10 Key Principals Of Interior Design

10 Key Principles Of Interior Design

Interior design is more than just picking a few throw pillows and adding an accent chair. Creating the right style, mood and ambiance is a thoughtful mixing of design elements to form the desired look.

Natural stone, reclaimed wood, soft fabrics and subtle colors are all design tools which when blended in just the right way, builds the style of a home.

There are 10 key principles of interior design:
1. Vision

The vision must be established at the very start. Will this home be a sleek, modern home with industrial elements or perhaps more traditional? Every detail should reflect the vision.

2. Unity

This is the main principle of design and every design feature must harmonize with the vision. Everything placed in the space should have a design purpose and complement the room to achieve unity.

3. Space

How much space is available and what function does it serve? For instance, a living room must be beautiful but available for the family to enjoy.

4. Light

A kitchen might be light and bright while a master bathroom could be subtle and relaxing.

5. Balance

This principle is used to ensure the space has a balance of elements which create a visual balance to the eye.

6. Movement

Movement is achieved through texture. Lines in the design elements can move the eye through the room.

7. Color

Nothing can be more important than color. Each hue offers a different sense of well-being. A blue or green room is relaxing while red
creates excitement and energy.

8. Emphasis

A special piece of furniture or bright wall can add interest to the space.

9. Contrast

Typically used with color, form or light, contrasting objects or forms can create a virtual division within a space for different functions.

10. Finishes and Fixtures

Designers use the smaller finishes to add detail and cohesion.

Interior design is an art. The designer carefully considers each of the above principles to build a vision for the client which suites their taste and lifestyle.

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