Villa Laguna Tile custom is to design one group of 4 tiles.  each single tile is rotated 90* to contribute to one motif and when groups of these are arranged over a surface an interlocking tessellation or pattern comes to view.  Since cement tile can be molded in endless shapes; hexagonal, rhombus, ogee, arabesque and more and any colour, you may want to submit your own design for a project.  Where have you used cement tile?

Help Save Fulani Tradition

A tribe from West Africa, the Fulani are known for their unique local hand-made textiles.  But with the young no longer learning this traditional style of weaving the art is slowly dying out.  Julie and Ibrahima Wagne are trying to prevent that.  By exporting the fabrics woven by these aging artisans, or MabuuBeto to an new appreciative audience, they hope to fund textile arts training for younger Fulani thereby saving this beautiful aspect of their culture.  Do you think the Wagnes have the right idea?  Click through the images to learn more.  

Colourful Petel Design toss cushions

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sagrada familiaAntoni Gaudi’s church under construction 130 years reflects biomorphic design; features inspired by nature, such as branching columns intended to reflect trees.

“God’s Architect”: Antoni Gaudi’s glorious vision

March 10, 2013  60 Minutes – CBC News

Architect Antoni Gaudi’s vision for the Sagrada Familia, a church under construction for over 130 years, is aided by modern technology. Lara Logan reports.

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The Fabric Of Twent Inox Architectural Wire Mesh


Twent Inox makes flexible metallic fabrics for architecture, interior design, industrial design and other artistic applications.

The stylishly strong metallic fabric is available in eleven patterns.  visit website  Would you use it in a project?


Dri-Design Panels with Imaging Technology by Dupont


How it works

Dri-Design Imaging Technology is an exclusive method of sculpting three-dimensional pixels into Dri-Design panels that reflect light and form images. Using this exclusive computer software technology, we can reproduce any image – from a graphic design or company logo, to a photo or drawing – by calculating the optimal reflective position of each and every 3D pixel, and then sculpting multiple, uniquely oriented 3D pixels of varying lengths, breadths and heights into the Dri-Design panels. This creates a 3D, almost holographic image that presents a slightly different appearance, depending on the lighting and viewing angle.


Intended for both interior and exterior applications, the panels are especially effective in settings where designers want to create or expand on a theme, send a specific message or elicit a certain feeling. Dri-Design Imaging panels have all of the durability, ease of installation and environmental friendliness that you’ve come to expect from Dri-Design, with the added visual interest of a three dimensional image.

Have To Love Vitrealspecchi Architectural Glass

Instead of traditional sand-blasting, Vitrealspecchi uses acid etching techniques on lacquered or silvered glass to created a range of effects, from their madras lacquered float glass, to tempered back-splashes for the kitchen.  They offer doors & partitions, flooring (yes!), furnishings and products for bathrooms and building.


Monozukuri At IFA 2012 Berlin

Results of Monozukuri, or  “the duplication of design data into a material” and the “art, science and craft of making things” are on display for the next few days at berlin’s biggest show-and-tell for electronics, the IFA.  One of the world’s smallest computers is exhibited by telefunken.  It has the same format as a USB stick and can transform all televisions and screens into intelligent terminals.  lifeproof’s nüüd case for the iPhone & ipad meets military specs and protects even under water.

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de’longhi introduced its reaction to a new london coffee-making trend at IFA 2012 with its “flat white” featuring a dedicated ‘milk’ button.  Meanwhile visitors can admire the world’s first flat screen televisions to incorporate OLED technology, that will make displays even thinner, brighter and more efficient – all personal goals of mine by the way.

Seiko Epson Corp is working on bracelets that can transmit the wearer’s health data to a doctor or family member and 2nd generation video glasses that can be used to watch films while engaging in other mundane activities like high-speed driving.  they will be smaller and lighter than the company’s 1st gen video glasses named moverio.

UCLA Realizes Electricity-Generating Windows

Timon Singh reports in an article for Inhabitat that a team from UCLA has developed a new transparent solar cell that has the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. In short, they’ve created a solar power-generating window! Described as “a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC)” that produces energy by absorbing mainly infrared light instead of traditional visible light, the photoactive plastic cell is nearly 70% transparent to the human eye—so you can look through it like a traditional window.  read more