Principles of Good Interior Design: Part One
Your home renovation will benefit greatly from a professional interior designer. A reliable ID will guide you through both the initial design phase and the execution. In this article, we focus on crucial elements of the design phase.
Unity & Harmony
A good design is unified and harmonious. Parts of the house have the same theme or style. Taken to the extreme, an interior can become dull or a mess. What it should be is a good variety of elements mixed together artfully. A skilful combination creates a sense of cohesion. When seen as a whole, the house makes sense. Practically, there are a few ways to achieve this. Use colour schemes that match. Have a constant style for all furniture. Add symbols or motifs that change slightly from room to room. Continue a line or pattern. Walk the line between keeping things unified and stimulating curiosity. This principle is especially important in Singapore where spaces are small and the whole can be assessed more readily.
Good visual balance means that with a mess of things in the room, a person’s gaze would roughly be in the middle. Unbalanced rooms make the focus somewhere else. There are 3 ways good visual balanced is attained. The most classic method is through symmetry. Symmetry has “long been associated with perfection in both art and nature”. The second way is through asymmetric parts with equal visual pulls. Think of Newton and many forces cancelling each other out. Lastly, radial balance is achieved about a centre. This idea is best understood say, through thinking of a circus or merry go round.
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Check this space for part two of this article where we explain more the principles of good interior design.