Creating a cohesive interior design for your home isn’t difficult if you know a few basics. It can be fun to decorate your home in a way that combines all the different elements to create the look you’ve always wanted.
Here are some proven tips to make your home a designer’s home.
As they say, start from scratch. Your apartment is likely to be an amalgamation of furniture, artwork, decorations, and accessories that you’ve collected over time. To create the perfect designer look, you must first consider the purpose of each room, how it should look, your personal preferences, variable and constant features, and ultimately the budget available to you.
Start with the key elements.
The success of your floor plan depends on the balance you create. Proportions, balance, contrast, rhythm, pattern/texture, and harmony are the basic elements of good design. Understanding how these elements work together will help you design a room that is not only beautiful but comfortable and functional as well.
The scale is one of the most important considerations when designing the look of a room. A properly balanced room is inviting, but an unbalanced room can feel cramped and unfriendly. The trick is to match the elements of scale. A large, cramped sofa requires an equally large side table or coffee table, but if you don’t, the accouterments will disappear because the sofa will dwarf their proportions. If you’re thinking about scale, look for a piece of furniture in another room that matches the accents in your room.
There are two ways to create balance, the first being asymmetrical structure where everything is perfectly balanced. The asymmetrical design reflects the two overall aspects of everything or things in the room. For example, place one chair directly against another chair, like this one. This creates balance, but it also creates a static room that lacks visual interest and energy. Experienced designers use asymmetry to create this interest. Objects are balanced because they are judged by their visual weight rather than by their pair. For example, you could have a large couch on one side of the room, a key table in the middle, and a floor lamp behind it, balanced by two large, crowded chairs. These elements are visually balanced, even if the sofa is not the same size or shape. This design works because it maintains balance in the asymmetrical arrangement of the furniture.
Imagine walking into a white room with a white rug and white furniture. Boring, right? Contrast is a subtle use of color to create a scene in a room. Bold colors create energy, while complementary, soothing hues create a sense of reassurance. The greater the contrast, the easier it is for the human eye to follow the design intent of the room, using color and contrast to move visually from one room to another.
Creating a contrast between light and dark tones is very effective, but it can also be annoying. To maintain the mood of the room, you’ll want to use rhythm. This means reusing certain colors, patterns, textures, or themes throughout the room. Pick a few primary colors and repeat them in different ways to match your colors, fabrics, and accents.
Patterns and textures.
As the eye moves around, they capture certain patterns. These are grouped so that a blue wall is connected to a striped fabric that is also blue. An inappropriate pattern will clash in your mind and affect the look of the room. Again, you’ll want to choose one or two basic patterns or textures and vary them within the color palette you’ve already created for the room. These patterns/textures are placed next to the contrasting and rhythmic elements of your home decor.
If you’ve ever heard three singers singing different parts together, you already know what harmony is. The same is true of a house harmony. Different colors, different patterns, and different proportions create a new look like never before because when three different parts sing together, new notes are created. Suddenly, the room is complete. If you remove just one element, it seems less harmonious. Achieving harmony will help you achieve your design goals.