The Seven Elements of Interior Design | Part Two

Design is more than throwing décor in a room and hoping some sort of magic happens.  There are several contemplated elements found in interior designs that are considered when creating a space.  Knowing how to spot these elements and facilitate them in your own home can give you a top-notch design.  As we saw in Part One, lines and space are crucial elements that establish boundaries in a home.  Now we will explore how forms, color, and light are vital elements that cannot be avoided when designing your space. 

Forms 

Form is the embodiment an object takes in a space.  The several ways form is classified, either geometric or natural, which consist of man-made versus organic or open and closed form, which include objects that can or cannot be seen through.  You can mix all of these forms into your home to eliminate negative space and create positive space.  Negative space is the emptiness of the house which is removed through adding “form” into an area. 

Color

Using color is a way to create a mood in the atmosphere.  All colors and combinations can change the overall psychological mindset of the area.  Learning color meaning is a great tool when designing your space.  The more you know on how each color can individually work, the better your ability to pair the perfect combinations in your own home. 

Light 

Light is extremely important in creating your home.  You can get light through windows or have artificial lights throughout your home.  Different lighting can be used throughout your home to help with your design.  Ambient lighting is used to blanket the whole space and create a clear, visible light in the area.  Accent lights are used to illuminate areas like décor or highlight artwork and sculptures.  You can use task lighting in areas where more lighting in need to perform a task, such as reading, cutting food, or painting. 

These three elements will start livening up your space and lines in the atmosphere.  You will notice how color, light, and form all add character and life to the area.  Lastly, textures and patterns are used to help the interior design.  Check out the final part of this series to learn more. 

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