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# Does interior design require math?

4 August, 2021 Matthew Roberie 5

• AUTHOR: NOAH GRUMBLES
16 August, 2021

Those who design furnishings need to know how to solve various equations and graphs. The field of architecture requires a strong mathematical background but interior designers don't require such knowledge when they're designing rooms or individual items. Interior designers are more likely to use their creativity instead of mathematics when designing an object or space, like calculating the dimensions for a specific piece of furniture. These calculations make sure an item will fit in its designated space correctly before it is delivered there, not calculating architectural issues within the final product itself.

• AUTHOR: ALEXANDER PECORA
16 August, 2021

It's important to note that mathematics is not just counting measurements, doing addition and subtraction, multiplying and dividing. Algebra will often come in handy when trying to figure out how many yards of fabric you need for a specific project. Geometry is used when you're creating patterns or designing your own custom furniture. Trigonometry comes in handy when figuring out the angles on custom windows and doors.

• AUTHOR: JEREMY SCHROEDER
16 August, 2021

It requires understanding spatial geometry.
This is a complicated subject, and one that is more difficult to quantify than other professions with a math requirement like medicine or engineering. You could say that the elements of interior design have a natural mathematics to them (such as need for ratios in line widths). Computational skills are required in designing any project (think about measuring floor space). Trigonometry can be used in almost anything you do, but very rarely uses trigonometry on its own without having it's values derived from equations from physics first. If you're really keen on using math, there are many careers such as engineering where mathematicians would never be found without applying rigorous mathematical principles to their work.

• AUTHOR: ZONIA ANTES
16 August, 2021

Yes, there is a high degree of math that interior designers must learn. While the basics of algebra are often taught to design students early on in their educational careers, many times they are not taught more advanced mathematical concepts. In order to succeed in this field, one would need to acquire a background in calculus and differential calculus. These subjects have not been traditionally been emphasized in the other sciences (though it's gaining more ground), but may be required for life science majors.

• AUTHOR: NANCIE ANTES
16 August, 2021

Yes, in a way. But not the "solving equations" kind of math. The math used in interior design is more so problem-solving and spatial reasoning. One must first ask themselves how to create space and then what furniture or decor will fill that space before one finalizes things with color schemes and details (textures, patterns, etc.). Therefore, there are a number of skills required including basic geometry, understanding measurements like scale ratios between two large objects or the relationship between ceiling height to rug heights for an even floor surface (see Pythagorean theorem).