Does one really need to take a course in interior design to learn how to spruce up their own living room, gardens or furniture? Will you need to pay a thousand dollar course just to design rooms and make a living? Honestly, anybody could learn how to do interior design. You just need to know the five principles associated with the account.
Imagine the solar system. The circulating planets and the sun’s appearance makes sense because the sun is the brightest part of the system. It is the focal point of the design, both aesthetically and scientifically. In a room, a “sun” also exists. In a living room, for example, a fireplace is the focal point. The design, texture and its “feel” will serve as the foundation of the design.
Imagine a spiral. You are led to the middle of the pattern because all the lines are pointing towards it. Your middle is your focal point, the rhythm are your spiral lines.
Using the example above, the visual guide towards the fireplace could have logs or certain identical knick-knacks or plants leading to the focal point. This repeating pattern will also lead the eyes away to other components of the house, which creates a visual movement that is appealing and exciting.
Rhythm could be done in repetition using the same design element more than once through a space.
When you use progressing, you could improve the qualities of your same-design element to introduce a pattern of progression.
Every room has a “Visual Weight.” A room’s visual weight is distributed as evenly as possible. For example, a bright-colored hanging streamer in the wall gets more attention than anything bright placed on the ground. Finding the balance between objects in a room is crucial to make it successful.
Use balance according to your taste. In some instances, a room with a certain imbalance creates a new character for the room. It also helps create new vibrance and taste in a room as well.
A room’s color will always have great impact to its viewer. Every color introduces a new intensity to the surroundings. Colors behave in three ways, active, passive and neutral. Mix and match rooms to your taste. Light colors create a sense of airiness and wideness. Meanwhile, dark colors introduce sophisticated and warm emotions.
Scale and Proportion
Scale and proportion go hand in hand. The ratio of one design element to another is called proportion. Meanwhile, size of one object compared to another is called the scale.
A principle for scale and proportion is to ensure that no object outsizes the other, or rather, the outsizing of the object has a close enough ratio towards the scale of the object.
For example, using different sizes of stones for your rhythm design introduces a progression. However, if you introduce huge leaps in stone sizes for your rhythm design, you might find it quite awkward or an eyesore, not unless the room has significant size enough to make the stone look smaller.