Proportion as it relates to interior design

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ann Elizabeth Sloan (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Clara Ridder

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of proportion as it pertains to interior design. The historical significance and conceptions of proportion in design today were reviewed. Broadly defined, proportion is the quantitative relationship between objects and areas. It is the relationship of sizes and shapes. Since scale refers to size it is related to proportion. Sizes of things are compared to sizes with which one is familiar. Basic to all sizes is the size of man. The human scale is the basis for design since all designs are executed for human beings to enjoy. The relationship of sizes between parts of an object, between objects, and between objects and the whole is of concern to a designer. In interior design proportion is concerned with the quantitative relationship of two or more of the design elements—line, form, color, texture, light, pattern, and space—to themselves, to each other, and to the whole.

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Language: English
Date: 1967

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