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.

Design Principals:

  1. 1. Scale refers to the size of an object as it relates to everything else in the room.
  2. 2. Proportion is relative to the objects to each other, for example, the size of the fireplace in proportion to the room size.
  3. 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. 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. 5. Symmetry relates to the arrangement of objects displayed on both sides of an imaginary center line.
  6. 6. Asymmetry is the balance between objects of various sizes as the result of the placement.
  7. 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.

Modern dining-room.

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