Monday, January 27, 2014

3 design elements for your home

Home décor is directly related to art and design. While it deals with something as basic and functional as your home, home décor involves putting together different elements to create one spectacular environment that is a delight to all the senses. 

Scale refers to visual size. In interior design, this relates to how well objects fit into a particular room size and relate to other elements in the room.

Home décor is largely visual, and is closely linked with visual art. In fact, interior designers always turn to art and design elements in their works. You may think that home décor is just about filling your home with beautiful furniture and accessories, but the way these objects relate to each other makes all the difference. 

Take a cue from visual art by incorporating these design elements in your home. 

Scale

Scale refers to visual size. In interior design, this relates to how well objects fit into a particular room size and relate to other elements in the room. Consider the height, width and apparent volume of your room elements. Remember that scale is purely visual. A block of faux marble table may look hefty but may actually be hollow inside and light in weight. 

Putting large pieces in large rooms and small objects in small rooms may well be the obvious choice, but this may actually look plain and may not work for the room. Rooms need a variety of pieces, from tall and large to low and small ones. Create drama in your room by pairing a dominant item with smaller ones. For instance, a large piece of art hung on the wall can lend a dramatic backdrop to light chairs and accessories. 

Rhythm

Rhythm deals with flow, movement and repetition. This is an aspect of design that is all too often overlooked, but having good rhythm in your home décor can make for subtle appeal. Constant eye movement is key to making a space look interesting. Achieve this by using colors, patterns and shape to create flow. 

Incorporate interesting focal points for your eyes to rest on and scatter some elements across the room to encourage eye movement. Busy patterns and bold colors beg for attention, while softer colors and textures evoke a restful rhythm.

Balance

Balance works on the principle of symmetry and a stable distribution of weight. Formal symmetry creates a mirror-image balance of objects in any given space. 

This does not mean that objects on one side of the room have to be uniform to that of the other side. As long as the pieces are close in terms of size, shape or color, formal symmetry can still be achieved. A large painting on one side of the room can be offset by a group of smaller paintings that make up roughly the same size as the large painting. 


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