The Details of Interior Design
To the naked eye, interior design may just look like choosing furniture and decor with similar color schemes and nicely arranging them in a room. However, those that have taken designing into their own hands know that it is much more complex than it seems. Designing a room is an intense project and includes numerous different factors.
Focal points naturally attract the attention of anyone visiting the space. Some rooms may already have a natural focal point like a fireplace, while others depend on the designers to install one or more focal points. “Floating” beds have been a recent trend in bedroom design as of late and make great focal points. However, the beds are not really floating; rather, they are raised and have lights beneath that create a sort of halo effect. Other potential focal points include a piece of artwork, a dining room table or a nice couch. It is important that focal points are interesting to look at for the right reasons. Visitors will be attracted to a hideous piece of artwork just as they would to an attractive one. It is important that visitors linger on focal points for their positive qualities.
Balance describes the even distribution of attraction at all points in the room, aside from the focal point. There shouldn’t be several spots in the room that overpower others. The most common forms of balance used in interior design are symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical balance involves ensuring that both sides of the room mirror one another. While this often looks attractive, it can make a room look like it has not been lived in and may even make visitors uncomfortable. For this reason, symmetrical balance and asymmetrical balance are often used together. Asymmetrical balance involves making both sides of the space look similar, but not identical. This makes the room look more like an inhabited space. For example, a designer may put small picture frames or pieces of art on one side of the room to asymmetrically balance the electrical outlet and light switch covers on the other side of the room.
Color is important in interior design in many different ways. First, color greatly affects mood. In an office space, it may be better to use neutral cool tones like whites, grays, and dark blues. These colors encourage tranquility and lower the heart rate. However, in an at home gym, it may be better to use bright colors like yellows, oranges and reds. These encourage energy and happiness. Having knowledge of complementary colors is also beneficial when designing. After all, knowing which colors work well together will make rooms more attractive.
Repetition describes the use of the same patterns, textures and colors in a room. Repeating these aspects can really hold a room together. These details may even be repeated throughout the entire home. For example, if there are brass light switch covers in the living room, the designer may want to buy decorative light switch covers that are made of brass for the rest of the rooms in the home.