What exactly is a theme? To make things simple let's put it this way. A theme is nothing but a group of design elements combined together and given a name.
Some of the common theme names we have heard are
1) Contemporary theme
2) Oriental theme
3) Country theme
So a theme includes elements of decorating that are responsible for a drastic change in any given interior space. What these elements can be? A theme might include colors, finishes, textures, specific
shapes to be used, budget restrictions, or even a material of only by a particular manufacturer.
Such a group of design elements when combined together gives birth to a "theme". It is perfectly possible to add, delete, modify, alter, replace any one or all elements in this theme. It all depends
on what you like / dislike.
For example If I say that a "contemporary design theme" does nor should not include a specific color for ceiling in the living room, you have total right to modify the above statement and make your
own depending upon what you like / dislike. SO any design theme is always evolving and you can use "creativity" to give birth to new themes.
But what about the themes that are already existing?
1) Contemporary design theme:
In these type of designs much emphasis is given on "simplicity" and straight lines and forms. this type theme says that a square in it itself is a beautiful and "balanced" entity since most design elements
in this theme are simple forms made of straight lines.
Also plain colors with their shades are used to create a "play" of light and shadows.
2) Oriental design theme:
In these type of design majority of surfaces are treated for "relief work" such as textured plasters with heavy decorating, wallpapers, with decorating prints of natural elements such as leaves, flowers,
scenery. Surfaces are treated as a way of expression.
3) Country design theme:
In this theme more and more natural elements are used for creating furniture and other elements. that's why more country houses have wooden furniture, wooden flooring, shutters, ceiling made of wood etc.
So wood is used as a major language of expression.
While selecting theme for your living room it is necessary to first analyze what you like most and the budget criteria. Once this has been identified finding design elements that fits your design theme is
relatively easy. But one thing must be kept in mind that a living room is the face of your home. Once you decide or finalize the theme for your living room, it becomes almost necessary to use the same theme for rest of the room.
Of course this is not an absolute rule, but keeping a common theme for your entire home helps to maintain a visual balance.
I hope this article was helpful to everyone.
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