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Interior Design Rules- Part 1

In recent months, we have been seeing more and more people looking for interior design help and advice. We have been trawling the internet on platforms such as Twitter and Houzz to find the things that people struggle with when it comes to their interiors. So, we have now devised a list of interior design rules to live by in case you wanted to give it a go without the help of an interior designer.

Balance

Balance is the delivery of the visual weight of design elements, for example colours, volumes, lines, textures and is grouped into these three categories:

Symmetry– where both sides, divided by a line or point, have identical visual weight. The result is often formal, absolute, conventional, ordered, prestigious and powerful. Symmetry looks great especially in a bedroom or living space, if you want your space to look clean and organised then using symmetry is a great way to achieve this look. When it comes to the bedroom symmetry is easy; match up your cushions and throws, choose matching bedside tables and lamps to tie it all together.

A-symmetry– where different objects achieve equal eye attraction or equal visual weight. The result is often informal, different, unceremonious, open, uninhibited and inviting. Achieve this by using contrasting furniture, accessories and sizes. Try using completely different striking arm chairs around your living space or having a range of different lighting around a room. This will create a less balanced look but will add interest to your interior spaces.

Radial – where all visual elements are focused around a central point and spread outwards. A great way to try this out is in the living room. Try selecting an interesting centre piece like a coffee table, perhaps in a contrasting colour, and focus the layout of the room around that piece.

Pattern

Pattern is produced when similar parts including lines, shapes, forms, textures, tones or colours are used repeatedly, creating a logical, coherent and visual structure. This term in Interior Design is often used in relation to floor and wall finishes, for example wall coverings or carpet design; or soft furnishings for example window dressings. Adding pattern is a great way to add character and interest to any space. You can be adventurous and go for bold wallcoverings, patterned tiling or patterned rugs. If not why not try incorporating pattern into your interiors with soft furnishings, lampshades or accessories.

Contrast

Contrast is the occurrence of opposing elements such as complementary colours, rough and smooth textures, small and large sizes; and horizontal and vertical directions. Contrast is the variety, difference or alteration between elements which effectively creates emphasis in design. A great place to start when adding contrast into your interiors is with colour, don’t be afraid to mix it up and use a range of different colours which contrast each other nicely. Size is also an easy way to add contrasting element to any space, use a range of small and large pieces of furniture or accessories as this will add depth and interest.

Dominance

Dominance is the centre of interest or focal point. It is the area that first attracts attention. There is a hierarchy or importance between various elements within a design. Successful relationships between elements can create interest and counteract confusion and monotony. Adding a focal point can really bring interest into a space. Why not try a striking piece of artwork or a wall mural as these are both great ways to draw the eye and create an essential point of interest.

We hope that these design rules have given you some inspiration for your homes and solved any design dilemmas you may have. Stay tuned for Part 2 coming in a few weeks time. If you have any interior design related questions or problems, please leave them in the comments below and we will be sure to answer them in one of our blogs soon.

Thanks again for reading!