Hyperbole – Emphasizing Prose and Puffery
Sometimes, while designing, we can unknowingly hit ‘hyperbole.’ It is a singular process that is mostly done in part by lack of knowledge or really bad judgment on the designer’s part. Hyperbole is actually an overestimation of the spaces structure. Every aspect of a three dimensional space is measured – it is that measurement that defines the criteria by which the color scheme, material palate and lighting is to be decided. Small spaces cannot articulate dark color or rich materials. Similarly large spaces cannot adhere to light schemes and glossy materials without the onset of a stark, austere effect. All of these aspects need to be carefully meted out in the process of initial design; otherwise the entire structure of space composition falls apart. ‘Overkill’ is one word to describe the hyperbole phenomenon. So today, we will be taking a look at a few interiors that have a wild case of the hyperbole.
Take a small, calculated place and fill it to the brim with uncontrolled texture and bright materials – what do you get? Disaster. Small spaces usually demand meticulous attention and careful appropriation of materials. If you make it too rich, not only would the space become claustrophobic but also concave on the insides. Just take a good look at the image below – although the space is tall, the heavy hand on textures and visual weight of the bright colors has taken away the sophistication of this space.
When you’re working on a thematic interior, you need to restrain yourself – going overboard would only hold back the true potential of your theme. If you look at the design below, you would note an excessive cluttering of space; the brick wall would have been fine on its own, but the addition of the chalkboard was just an overkill.
There is ‘going a bit overboard’ and then there is ‘purple prosing.’ This interior takes a well-established design style and purple proses its way into hyperbole. The Lego land texture pattern kills the movement of the eye and the giant skittle like seating fixture just seems like a garish articulation of funky.
Hot or Not
This interior style is trying too hard to be funky when it is not – not really in the ways that count. Maybe the furniture style is apropos for that particular theme, but when you count in the background the visual clutter is too much for an elegant funky theme.
A literal assimilation of concept into an interior theme needs to be subtle, otherwise it becomes the opposite of white noise. Just look at the football style theme interior below – the articulation of football hexagons on the shelves and the logo on the ceiling become a bit too much for a sophisticated interior aesthetic.