The Tangible and Intangible of Interior Design

The Tangible and Intangible of Interior Design

In every interior setting, there are always a plethora of aspects that end up defining the character and integrity of any space. Most of these are actual tangible aspects of design, such as colors, materials, lighting and finishes – things we can see and determine from a single look, things that are visually tangible in a single glance. While these are important, their delivery can sometimes become quite monogamous – a certain spot for a certain fixture, a certain color combination with another color and a certain trim with a certain interior element. Most interiors have a touch of an intangible aspect that sets it apart from the rest. These intangible aspects are hard to pin down in a single glance and can become the subtle carriers of the interior designs integrity. They are visually appealing, vary from interior to interior and more often than not, are highlighted by the other tangible aspects of an interior setting. Below, we will be discussing some of these intangible aspects of design in an interior setting.

The Wordsmiths

This particular interior setting revolves around a monochromatic color scheme. The dull gray, black and ash wood combination is elegant, but it would have been completely stark and austere, has it not been for the intangible aspect of its interior design. For this specific setting, it turns out to be the literal writing on the wall. That certain expanse of black would have been too much in too small a space to be actually of any aesthetic sense. The text on the wall is not only a welcome break, it is a stylistic expression that has come to define the space itself.

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(Interior DesignHome Renovation Image Source: Unity Interior Design Pte Ltd)

The Bold Lines

In any design, the physical appearance of elementary characteristics is a given. With this specific design, there is so much going on in an otherwise small space that it is hard to pinpoint any particular aspect of design properly. The use of light material and exposure to the right lumens save it from being an ostentatious mess, but the underlying intangible aspect of this interior is the bold lines. It may be hard to glimpse at first, but if you look carefully, the trend is repeated throughout the interior – the sleek lines of the media wall, the bold angles of the book shelves and the edgy borders of the furniture set. This intangible aspect is subtly defining the character of this interior without the viewer being any wiser.

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(Interior DesignHome Renovation Image Source: NID Design Studio)

Funk it Up

Having a base coat of modernism for an overlying almost retro scheme is not always a bad idea. Sometimes, these interiors come out looking like the best possible versions of themselves. In the image below, we see an otherwise drab interior with a bold color scheme defining the other half of its aspect. The modern retro hybrid is the tangible aspect, which hides the actual intangible lining of texture contrast. The painted white exposed brick wall is the actual intangible defining feature of this setting.

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(Interior DesignHome Renovation Image Source: Absolook Interior Design)

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