Interior Designing Today:
Interior designing is an art as well as a science. It aims at converting the dream called a beautiful home, into a reality. A skilled designer, armed with lots of creativity and knowledge in the field can use his/ her magical hands to turn any basic shelter into a beautiful home. Its usage is not confined just to houses, but also extends into the inner spaces of any other type of building such as a commercial space or an office space. These days, the services of people skilled in this area are in great demand, turning it into a highly profitable profession as well. In response to this trend, courses focusing on this department are experiencing a great inflow of students these days. Of course, the end result is a world sprawling with houses and buildings with charmingly crafted rooms. In today’s world, well decorated rooms are used as a means of visual and aesthetic pleasure to the owner of the space as well as to his/ her guests. With so much happening around, it is quite natural for anyone to think that interior designing is something exclusive to the modern world. Well, it’s not quite so. Let’s take a look at how the passion for home improvement existed even during the ancient, middle, medieval as well as the modern ages.
The Cave Age:
Yes, even the ancient cavemen had a penchant for beautifying their dwellings. Though there weren’t any professional courses in the field back then, individuals used to maintain a do it yourself attitude and used to decorate their own habitats. Decorations back then didn’t mean anything great or luxurious. Simple methods like carving using stones and finger painting on the walls of the caves were used. They used to decorate their dwellings with all sorts of pictures varying from those of supernatural elements to those of daily life scenes. And all such things were done using natural dyes obtained from flowers, vegetables etc. Apart from this, crude items like animal bones were used to decorate the entrances of caves and certain community areas, as the race started becoming more organized and developed.
The Middle Ages:
This age saw the use of interior designing for practical purposes, rather than for mere beautification. Being cursed to live in the dark ages riddled with the plagues of constant wars, exploitations, pirate attacks, famines, hunger, poverty, nomadic lifestyle etc, the common people never had a secure life, which kept them away from pursuing such arts. Moreover, the question of whether a house would survive for a long time or get destroyed soon loomed large. Even still, certain aspects of decorations were used for practical purposes. E.g.: Using rugs to insulate the residence from heat.
The Medieval and Colonial Period:
The art evolved a lot during this period. Due to the constant expansions and explorations carried out by various countries, the contacts between different cultures increased. Due to this, the world became a small place where a great mixing of ideas and cultural practices took place. This further led to a great interest in the field of arts, from the public. Thus the practice of decorating residences returned to the forefront again. During this time, huge rooms were adorned with all sorts of luxurious items. Chandeliers and oil paintings became more and more popular. The usage of curtains also became popular during this period. Professional architects were hired to sculpt the inners charmingly. During this time it was also an important part of life for many, as well ornamented residences were symbols of class and status.
Post World War Period and the 21st Century:
After the world wars, a major change took place in the trend of home improvement. The concept of class and superiority diminished, and so people started embellishing their dwellings, solely based upon their personal choices and tastes. Any type of artwork that gives pleasure to the senses has been in preference, ever since. The art also evolved as a subject of serious study, and came to be under the benign shadow of certain laws and professional guidelines. This tempted professionals to experiment with various styles and ideas, and different schools of thought such as art deco, pop, and modern styles etc came into being.
So we can understand that men were as much passionate about home décor during their earlier stages, as they are today. And the sagas of this amazing art will continue till the end of this planet.