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A Basic Guide to Interior Design

A Basic Guide to Interior Design

Balancing Your Interior Design For Great Results

If your idea of interior design is buying all the pieces from the same living room set and arranging them in a semicircle facing the TV then you probably don’t need to read any further. If you think that you’d like to add some color to your living spaces and express some personal taste but want to avoid your room looking like an old dime store emporium, then read on. Creating an interior design for a room or a whole house is not as difficult as most people think, but it is more than matching a page from a furniture store catalog piece for piece.

Create a Design

Your goal is to create a design that shows your personal taste but at the same time gives you a sense of harmony and peace. Here are three design basics that will help you put together a look that you will be happy to call your own.

1. Use Repetition
First use repetition to create interest. If you have a couch for example, in a very neutral color like gray or brown, you can add a throw pillow in an exciting pattern that includes the same gray. The pillow makes the common color stand out. Repeating the color throughout the room adds interest. You might include some hand tinted black and white prints that include the same shade of gray, or an area rug that repeats the same color in its design.

2. Create a Focal Piece
Next create a focal piece in order to keep your space from feeling cluttered. A single painting or sculpture serves as the element that pulls your design together. You can reupholster all your furniture in a matching color that is reflected in your focal point. While the colors match you can still vary the textures or patterns to create an interesting design. You can also repeat shapes and patterns. A large tropical plant or a terrarium as your focal point could be reflected in fabric patterns and furniture details to coordinate the room.

3. Match Proportions and Scale
Finally match the proportions and scale of your pieces with each other and to the size of your space. Avoid using big pieces of furniture in a small room. If you have a large living room with an overstuffed couch, compliment it with oversized pillows.

4. Compliment Small Spaces
If you have a small space you can decorate with smaller pieces like a side table instead of a coffee table, a love seat instead of a sofa, and use light colors and small patterns to make the space feel bright and airy. A couple of oversized pieces like a wall clock or a favorite sculpture can balance a small space and make it feel larger.

5. Feeling Your Design
Remember each element of the design lends something to the overall feel of the space. If you create a focal point and use repetition to create interest while remembering to match the scale of your pieces with the size of the space you will create a design that reflects your tastes but doesn’t feel cluttered.
Posted on Nov 09, 2013


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