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# Does interior decoration require math?

4 August, 2021 Edward Motsinger 4

• AUTHOR: KENNETH COBY
23 August, 2021

There is no need for detailed calculations when carrying out the basic principles of interior decoration.
However, math skills do come in handy when it comes to calculating quantities with some products and materials, generating budgets, making decisions about costs and selecting textiles depending on their quality. Interior design is also mathematical because every room in the house has its own characteristics that have a calculated ratio - space to wall ratios are a good example. For example 8ft by 11ft would mean an 8 foot wide room with a 1 ft wide wall on either side of it for hallways or fireplaces that don't protrude into the floor plan.

• AUTHOR: ZACHARY SCHILDGEN
23 August, 2021

No, but knowledge of basic math can be useful in making aesthetic choices. The conversion between metric and standard units of measure is often difficult to convert on an intuitive level, so the use of a calculator may be necessary for people without extensive math training. Even with a calculator, metric conversions are more complicated than what is done with non-metric measurements because there is no common relation between the number system used in one measurement and the other (i.e., base 10 vs. basThe answer is that interior decoration does not require math (usually). There are no equations to fill in on a whiteboard, for example.
There are two kinds of "math" involved with design: math closely related to geometry and chemistry; and math closely related to psychology and economics. The latter is usually more important when choosing colors, accessories etc., and the former relates more directly to space planning where it's just straightforward calculations about distances between objects. These calculations can be done online or they can be done by hand using squares/cm as units so there's really no need for elaborate methods or advanced formulas.

• AUTHOR: RYAN DREWS
23 August, 2021

Yes, math is necessary for any form of interior decoration. The art and science of decorating your surroundings can be broken down into some key measurements that are important to take before you even plan what furniture to put where. These measurements include wall size, room size, doorsize, ceiling height, door/window widths and heights and distance from window trim to window head. The widths of floors and stairs will also play a role in determining how much space the area will require. After those preliminary measurements are completed, the fun part begins with the decisions on paint color schemes (the ratios between dark colors-brights colors-neutral colors) as well as fabrics to use on pillows chairs etcetera.

• AUTHOR: WALTER PEKAR
23 August, 2021

Interior design requires math, yes. While it's true that interior design can be done without any formal knowledge of mathematics, you will find it hard to make sophisticated and informed decisions and while studying its principles will have a deep impact on the practical side of your work. So knowing at least math basics will be very helpful in your work.