What is the best influence for interior design? How do you begin to develop a look, a style, or a repertoire? Is it just putting together things you like? There's a degree is a Bachelor's in Interior Design from School of Architecture in many universities these days … which is more interior architecture than it is decorating, but inevitably, decorating has to happen in the mix. Placement of objects, furniture, objets d'art. So much coursework in design is the history of fine art and architecture; it lays the groundwork for beginning to see.
The very best influence you can get to develop an eye is fine art. Study fine art, from the beginning till now… the masters, the ancients, the caves of Lasceaux the very start of all starts (viva la google!). All the elements of design must be present in fine art, and these elements are: line, color, shape, texture, space, and form. The principles of design are unity, plp (point/line/plane), balance, hierarchy, scale, dominance, similarity/contrast, and rhythm/pattern.
Early Picasso, Bust of Young Man
Early Klimt, Idylle
Later Klimt, The Kiss