7 Elements of Interior Design Series: Part 3 – Understanding ‘Form’.
In part 3 of this 7-part series exploring real estate photography composition tips through the seven elements of interior design, we discuss ‘Form’. Developing a basic understanding of the 7 elements of interior design as a real estate photographer assists you in easily identifying the elements (within an interior or exterior space) in which you can work with to create a more visually striking composition. Understanding ‘Form’ is crucial for real estate photographers.
Introduction to Form in Interior Design
Form is one of the foundational elements of interior design and is created through the physical shape of a space or room and the three-dimensional object within it. Form is enhanced by colour, pattern and textures, and can be classified as either natural or geometric, and open or closed. Generally, rectangular shapes can protrude a feeling of boldness and seriousness, while round shapes provide a more relaxed, bubbly feeling to the viewer.
Organic and Man-made Form
Organic form refers to natural forms that resemble shapes created by nature (i.e. a free-standing bathtub with a fluid, pebble shaped structure. Man-made shapes and forms are known as geometric or un-natural forms.
Open and Closed Form
Open forms relate to the visible outlines of an open shape, i.e. a glass shower frame or walk in robe. Mirrors, lamps, indoor plants and most furniture are closed forms, also known as self-contained forms.’Open forms relate to the visible outlines of an open shape, i.e. a glass shower frame or walk in robe. Mirrors, lamps, indoor plants and most furniture are closed forms, also known as self-contained forms.
If you are styling a room your goal should be to strike a balance between the number of shapes you use in one room, as having too many within a room can be visually confusing. Best practice is to repeat the dominant form in the smaller objects within the space. For example, in an open plan kitchen/dining space you can use round bar stools along a kitchen bench to complement a round dining table.
Real Estate Photography Composition Tips: Conclusion
Form is your ally in real estate photography. Master it to create compositions that capture the essence of a space. Achieve balance in shapes, and watch your photos come to life.
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