Create Your Ideal Space - Using These Four Design Elements
Beautiful spaces don’t simply happen; they’re carefully crafted to reflect your personal style and needs in an aesthetically pleasing way. It might seem simple to pick out a color or a pattern and create an ideal room, but there’s actually a lot behind the science of successful interior design.
Although interior design is widely recognized as an artform, it is also based on principles of science. Color theory is a science interior designers employ regularly. The psychology of how color affects our emotions and actions is a powerful tool that can either make or break the design of a space. Another science that occurs often in interior design is geometry. A good designer understands how certain angles, shapes, and proportions can lead the human eye. This can be used to highlight a particularly beautiful area and tie together the design of the entire space.
Expert designers follow a set of “rules” based on interior design principles and elements. Color. Texture. Pattern. Shape. They’re the earth, air, fire, and water of design. What better way to create harmony in your home or than incorporating these four elements? Each element has its own identity, and they can each be interpreted in many different ways. In this blog, we take a look at how you can feature these four elements if you want your home to feel balanced, collected, and finished .
Color provides energy and attitude, setting the stage for the space. Some colors bring about positive emotions. Other colors can bring down your mood, and zap your energy. The psychology of color allows you to set the particular mood you desire for a room through the color palette you choose. Red invokes a sense of vibrancy and hunger. Greens and blues communicate peacefulness. Yellow conjures feelings of cheer and happiness.
Different textures add soul and character to a space. It is the variety that contributes a sense of dimension. Texture includes glossy, coarse, smooth, fuzzy, plush, rough. Physical texture defines not only the appearance of the object but also the tactile sensation. It’s how an object feels to your fingertips and skin. Examples of actual texture include velvet, leather, grasscloth, wood grain, metal, ceramic, stone, and cotton. Today, new wallpapers and wall surface finishes also boast unique physical textures. Visual texture looks like a particular type of physical texture. But it doesn’t feel the same as the actual physical texture of the original object or surface it represents.
Patterns breathe life into a room. Many types of patterns grace our spaces today—geometric shapes, stripes, animal prints, abstract, organic, motifs (like space, faces, woods, etc…)
Any collection of lines that produces a shape is called a form. Lines, whether horizontal, vertical or dynamic, give birth to shapes. These shapes can either be geometric (angular) or natural (curved). They can also be open or closed. When your interior designer has a firm grasp of your style, they can mix and match forms to achieve any feel you want in your home, whether that be earthy, modern, warm, cool or whatever you’d like.
Let's take a look at a couple of spaces to see how the use of our favorite elements (when used together) create an ideal look!
Incorporating these 4 elements within your home is a guaranteed way to create a look that not only looks great but feels great too! Feel free to reach out with any design questions or if you are thinking of getting started on a new project!
XOXO - Cassy