Interior design is an art and a science. While calculations are vital to architectural design and structure, there is still an art to creating a visual-appealing space. When creating your space, there are seven key elements you should always have in your mind. Look at your home now and put it to the test to see if you have successfully used these elements properly in your design. Afterward, you can also see where you need to improve. Let’s get started!
Every design needs to consider space. For example, how functional your space is and how much space is available? You want your design to feel unobtrusive. Consider the area in which you live and have boundaries. In some cultures, sitting extremely close to someone is normal, whereas, in American culture, we like to have a more substantial “personal bubble.” You want to take this factor into consideration.
Just by moving into a room, you are already going to have lines. However, have you considered if your lines agree? Some design styles may call for a curvature or very straight, direct lines. Make sure your furniture and décor have lines that complement each other.
Your lines will work on a two-dimensional plane, yet forms are looking at everything as a three-dimensional shape. Do the forms in your room work together? Make sure your furniture style feels coherent.
Without light, we would not be able to maneuver throughout our environment. Proper lighting can create the mood in the room. Most rooms will have a general light in which blankets over the space and provides an adequate amount of light to function. However, you should consider accent lighting or task light to create the most out of your space.
There are infinite ways to create a successful color palette. Once proper lighting is applied to a room, you can use color to help enhance your theme. Color has psychological influences on how we perceive the space. Make sure you find colors that agree with each other.
Texture is the quality of a surface. Whether you can touch it or not, we put textures on our walls, furniture, and floors to help create our homes. Texture helps create depth and uses our physical sense of perception: touch.
Lastly, all these elements need to agree with each other. Your space should provide a sense of harmony and agreeance. Make sure your furniture, floors, colors, and lights, textures, and everything in between feel like it has a purpose and is well-balanced.
How did your design do? This checklist can help you test your own space. Make sure you have properly given homage to all these vital elements to interior design, and for more insight on design and home improvement, make sure to subscribe.