The ABC’s of Design | M-P

While taking all of the previous components into consideration, we are only halfway with our ABC’s of Design. Design contains a vast ray of different elements, components, décor pieces, theories, pseudosciences, and colors, which can all change how a room is interpreted visually. Here are four more features you should recognize in the world of design:

M | Mirrors
When it comes to illusions, mirrors are unrivaled in their reign of benefits that they can add to a home.  Mirrors will create the illusion that a room is bigger than it really is.  They have the power to take a poorly lit room and blanket the whole area in light just by reflection. Mirrors are crucial to use throughout your home to help your design scheme.  Never underestimate the value a simple mirror can have on a bland room.

N | Neutrals
Understanding the basics of neutral tones is essential.  Colors like beige, tan, and even gold can add color to a space without influencing it in a warm or cool toned direction.  Black and white are also strong neutral tones that are used to make a compelling contrast in your home.  Lighter neutrals are usually airy, fresh tones that can help open up the environment whereas neutral earthy tones can create an environmental-feel that is inspired more by nature and is well-grounded.

O | Outdoors
When designing your home, never neglect the outdoors.  Curb appeal is your homes first impression to an outsider.  More people will have the privilege of seeing the outside of your house than the inside, so consider your exterior design.  Windows, siding, roofing, and doors can all be indicators on your home’s upkeep and overall value.  Lawn maintenance and shrub care also play very significant roles.  Never let the beauty of the inside of your home start with a bad impression from the outside of your home.

P | Practicality
In residential and commercial design, functionality and practicality are the forerunners of design.  Just because a table looks grand and gorgeous does not mean it should go in your home if it does not fit.  Consider the space you need to maneuver around your house.  Also, think about the personal space for your guest.  Do not have a coffee table too far to sit a drink or chairs so close that people are sitting on top of one another.  Your room’s practicality should always be your first thought when designing a room.

You can see the importance of how design is not just limited to you but also to your guest, family, and friends. Having a design, not only indoors but outdoors as well, that accommodates for practicality as well as appeases to the masses is vital. Also, always try to make even the smallest space feel larger with the power of mirrors. Make sure to check out the rest of The ABC’s of Design series to have a full understanding of every vital element in design.

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