Have you ever started to fill a room with your designs and found that the pieces just don’t fit together like you imaged? Sure, they may be great pieces individually but put them together and you might get a conglomeration of shit without following the elements of design.
Many of the principles or elements of design follow that of music and art. Which all have countless rules appended to their nature. After all, it was Pablo Picasso who said:
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
I’ll spare you the countless rules of music and art and dive into what i have found to be the most important things to keep in mind when considering the elements of design: balance, repetition, scale, proportion, & harmony.
Balance is an even distribution of weight across a certain portion of a room or across the room as a whole. It could include symmetry or equal weights across a particular space. This is a HUGE one to keep in mind, make sure the room doesn’t any overbearing features that could draw the eye to one point in the room.
Repetition is repeating visual patterns that could include congruence in color, texture shape, or size. This sets the tone for security within the space. Believe it or not, humans LOVE repetition, it adds a sense of comfort or satisfaction. Experiment the same fabric in the curtains and make some DIY pillows to match. Take an accent color and draw it all over the room in paintings, book shelf items, or accent pillows. Use the same shape of lampshade to match the base of the lamp (If it doesn’t already). Don’t get carried away though, let your creativity shine and don’t be too help to making things match:
“The eye loves repetition, but does not want to be bored. It likes familiarity, but needs surprises.” -Edith Bergstrom
Scale & Proportion
This is a size of all the elements in a room in relation to one another. If the room has a giant couch and tiny tide tables it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense to the brain. Similar to repetition, the eye wants to see everything on a equal playing field. Make sure the size of the elements fit the size of the space. Don’t try and fit something small or big into the space just for the sake of having something work.
If all the elements fit in unison, and have the same styling harmony will ensue. Create a symphony of colors, sizes, shapes and pieces that flow together and make the space feel like you’re trying to tell a story, not that you threw a bunch of shit into a corner and called it good.