Design Principles 101
The basic interior design principles can transform any space to look fabulous. That feeling when you walk into a well-designed room ~ everything feels cohesive and put together. It just feels right. You can achieve that effect in your own home or office with a little knowledge of basic design principles. Practice, experiment, be bold ~ and you’re on your way to creating a beautiful home.
A feeling of equilibrium. Equalizing, approximating the visual weight of elements in the space. Balance can be created through shape, color, pattern, and texture. Symmetrical, asymmetrical, or radial, when elements in the space seem to form a circle, such as surrounding a round table, or curved seating.
Creating patterns of repetition and contrast to create visual interest. You can achieve this by using the same color or shape at different intervals. You can establish a rhythm by using a color in the pillows, picking it up in a painting, and echoing it again in a rug.
When all the elements act together to create a unified message. Using one prevailing color, for instance, even though your forms vary greatly in shape, size and texture.
Emphasis or Focus
A space needs an anchor. Points of interest such as a fireplace or a window with a beautiful view, artwork, or one fabulous piece of furniture.
Proportion and Scale
Proportion and scale ~ how the size of one object relates to another or to the space in which it is placed. For instance, a large overstuffed sectional in a small room will be out of scale.