The Key Principles of Interior Design
Interior designs not only beautify your homes, but also set the right mood for those stepping in. Well, each design has a personality – a characteristic that is influenced by your lifestyle in general. Interior design ideas should hence be inspired by the way you live and the impression you would like to create. It’s not about putting a few pretty looking things together – you need to think about functionality too. Well, there are basically three principles to bear in mind – Function, Mood and Personality Function Designs are much more than mere eye-appeal. The room interiors must have a perfect mix of functionality too or you will have a whole lot of beautiful looking clutter which is if of absolutely no use. Here are a few things that make your room more functional:
Focal point - A focal point in a room is generally the place where the eyes travel to immediately upon entering. A fireplace or a book case could be examples of natural focal points. If there isn’t a natural focal point in the room, you can dynamically create one with a colourful piece of art or an area rug. Furniture – The furniture should satisfy the functions you’ve planned for the room. If the piece is too large or too small, trade it for something that fits proportionately to the other pieces in the room and provides the right functionality too. Lighting – The lighting in the room must be selected as per the functions defined for the room. A study area will have different lighting than a bedroom or kitchen. Direct lighting from a table lamp could be good in some areas and indirect lights could help create a bright happy environment.
Arrangement – Draw and place all the important pieces of furniture around the focal point. The major traffic patterns must be left open. After the main pieces of furniture have been accommodated, you can ‘fill in’ the remaining. Ensure that you balance out the high and low pieces and the heavy and light ones.
Mood The choice of colours, the style of furnishings and the textures and patterns decide the mood of your room.
The inspiration piece – starting with a source of inspiration is the easiest way to begin your decoration. A decorative pillow, a photo from a magazine or a pattern or texture you like – all are good places to begin with. Theme – It’s important to maintain a theme so that you can select the colours, patterns and everything else based on this theme. Colour Cues, Patterns and Textures – Select colours that match the theme. Usually, select three colours – one dormant colour that is used for walls and carpets, or fabrics or anything in the background. A secondary colour for all the fabrics in the room and an accent colour that is used sparingly to give energy and excitement to the room. Patterns could liven up the place and textures make them look unique.
Accessorizing – Use vases, pictures, pillows and rugs that support your theme and add photos and artwork that make the room look pretty. Whimsy and The unexpected – It’s sometimes good to make things a little unexpected and add something irregular to the place – like a brightly coloured area.
A well planned and decorated room exudes the right mood, has the right functionality and the right personality for your family to live in.