Interior Design as Personalized Performance

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The interior is the space that reflects who we are, our tastes, personal style and often times, our stance within society. Whether your style is modern, eclectic, French country, classic or minimalistic, the aesthetic reflects who you are to your visitors. In the 15th century the interior meant two things. First and foremost, it is the differentiation between the inside and the outside. Second and most significantly, the interior described the inner spiritual nature of the soul. This was a notion that affected interior design for hundreds of years following (excluding certain design movements led by people like Le Corbusier, but that’s a whole different story). Thus, when decorating your home, it is important to add something that clearly portrays who you are as an individual. In this day and age, whether you want to buy fabric online or a couch online, materials and interior decoration items can all be found on the web and at affordable prices as well.

Either way, it is ultimately the use of colors that both tie the room together and reflect the individual. Whether you prefer vibrant colors or neutral tones, you are indicating your personality through aesthetic. The use of color is also practical when you want to tie in certain pieces from different periods. For example, if you inherited your grandmothers bright blue couch which happens to be in fantastic condition, that is okay because you can tie that piece into the room using objects of similar color to tie the piece in. Whether its by incorporating a couple of blue books on your bookshelf, blue pillows, a painting with similar colors or a decorative blue bowl, the room is being tied in with that key color of choice and is also reflecting who you are.

Aside from the use of color, it is important to make sure that the room is functional while appealing to its’ aesthetic. The builder of the Eiffel Tower, Gustav Eiffel once said, “The first principle of architectural beauty is that the essential lines of construction be determined by a perfect appropriateness of its use.” Thus, every room must have a particular function and every piece of furniture or object should be used for something. When you begin to have pieces in your room that do not have any functional purpose, you begin to enter the realms of clutter, which is a design faux-pas.

The interior décor of ones home acts as a performance, a ritual that occurs amongst all people. These performances are different depending on gender, taste, ethnicity, experience and so on. Everyone has a distinctive personality and thus a distinctive performance. Therefore the design of your interior décor should allow you to reflect with pride who you truly are, be it by the use of color, choice of furniture and functionality in a clean and organized manner.

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