Fundamentals of Design Part 1

Like most procedures, there are guidelines and principles that outline the steps to creating a finished product. Whether perfecting a free-throw in basketball or writing an essay, there are steps in which you follow to successfully accomplish your end goal. Architects and designers have a list of basic elements which they will incorporate into there designs, but we are going to share with you ten fundamentals tips you can start including in your own home today. These are very generic guidelines, but when executed properly can completely transform a room and show the premeditate effort put into your space. Make sure to check out the rest of this series to get all the tips and tricks.

  • Lines
One of the most traditional elements to art is drawing a line. A line can either be used to separate space or pull one’s eye to a connecting point. Lines are useful for creating visual interest or geometric landscapes. Architects will make sure that the lines of their structures compliment one another. When using it in a design, lines or stripes can be used to emphasize the height or room’s value. If you have a room with a high ceiling, put stripes on the wall vertically will amplify the height visually. Likewise, if you have a long hallway, putting stripes down the hallway walls will make the space feel longer. Even in hardwood floors, typically, the floor will run with the length of the hallway. This is to make the room flow. You can be creative with stripes and lines by going diagonally or being sporadic. Make sure your lines have a purpose; sporadic can be dangerous but not impossible because lines can tend to clash if not done complimentary.

  • Shapes.
Shapes, like lines, are geometrically defined by their boundaries but are used more to emphasize space where lines can create boundaries and direction. Adding complimentary shapes in a room is a powerful way to express unity while emphasizing the room’s layout. If you have a round room and add a round table with circular mirrors on the walls, you can amplify your space with the table while attributing design style to the walls with the mirrors. These simple tricks can really help make a room feel well-thought-out, and the furniture will work well off each other. Try to think of shapes in the room that will help open the blueprint as well. If you have a box room and add a coffee table in the shape of a pentagon, you can be sacrificing space and the flow to the room.
Shapes and lines are just the basic geometrical basic to include in your room, but when it comes to elements such as balance and color, it can get a little more complex. Make sure to check out the rest of this series to learn everything you need to incorporate into your design.