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Elements of Design on the Beach

Beauty by the Sea

Thesis- p.4 About Me- p.5

Elements of Design- p.6 Line- p.7 Texture- p.11 Shape- p.16 Light- p.20 Color- p.24 Space- p.28 Form- p.32

Principles of Design- p. 36 Balance- p.37 Harmony- p.41 Emphasis- p.45 Massing- p.48 Rhythm- p.51 Proportion- p.55 Scale- p.58 References- p.61

Thesis The images presented in my issue are calm, beautiful, and indescribable elements of the earth and its natural beauty.


ABOUT ME I chose to create my magazine about the design elements at the beach because it is very close to my heart. I am from New Jersey and my family has owned a beach house at the Jersey shore for 23 years. Some of my best childhood memories were made at the beach, which has made it my favorite place to go to. When I am at the beach I am happy and calm. Everything about the beach is beautiful to me; the colors, the sound, and even the smells are all distinct and perfect. A lot of the color combinations that catch my attention are ones seen on the beach, from the sunset and even during the day.






Vertical lines create a dynamic feel to the room. They are also used to lengthen the look of the room

In this beach house living room, there are lower ceilings. However, the vertical lines in the couch and in the built-in cabinetry creates an illusion of higher ceilings, and a larger room.


Horizontal Lines

Horizontal lines create a relaxing and calm mood in a room. When people go to the beach they want to feel relaxed. So by adding more horizontal lines in your new beach interior you will feel at peace.

In this beach house sitting room the shorter, elongated couch and furniture creates a peaceful and calming look. 9

Curved lines can resemble the unevenness of sand on a beach, and the curve of waves as they crash.

The details on this pillow located in a beach house den, has curves which add movement and pop to the room. Just as waves create movement on the beach.




Tactile Textures Wicker is a material that is commonly used in rooms to create a beach like setting. The texture of wicker is similar to textures of plants and other objects found on the beach.

In this beach house room all of the furniture has wicker, which creates a rougher texture in the room. Also, along with the wicker, the vertical lines on the couches are repeated to create a dynamic setting.


Implied Texture Implied texture is when an object gives the impression that there is texture . When in reality it is flat and smooth.

The carpet in this sitting room is also an implied texture.

In this dining room set up, implied texture in on all of the chairs, curtains, and the carpets. It gives an illusion that they have texture, when in reality they are just smooth and flat. 13

Reflective texture

Reflective texture is when light hits the surface of the space, it reflects off of it creating a brighter setting in the room.

In this kitchen, light is being reflected off of the glossy cover on the counter and also on the floor. This adds light to the room. 14

Non Reflective Texture

Rugs and carpets create a calm and relaxing feel because they absorb the sunlight unlike reflective textures.

Non reflective textures are mostly found in rugs or carpets. They typically have a more rough feel to them. 15



Abstract Abstract shapes are representations of real life images or objects in a different view.

This abstract table resembles a jellyfish


Geometric Shape In this beach house living room, all of the pieces of furniture are geometric shapes. The windows, coffee table, pictures, and the pillows all have a rectangular shape to them. 18

The word Dynamic is characterized by constant change, activity, or progress. The shape of the light fixture is dynamic because all different shapes make up the light itself. There is change in every shape. It is also a focal point in the bedroom.




Natural Lighting Natural lighting is when a room has pure sunlight coming through windows during the day. It creates a happy setting because the colors in the room become vibrant!

The light in this bedroom brings the room a relaxing, cool feel. 21

Task Lighting Typically task lighting is used in bathrooms and in kitchens. Bathroom lights are designed to illuminate the face and create an even distribution of light on the whole face. In the kitchen task lighting is useful because it gives you direct lighting on the meal you are preparing, and on the food when someone is eating. There are two types of task lighting in kitchen designs; recessive lights, and mini-pendant suspending decorative lights, which are used when sitting down and eating a meal.


Table Lamps Table lamps illuminate light upward and downward as ambient light to illuminate a small space Table lamps are usually located on side tables for task lighting.




Direct Complementary Colors

Direct complementary colors are colors that are directly across each other on the color wheel.

In this room, orange and blue are used as complements to create a bright, exciting room


Monochromatic Palettes In beach houses, the main colors of the rooms are typically soft , or lighter colors. White is a very popular color in beach house designs.

Most beach house rooms add splashes of color. As shown in this beach house kitchen.


