To some, interior design is an elusive, skilled trait that will never be conquered. To others, it comes naturally. For me, I have always had an eye for it. But, ten years ago, when I set out with my goal to own my own design firm, I knew that I’d need more than just a great taste.
I wanted to know why certain things worked and how to get a room to look finished. So, I got my second degree. Along with a degree of invaluable knowledge, came a confidence in my design ability that was missing before. I could answer a question about any design decision and be able to rationalize why and how it works. A design professor told us, “If a client asks you why you want to use something that they might not necessarily like, you can’t just say, ‘Because it’s pretty.’” I swore that I’d never, and as a result, I’m so willing to give answers when asked and explain why every decision isn’t made in a vacuum and actually does impact the entire design.
So this week, I want to share some interior design basics with you: the six principles of design. Every designer will either consciously or subconsciously start with one or more of these six principles in the concepting phase of a design.
- HARMONY & UNITY
- EMPHASIS & FOCUS
- CONTRAST & VARIETY