These five interior redesign techniques are essential to creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere that your friends and family will love.
Have you gotten tired of looking at the same living room layout day in and day out? Or maybe you’ve tried to rearrange your bathroom but can’t quite figure it out?
Interior redesign may be precisely the answer you need.
Interior redesign uses the existing furniture, art, and accessories in your space to create a masterpiece. When you properly understand these principles, you’ll be able to transform any space to look fabulous. Whether you know it or not, you know what it feels like when you walk into a well-designed room. You can sense how everything feels cohesive and captivating. Fortunately, you can achieve that effect in your own home with a bit of knowledge and practice. Keep reading for our comprehensive list of the top 5 interior redesign principles to make your home look beautiful.
Repeating elements such as color, shape, or texture can unify a space and create a consistent visual experience. Mismatching carpets, different color schemes, or window curtains all create confusion in a room. We once worked on a cottage that had undergone multiple renovations, resulting in a hodge-podge of window-frame styles and heights. There was no budget to fix them all, so we had to develop a cost-effective solution. By drawing a 1.2-meter-high line around the room and painting the walls in a light color, we revitalized the space’s feel. Immediately the eye was drawn to the consistent, repeating bands of color encircling the room, not the inconsistent landscape of the windows. Paint, tiles, carpet, and wallpaper are all effortless ways to create repetition.
The definition of balance is “the even distribution of weight leading to steadiness or evenness.” A balanced design does exactly that; it creates equality and symmetry that the eye loves. But as with most of these principles, if you apply them too rigidly, it can become tiresome. Enhance your balance with other aspects of design to make it a little less formal.
To do this at home, find the focal point of your space, which could be a TV, a fireplace, or a large piece of art. Then evenly arrange objects on either side. Make sure these are either identical or of equal visual “weight” (weight depends on size, color, and texture, e.g., black has more weight than grey). Keep reading for a quick breakdown of how these types of balance work.
Symmetrical balance typically appears in traditional interiors. You’ll often see this type of balance with the same objects repeated in the same positions on either side of a vertical axis. For example, you might remember old rooms in Victorian households where each side of a room is an exact mirror of the other. This symmetry also reflects the human form, which is why we’re innately comfortable in a balanced setting.
Asymmetrical balance is more appropriate with home redesign these days. You can achieve this perspective with some different objects with equal visual weight or eye attraction. Asymmetrical balance is more casual and less contrived in feeling but more challenging to achieve. Asymmetry suggests movement and leads to more lively interiors.
Radial symmetry is when all the elements of a design exist around a center point. A spiral staircase is also an excellent example of radial balance. Though not often employed in interiors, it can provide an interesting counterpoint if used appropriately.
This principle puts a person at ease within their environment and creates unity, thereby eliminating any disquiet feelings. Harmony, in a sense, provides the “full stop” to any interior design – when harmony is in effect, space should feel complete because all its parts relate to and complement each other. This feeling results from balance, scale, proportion, and repetition, all in the right amounts. Harmony is the measure by which we judge whether space works or not.
Scale refers to the relationship between two or more objects. This design principle is critical in architecture as these disciplines work with several standardized measurements, including bench heights, hallway widths, and chair sizes. Offsetting these standard-sized elements with other elements in differing sizes and heights can create enjoyable visual interest in a space. When applying this principle to a simple design, we particularly enjoy playing with the size and scale of artworks, plants, and negative spaces. These areas offer a relatively simple way to give the eye something interesting to highlight.
Proportion usually goes hand in hand with scale but is subtly different. Where scale describes the comparison of objects to one another, the ratio is more about how furniture and things look in space and concerning one another. Getting proportion right is tricky and is quite often attributed to someone having an “eye for design” that results in a feeling of comfort and harmony. Try using proportion in your home to create a visual hierarchy that emphasizes some features while disguising others.
The Right Interior Redesign For Your Home
Daniel H. Houde Design was founded in 2005 as a full-service interior design firm and home staging company. Since then, we’ve created dramatic yet comfortable living spaces that reflect our clients’ unique styles all over New England – from residential to commercial clients. Although the interior design was our primary focus initially, we saw the growing need for high-quality home staging services that would stand out from the crowd.
Having design expertise allows us to assist developers with color, lighting, fixture selection, and kitchen and bathroom designs. It is a partnership we take seriously from start to finish. Contact us today for a free interior redesign consultation or view our extensive design portfolio on Instagram.