At Gillian & Co., we know that you care about your home and that you want it to both meet your functional needs and look great. Our team has an extensive background in both architecture and interior design, so we can help you accomplish both goals. In this article, we will be focusing on the design aspect and going over some of the fundamental principles that make for great interior design.
- In interior design, one of the most important principles is balance, which refers to the distribution of furniture and other design elements throughout the space. In a room that has good visual balance, no area will dominate any other area, but all parts of the room will work together. While traditionalist styles tend to use symmetrical balance, more contemporary styles tend to use asymmetrical or even radial balance.
- Another key principle of great interior design is emphasis. You don’t want the room to be unbalanced in terms of where items are placed, but visually there should be a specific focal point to draw attention. There are a number of ways to create visual emphasis, such as by using colour, placement, or contrast.
- Speaking of contrast, it is a third principle of great interior design. If you’ve ever thought that the furniture in a room was too “matchy-matchy,” then you already have a sense of what contrast is and why it’s necessary. If you use the same colours and shapes over and over again, your space can quickly become dull, so we recommend mixing it up with contrasting forms, colours, or patterns.