03 January, 2011

The Elements and Principles of Design…A Guide for Design and a New Year

By Lauren Setum, LiLu Interiors intern
Well, here we are, it’s officially 2011! With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, it’s time to look forward to the coming year. Here at LiLu, everyone is excited about continuing to develop new, innovative designs. Every design is unique, because every client is unique, and as you know, LiLu does not have a signature style...we are committed to creating spaces that are right for the needs and style of the client. Nevertheless, when thinking about how to best develop an interior, there are some basic guidelines that designers utilize every time. Attention grabbing spaces are not about a single feature, they are the result of  a strategic combination of design basics. As a design student, the first thing to learn about is the elements and principles of design...the basics. They are as follows:
ELEMENTS
Line, color, form, texture, & space
PRINCIPLES
Balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis, & unity
The principles are ways in which to organize and arrange the elements. For example, a focal point might be emphasized with a different color, or curved lines might be used repeatedly to create a rhythm within the space. When done correctly, interiors should appear effortless yet interesting.  This week, we'll take a look at each of the principles, how LiLu designers use them, and how you can use them in the new year! Today, it's balance. Take a look!
balance pic

This living area design by LiLu features symmetrical balance. The right side mirrors the left side, both in terms of furniture layout and built ins on either side of the fireplace.

Balance in interior design refers to the visual stability within a space. If the built-in and sofa on the right side were removed, the space would feel unbalanced. There is an art to placing color, texture, furniture, etc. in a space, as all of those things will contribute to the feeling of balance in a room.

As for incorporating balance into your new year, resolve to make some time for yourself! It's all too easy to get caught up in the busyness of everyday life, so take some time everyday (or as often as you can manage!) to read, take a walk, or watch a movie in your symmetrically (or asymmetrically) balanced living room. Anything that helps balance out the busy this year!

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