Seven Principles of Interior Design

Unity/Harmony The ultimate goal in the interior design of any room is that all the components of the room create a harmonious whole. Balance Balance is achieved when the room's visual "weight" is distributed around the room as evenly as possible. For example, bright-colored items hanging on the walls will look "heavier" than those that blend into the wall color. Focal Point Every room should have one element that naturally draws the eye when you enter. This can be an architectural detail, such as a fireplace, or a work of art or other distinctive piece, or even lighting. Rhythm A room with good rhythm first draws the eye to the focal point, then attracts the eye to other components throughout the room, creating a flow of visual movement. Scale/Proportion The room must be decorated with furniture and accents that are the right scale for the room's size and shape, and in proportion to each other and to the people using the room. Color and Details Color can add vibrancy, and create either a somber mood or a light, airy one. Selecting the right details can enhance the look you are trying to create, or it can detract from it.

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