Neutral Palettes

The beach is filled with all different kinds of colors. The color of the water gradually transitioning into the sand can create relaxing colors when combined. 27


Positive Space Positive space is a space filled with a two or three dimensional form or shape. In this bathroom the positive space are the objects that are taking up space. The shower, toilet and sink are the objects that are taking up space. They create a closed in space that is comfortable and not too crowded.


Negative Space Negative space is the area between the forms in a two or three dimensional design.

The negative space in this bathroom is the space where there are no objects, between the sink and bath tub.


Crowding Territoriality Territoriality is a personal attachment to a territory or space.

Crowded means, a large number of persons gathered closely together. There is a lot of furniture and objects in this space that give it a crowded look. However in this room the crowded furniture works, and the room is still comfortable to be in.



Geometric Forms In this room all of the chairs, door, pictures, table and ceiling tiles are rectangular shapes.


Abstract Forms The piled up stones make this lamp abstract because of the way the different sized stones are stacked.

The odd shape of this lamp resembles coral, with multiple lines of movement. 34

Non- Objective Form Forms that are three dimensional figures made up of shapes in an interior.

The vase and table are both examples of non-objective form. They both have organic lines that create abstract objects or furniture in a three- dimensional aspect. 35





Visual Symmetry In this beach house bedroom the matching twin beds with matching picture frames above them create visual symmetry in the bedroom.


Visual Asymmetry

This image of a hallway wall with a side table is visually asymmetrical because although the objects are different on either side of the table, the size and amount of them are evenly balanced to create an asymmetrical feel. 39

Structural Symmetry

Along either side of the fire place in this beach house living room, there is a large, built-in book case structure. The line of symmetry is the middle of the cabinets, which splits the structure in half creating structural symmetry. 40



Repetition Through Color Throughout this house by the sea, colors such as beige, light blue, white and brown are repeated. These calm colors create a successful relaxing feel throughout the house.


Unity Through Line In this cozy beach house living room there is a pattern of vertical lines throughout the room that create unity.

The vertical lines make the room feel elongated and create a dynamic feel in the room.


Unity Through Shape Common shapes that are repeated in beach house interiors are rectangular picture frames. The multiple picture frames create unity through shape in this high ceiling living room.

Also in beach house interiors, it is common to have repetition in abnormal shapes as well. These Fish decorations provide unity through their shapes




FOCAL POINT: Structural The focal point in a room is where the eye automatically goes to when one enters a room or space. In this relaxing living room, the focal pint is the fire place. All of the horizontal and vertical lines are pointing toward the fire place, creating it a main focal point in the 46 room.


In this living room, the three pictures and pillows create a visual focal point because all of the furniture is very neutral and the pillows and pictures are bright and vibrant which make them stand out.




Optical density is when a piece of furniture has an empty area instead of a solid area or volume.

The shelves built into the wall in this living room create optical density because the shelves take up a large amount of space in the room. But they give space for placing objects on such as books, or in this case, decorations to spice the room up.


Actual density is when a piece of furniture does not have any “empty areas� and is a solid volume.

This chest has a solid structure making it an actual density.





Colors are repeated throughout this entire bedroom. The greens, blues, beiges, and whites are repeated on the bed, in the pictures and both of the night stands.


Transitional Rhythm Transitional rhythm leads the eye without interruption from one point to another. This can be done with crown molding, a carpet runner or a stenciled border. These methods create flowing lines that the eye can follow.

In this entry way, the horizontal line that separates the wall in half creates a smooth transition from one part of the wall to another. 53

Climactic Rhythm

Although this room at a first glance looks very crowded, if you take a second to look at it, all of the objects in it have a specific place and it once it is all put together, it works.




Proportional Space Proportional space is the relationship of size between an object and its parts.

This washer and dryer are proportional to the size of the space that is open for them.


UnProportional Space

In this plain room, there is a lot of negative space not being used. This creates an un-proportional space in the room. To make the room more proportional the area rug can be bigger and spreading out the furniture and adding more to the room could be affective as well.




Human Scale

Scale refers primarily to the relative size or character of an object or to its parts. Human scale is used primarily to accentuate the accessibility of furniture use for the average person.


Symbolic Scale

A doll house can represent symbolic scale because all of the objects inside of it are proportional to the scale of the house itself. But the entire house and objects inside of it are all actually small in reality.




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