Numerous homeowners have wanted to redesign their home décor but weren't sure how to pull it off. Many articles tell homeowners what to focus on, which products to buy, and how to use small pieces to pull colors and patterns together. We think homeowners need to know what design basics are, and then allow their imaginations to soar.
What Are The Elements Of Home Decor Design?
Designers focus on five basic elements of design: color, texture, light, balance, and harmony. There's an art to balancing anything so that it works well. Anyone can do it, and it doesn't have to cost an arm and a kneecap. Whether you are shopping for wood flooring in Denver or furniture in Edmonton, this guide for redesigning your home will simplify the process. We'll walk you through the five design elements and even toss in suggestions that will look exquisite in your new rooms.
The days of gray, white, and beige as neutral colors are (thankfully) over. Painting neutral equals selling your house. If that's not the case, then feel free to go with bold, vibrant, exciting colors. Trending now is royal and Williamsburg blue, Hunter green, old gold, ruby red, sapphire blue, emerald green, and any shade of topaz.
The color you paint a room should meet the room's purpose. For example, if you painted a bedroom bright orange or any shade of red, you'd never sleep. Bedrooms should be painted with restful yet attractive colors. Living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens need to be painted in inviting colors, so people want to remain there.
On the other hand, you can lighten a small space with bright, light colors. You can tone down a very large space with a little darker bold color. For example, why not paint a hallway sparkling silver while painting a large room leading off it a dark plum?
Texture encompasses more than the distinct feel of a fuzzy peach compared to a prickly pineapple. Texture in home design embraces surfaces such as nubby or smooth textiles. These could be paired with the rough brick or stone of a fireplace, or the old farmhouse wood of a kitchen island. You want to ensure the texture of your redesign complements the style of the room for which you're going. As an example, pairing velvet or microfiber furniture with hardwood floors and a bumpy wood accent wall would be a hit.
Natural light from the windows and lighting fixtures help define a room. You'll need the most light in the kitchen, family room, and bedrooms. These are the places the family gathers and does homework among other family endeavors. If the house has plenty of windows, then all you'll need is lighting fixtures for focus.
Kitchens need three types of light: focus, ambient, and task lighting. Ambient lighting is either flush or hanging ceiling lights meant to light the whole room. Focus lighting is the lighting beneath the cabinets, the light over the stove, or the light over the kitchen sink. It lights a specific area for a specific reason. Task lighting centers the light over the island or an area of counter on which food prep takes place. It's hard to see the onion you're chopping if only ambient lighting is available.
This element of home décor design speaks for itself. A room out of balance is jarring, and visitors won't feel comfortable in it. When entering a room, the eye is led from left to right around the space. It will fall on paintings, tall furniture pieces, and then go on to furnishings and rugs. The eye should fall on properly placed pieces, or the room will be out of balance.
The harmony of home décor means furnishings that feel comfortable together, rugs that might not necessarily match, but that feel right in the room, as well as attractive paint colors highlighted by the room's contents. A room in harmony invites visitors to stay awhile. They're comfortable during their visit and are reluctant to leave that room.
Now that homeowners know the basic elements of home décor design, they can begin planning paint colors, accessories, accents, the necessary furnishings, as well as lighting fixtures to highlight it all. You have an exciting time ahead of you, so get creative. Be sure to share pictures of your accomplishments with us.
Author Bio: Regina Thomas
Regina Thomas is a Southern California native who spends her time as a freelance writer and loves cooking at home when she can find the time. Regina loves reading, music, hanging with her friends and family along with her Golden Retriever, Sadie. She loves adventure and living every day to the fullest.