The concept of positive and negative spaces in interior design


When talking about positive and negative spaces, it's important

first understand the term "space" in itself. Indoors

designs any volume that is contained in the masonry

walls and are habitable is normally called space.

The volume that is enclosed in an architectural structure is

just a small fraction of the large amount of "universal space".

By universal space, I mean the cosmos or gigantic immensity

in which our planet and all other planets survive, etc. etc.

The volume, which is contained in a building, varies according to

the use of the building. A cinema and a bedroom will surely

have different goals and therefore a volume. Volume is defined by

three factors, the length, width and height of the living room

But regardless of the volume, the two types of buildings mentioned

above have "spaces" enclosed within. Consider the room

for the sake of this article.

A typical bedroom will have some architectural elements

attached to it during the construction of the building and

some "imposed" later for proper operation. Also

It is important to note that no one builds bedrooms in isolation.

A room is always part of the plan of the entire house.

Architectural elements already present in a room would be

adjoining toilet and its entrance door, adjoining terrace or

rear entrance, adjoining study room. All these spaces have

works as an additional role in a bedroom. Now, the "imposed"

elements are the furniture in the room, other accessories

will occupy the space in a bedroom.

A typical bedroom will have a double bed, a wardrobe, a walk-in closet

table, bedside tables, study table, book shelf etc. All of these

are necessary to use the room comfortably. When these

furniture are arranged in a room what remains is called the

"circulation space". Now, most people think that the volume of

the remaining furniture and empty space must have a balance

between them. Because it's not the busy volume, but the

Empty volume, which decides comfort levels inside a room.

If you visit a storage room in the basement of a house that is

normally used to throw unnecessary things, you will notice that the

empty space remained is very less and so the comfort levels

there, are poor. So, in interior design, "empty space" is

equally important. Now here is the concept of positive and

negative spaces. Normally, a negative space is considered a

Space that can not be used for a specific human activity

But this is not true. As said above the most of all levels of comfort

in a room is determined by both the occupants and not occupied

spaces. So, the smallest piece of floor area that is not

busy will contribute to comfort levels.

That's why the terminology of being positive and negative

until usability is considered a personal matter. What

you think as a useless and non-functional space can become a

good place for your kid and his friends when they play hide and seek and

search. It's just the point of view of looking at what matters.

Also a little creativity can change a non-functional space in

a functional. But remember what I said earlier, on the inside

The design of empty space is important. This is not just beautiful furniture,

expensive paintings / wallpapers / paintings that will decorate

your rooms. Finally, it comes down to one thing, you and

Your mental and physical health in this space

I hope this article has been helpful to everyone.

Copyright Shrinivas Vaidya


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