Hey Guys! I am already halfway through the NYIAD Interior Design course and I am still loving every bit of it. Once again, my daily tasks and routines have put completing this course on the back burner. It’s hard balancing daily obligations with trying to learn and build something new. NYIAD has made this process so much easier though. I know for a fact that regardless of where I stop off, getting back into the groove of things will be a smooth transition. Plus I actually enjoy the content. Even though everything may not be specific to my industry, the information that I learn will help me become a well-rounded designer.
Taking this course is in an effort to learn the design fundamentals, as a foundation to become a better designer. As I complete each unit I will give an overview of each section for those interested in taking the course and as a method of documenting my process.
Previous Unit Reviews
What You’ll Learn
Furniture Arrangement: Form
Mediterranean and French Styles
Letters of Arrangement
Unit 3 Project
The Unit 3 project consisted of creating a cohesive furniture plan using the 6 steps discussed in the unit. First, determine the balance lines. Which are the four equal-sized quadrants that divide a room and that are used to organize furniture to achieve a balanced look. The Second Step, analyze traffic patterns. Decide upon the focus and position it on said balance line. Then establish the axis for the wall and carry it across the room along a balance line. The final two steps are; plan for secondary functions with any available space and subject your furniture layout to the balance test. I used all of these steps to create furniture plans for the bedroom and living room floor plans that were created in the previous unit. Also, I created a furniture plan for a dining room for a mock-client.
My only critique from the instructor in this unit was the furniture plan for the living. Having such a small space, having a dining room table might interfere with the flow of traffic. Other than that everything was perfect. I was actually surprised by how easy this project was, especially since a furniture cut-out sheet was provided. It made life a lot easier since I didn’t have to do much scale drawing by myself and it was to scale (¼” =1’-0”).
In all one thing that I learned, was the importance of having a furniture layout. To be honest, before reading this unit, when making over a space, creating a furniture plan was the last thing on my mind. I would go based on intuition and frankly what felt best. I now see how that can be a problem when trying to pick the right size furniture for a specific space. Even though it is a little bit more work on the front end I am a believer now that it is worth it in the end. Have any of you peeps ever created a furniture plan? What was your experience?