When most people think of interior design, they picture hiring a professional like Interior Landscapes to decorate their space. This is, indeed, a great way to end up with a customized, beautiful space that perfectly fits your needs. However, even if you are not quite ready to sign up for interior design services, you can still implement the following four principles of interior design as you arrange and decorate your own space.
Each room should have a focal point -- a place where they eye naturally travels first when you look into the space. Your focal point can be anything from a picture window to a television. Really, the way you arrange your other items serves to designate one object as the focal point. If you angle all of your sofas and chairs towards the TV, that tends to establish it as the focal point. If you arrange artwork symmetrically on either side of the picture window, that tends to frame it as the focal point.
The ideas of balance and symmetry are often confused. Symmetry would mean that both sides of the room are exactly the same. Clearly, that is not always an option. When you do want to do, however, is make sure that both sides of the room are balanced. They need to look the same degree of "busy." Don't place all of the furniture on one side, and none on the other. Spread it out.
Proportion comes into play in two different ways. First, you want to choose furniture that is proportional to the overall size of the room. If you are decorating a large room, choose larger pieces of furniture. If you are decorating a smaller room, you want smaller furniture. Second, you want to make sure related items are proportional to one another. Don't pair a tiny coffee table with a giant sofa.
There needs to be a unifying element throughout the space in order to create harmony. Most people achieve this with color; they use the same three colors throughout the room. You can also achieve harmony by picking textures that go together. Using rough-textured materials for the drapes and carpet, for example, can help the space feel unified and like it flows.
If you implement the four interior design principles above, you are bound to love the results. For more assistance, reach out to an interior design service in your area.