Design 101: Design Basics
Developing an eye for interior decorating/design is as simple as knowing your favorite color schemes, plus learning how to use the simple principals of good design.
Design is so much more than creating a space that's pretty, it's about creating an environment that you love. The most simple way to design a space is to decide what do you want the room to feel like when you walk in. Do you want a fun and cheery space? Do you want a warm and inviting space? What is the function of the space? Whatever you decide, just make sure you use the design principals when creating the space; scale, proportion, line, balance, symmetry, asymmetry, and harmony/rhythm.
- 1. Scale refers to the size of an object as it relates to everything else in the room.
- 2. Proportion is relative to the objects to each other, for example, the size of the fireplace in proportion to the room size.
- 3. Line defines the space. Two-dimensional space includes flat surfaces, like the floors, walls, and ceilings. Three dimensional is the depth of the space, like the combination of the walls, floors, and ceilings.
- 4. Balance is the relationship between objects that are natural and soothing to the eye, such as, large and small furnishings that should always be distributed evenly throughout the room.
- 5. Symmetry relates to the arrangement of objects displayed on both sides of an imaginary center line.
- 6. Asymmetry is the balance between objects of various sizes as the result of the placement.
- 7. Harmony/Rhythm refers to the repetition of patterns. The secret to creating the perfect flow is balance; always add at least one contrasting element for interest.