Whenever designing the interior or exterior of a home, there’s a lot of knowledge and expertise involved. Usually an architect and interior designers are the ones that have all the know how when it comes to these things. However, you don’t have to be a professional to bring a little more order or expressivity to your personal spaces.
Here are some interior design basics.
First, balance. There are three kinds: radial, symmetrical, and assymetrical.
Symmetrical is the balance we all know – everything is the same on one side as on the other. IF you put a plant next to a chair, for example, you’d have to put another plant on the other side for it to be symmetrically balanced.
Asymmetrical balance means that things of a similar weight or size are placed opposite each other. This would be placing a small statue as a bookend, and a small vase of the same size or texture on the other end of the books.
Radial symmetry would be when everything radiates from the center. For example, a spiral staircase.
Second, rhythm. The room is boring if there’s no rhythm. Rhythm is repitition. You can hang up three of the same size pictures in a row. Rhythm is progression. Varying the height of the candles on your place from tallest to smallest is an example. Rhythm is transition. This is guiding the eye with an arched doorway for example, or a garden path that winds. Rhythm is also contrast. If your entire living room is decorated with white, have a few colored pillows or flowers that coordinate.
Third, details. Paying attention to details is also key. Make sure that your colors do go well together – ALL of your colors. Color also effects our moods, thus it’s important to be conscious of what feelings and emotions we’re trying to get across with our décor.