Creating a cohesive interior design for you home isn’t that hard if you know some of the basics. In fact, decorating your home so that all the various elements combine to create the look you have always wanted can be a lot of fun.
To create the perfect designer look, you want to consider:
- the purpose for each room
- how you want it to look
- your personal tastes
- features that can and cant be changed
- your budget! Yes, seriously How much would you like to spend on a room or on the entire House?
Keep in mind that the fundamentals of good design are always: proportion, balance, contrast, rhythm, pattern/texture, harmony and a bit of FUN. Knowing how these elements work together will help you design your space so that its not only beautiful, but comfortable and functional as well.
Scale is one of the most important things to consider when creating the look of a room. A room that is proportioned correctly will feel welcoming while an incorrectly portioned room will feel crowded and unfriendly.
TIP: The trick is to match pieces in terms of their scale.
A large overstuffed sofa needs an equally large end table or coffee table; otherwise, these accents simply disappear as the sofa dwarfs them proportionally. Look to the other rooms in your home for furniture that may be a better fit with the focal pieces you have in your room.
When creating balance, theres two ways to go.
The first is symmetrical design, where everything is perfectly balanced. With symmetrical design, theres roughly two of everything or items are mirrored in the room. For instance, one chair is placed exactly opposite another one just like it. While this creates balance, it can also make a room look static and lacking any visual interest or energy.
The second is to use an asymmetrical design to create interest. Objects balance well because they are judged by their visual weight, not pairings. For instance, you may have a large sofa on one side of the room that is balanced by two large overstuffed chairs with an accent table in the middle and floor lamp behind. These pieces balance the sofa visually, even though they aren’t equal in size or shape. The design works because there is balance in the asymmetrical layout of the furniture.
TIP: Start with a simple symmetrical design and when you feel more comfortable try to switch and add asymmetry with accent furniture and accessories.
Imagine walking into a white room with white carpet and white furniture. Pretty boring, huh? Contrast helps draw the eye around a room through the intelligent use of color.
Bold use of colors creates energy while the use of muted shades in complementary tones creates calm.
The more contrast you create, the easier it is for the human eye to follow the intended design of the room, moving visually from one space to another, guided by the use of color and contrast.
While creating contrast with the use of light and dark tones can be effective, it can also create boredom. To keep the room connected, you want to use rhythm. This means reusing specific colors, patterns, textures or themes throughout the room.
Pick a couple main colors and repeat them in different ways in your paint scheme, fabrics and accents.
5) PATTERN AND TEXTURE
As the eye moves about a room, it picks up specific patterns. These are grouped together, so a blue wall is combined with a striped piece of fabric that has the same blue in it. Patterns that don’t fit create conflict in the mind, compromising the appearance of the space.
Pick one or two primary patterns or textures and vary them within the color palette you’ve already created for the room. Right alongside the elements of contrast and rhythm in home decorating is pattern/texture.
Harmony is the sense that all of the elements of your design fit together. They may fit the same theme, aesthetic style or mood. The important takeaway is that each distinct piece seems to belong together in some way, even if it is not identical to anything else.
Different colors, different designs and different proportions combine to create a new look that was never there before, just as new notes are created by singers singing three different parts. The room is suddenly complete. It has a look that if you remove just one element, wont have that harmonic feel to it any longer. When you’ve achieved harmony, you’ve achieved your design goals.
Wear your smile, start looking at Pinterest, Google, Instagram and understand what home decor or interior design style feels more like you!
Have Fun discovering your style and how to use the 7 key elements we just described.