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Designing with the Proper Principles in Mind

Redesigning the interior of your home can be one of the most exciting things you can do. Once you have the money to complete the task, the only limit is your imagination.

There are a variety of different things you can do for very little money that will completely change the look, mood, and color of a room. Redecorating does not have to be expensive.

However, there are several elements of design that you should keep in mind that will improve the final impression that the room makes. These elements apply whether you are simply rearranging your room or designing a completely empty room.

There are four basic elements of design. These elements include space, line, form, color, and texture.

When you are considering each one of these elements, you should think about each of them in relation to balance, emphasis, rhythm, proportion and scale, and harmony and unity. These things will help control every element that the eye sees upon first walking into a room.

The first element, space is important to consider because it sets the boundaries of the room. It is a limiting factor on the number of themes and decorations you can have in one room.

Unless you had the privilege of defining the size of each room in the home, you usually do not have very much control over how much space you have to work with. In this sense, the amount of space you have also limits you.

The second element, lines, is important because they are one of the top factors in influencing the mood of a room. The colors of a room and how they work together is the number one thing when it comes to influencing the mood of a room.

However, the lines are the second most influencing factor when it comes to setting the mood. In all rooms, there should be a dominant line.

All of the other lines in the room should complement this dominant line. The window lines should support the dominant line.

Most of the time the dominant line is straight, but in a few rare cases the line is curved. How you emphasize the lines and in what direction you enhance the lines will determine the mood of the room you are designing.

For example, emphasizing the vertical lines of a room will make the room appear taller and statelier. This is ideal if you are striving to create a formal setting.

These lines also balance the strong horizontal lines that most of the furniture you could purchase would add to a room. Without the tall, vertical lines, you would lose the informal feeling.

Horizontal lines make the room appear smaller and cozier. As a result, these spaces are more relaxed and generally more informal.

The emphasis of diagonal lines always attracts the eye and leaves it wondering what is different about a room if the eye is untrained in design. A room with strong diagonal lines and very few strong vertical or horizontal lines can make the room very disturbing and creepy.

It is best to be careful with the diagonal design. Otherwise, you may end up having all of your guests leaving very disturbed without a reason as to why.

Curved lines are safer to emphasize because they will make the room appear softer. Curved rooms are usually very relaxing, but can come off as feminine if used too excessively.

The third thing you will need to think about is form. When people see several lines together, they will automatically place them together into a shape or picture of some sort.

You will want to make sure that the lines you have in your room create the shapes and pictures you want to be created. These shapes and pictures will help determine the feel of the room as well.

The rectangle is by far the easiest to incorporate, and therefore, it is also the most common shape to wee in a room. Triangles are also very popular.

The color you choose for the room may have the largest impact on the room itself. Color definitely helps determine the mood of a room and is one of the prime determining factors in whether or not a room is considered to be beautiful.

All of these things need to be applied to all of the elements in a room. Often, the ceiling is forgotten because we have developed the habit of not looking up.

However, ceilings used to be one of the most ornate decorations in a room when tin ceilings were very popular. Today, more modern elements of design can be used to beautify a room.

Jack R. Landry has worked since 1986 as an interior decorator specializing in ceiling decor. He has written hundreds of articles about decorating home and office spaces including finding the right kind of tin ceiling tiles.

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