Whether you’re a professional designer or just bringing a new look to your home, there are five elements you should always consider before embarking on any interior design project.
Space is not an element you will be forced to determine, however in order to be successful you must understand and realize the limits and potential set forth by a room’s space constraints.
You can use lines to direct the overall mood of a room. Vertical lines create a formal atmosphere and balance the horizontal lines of furniture, which tend to be more casual. Diagonal lines are attractive, though they can become distracting if overused. They can be softened by curved lines, which will grant your room a soft, feminine atmosphere.
Join lines to create geometric figures such as rectangles, triangles, circles and ovals. Use them to shape and manipulate the dimensions your space.
Obvious, no doubt, but color is the most important element of design. It can generate moods, tell stories and dramatically call attention to what might otherwise be the plainest corner of your room.
What’s appealing to the eye might not be appealing to the touch. Remember that your space is for living. You will be interacting with it in a tactile way, so it’s important to choose fabrics and materials that are alluring to the touch, as well.
How does your space utilize these five elements? Knowing what they are, do you look at your room differently?
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Every so often, interior designers get clients who want a home straight out of a magazine. Down to the last detail, they demand the same furniture, the same wallpaper, the same accessories, etc. to capture the essence of what they believe is their dream home.
However, therein lies the problem and the solution – they want the “essence.” No one truly wants the room that they see in a magazine – they want something similar but ultimately tailored uniquely to them. A person’s room and a person’s home are like a self-portrait or a reflection. A room you like in a magazine is not a reflection of you, just a small signal of your taste.
By all means gather inspiration from magazines and websites, but never ever try to capture the magazine. The magazine is not you.
Instead, figure out what it is you like about the room in the magazine. Is it the color? The style? The furniture? The layout? Whatever factors you find so alluring, identify them and let them inform your own design, not dominate it.
Separate the inspiration from the implementation. You can probably find a way to capture your dream home that’s far more inexpensive and practical than whatever you see in a magazine.
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What stands out in this picture?
Red has been popping up everywhere recently (thanks Valentine’s Day). It’s a bold, fierce color, capable of polarizing and inviting.
Home decorating with red is always a tantalizing idea, considering it’s connotations with nobility, courage, strength and sexuality. It can raise the heart rate and stimulate the senses (why do you think theaters use red curtains?). It suggests activity, energy and vigor.
Despite red’s seemingly benevolent powers, be careful with it. The color is a fickle mistress and too much red can quickly overwhelm a room. Much like abrasive noise or bright lights, too much becomes a battery assault of the senses, leaving inhabitants stressed, impatient and aggressive, like an ex-lover on Valentine’s Day.
If you want to play it safe, consider using red primarily for accents and interspersing the color with less vivid hues. Or take a walk on the wild side.
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