As a design professional, I see a lot of homes and meet with many homeowners who are in the midst of pulling their home together. It's the rare homeowner who has no clue what they want to achieve and quite a few homeowners have taken solid steps in putting their homes together before I arrive on the scene. Most design professionals apply a few basic design concepts to pull a design scheme together.
This month, I'm sharing some of the design principles that can help you put the finishing touches on your space. It's officially summer - stay cool and keep reading!
An interior design professional can certainly add a lot of value to the process of creating a beautiful environment within your home. But, if you understand a few key interior design principles, you can make better decisions when it comes to decorating, arranging and accessorizing your home. Keep these principles in mind and you will be on your way to creating a great space.
Balance. Arranging furniture, art and accessories throughout a space so that the visual "weight" is well distributed and creates balance in a room.
Rhythm. Easy to understand when it comes to music, rhythm works almost the same in design. Repeating patterns, colors, shapes or types of objects throughout a room reinforces a design and creates a sense of well, rhythm.
Harmony. Similar to rhythm (there are a lot of music references here!), harmony is achieved through a unified, cohesive group of design elements. A similar tone or color, used throughout the room below for example, creates harmony.
Emphasis/Focal Point. Whether it's a fireplace, a great view or a large piece of furniture, most rooms have a focal point. Make the most of it, balance it with the furniture arrangement or celebrate it by accessorizing it carefully.
Proportion and Scale. The objects in your space related to each other. A giant sofa paired with a dinky coffee table never feels right. Similarly, a large fireplace can be balanced by more substantial seating pieces. That's scale.
Keep these ideas in mind when you think about your spaces or contact us - we'd love to help.
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Design Rules of Thumb
Who hasn't been at your local big box store or lighting outlet and spotted something that you love but that you aren't quite sure will work in your space? A few rules of thumb can come in handy when you are about to select your new chandelier, dining table or hanging your drapery.
- How large should that chandelier be? Add the length and width of the room in feet and whatever number you come up with is, in inches, your guide. So a 15 by 20 foot room would need a 35 inch wide fixture.
- Hang that chandelier or fixture about 36 inches from the top of the table.
- Looking for the perfect table but aren't certain about the size you need for your type of use or the size of your family? A 36 inch wide rectangular table is great for conversation. A 48 inch round table seats six comfortably and a 60 inch round table will accommodate eight.
- A gallon of paint will cover approximately 400 square of wall.
- Mount your drapery as high as possible. I typically leave about three inches between the top of the drapery rod and the ceiling or crown molding. Don't leave your drapery with the "high water" look either. The bottom of your drapery should either be just slightly off the floor or have a slight "break" similar to a man's trouser leg.
- Hang pictures (generally) at eye level - 5'4" to 5'8" from the floor.
- An area rug should be large enough to tuck under (at least) the front feet of the largest piece of furniture in the room. If the area rug is in the dining room, the rug should be large enough so that if a chair is pulled out from the table, the legs should still rest on the rug.
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