5 BASIC DESIGN ELEMENTS


Welcome to my first blog! I hope it finds you well and you find it helpful!


1. Imagine looking at your newspaper.. do you open it and read from top to bottom and side to side at first glance? Most don't, most open it wide and scan top left to middle bottom to top right, and stop at the first thing that catches their eye. The same when you walk into a room, you scan to see what catches your attention. You want something to jump out at you, if you will. I, myself, believe in the "Golden Rule" of odds {1,3,5,7...} in decorative accessories, such as throw pillows, candles, vases, books, photo frames, etc. Odds keeps the eye interested and roaming to see what more there is, whatever your style is... modern, eclectic, classic or the ever popular modern farmhouse. Whether you are going for a "layered" or sleek look, you cannot go wrong following this rule. However, since we all know there is always an exception to every rule, if you do choose to use evens {2,4,6...}, try use different sizes, shapes and textures if you are going to use are in a grouping, oh and try adding photos or candles to add depth and dimension, as well. Again, it is all about adding interest for the eye.


2. Can you imagine being in a room of nothing but flat surfaces? How boring! The clean lines of large windows, sleek sofas, bold colors or modern styled furniture are beautiful but can be a bit mundane. I like to add texture to all rooms, but especially these types of rooms. Now don't get me wrong, I am not against keeping clean lines and sleek surfaces exposed, I'm just not opposed to softening up a bit with adding draperies (even in the same color as the walls) or a graphic throw pillow to the sofa or even a ultra furry throw over the arm of the chair. You want to want to sit on your furniture and enjoy your favorite book or TV show and feel at home, not as though you are at a doctor's office. Now, let's discuss doing an accent wall... I know a different paint on the wall is a simple way to liven things up, but what about adding texture to an accent wall. I am sure you have all heard of "shiplap" by now! It adds dimension and creates a lovely backdrop to nearly any room. Now let's really think outside of the box... car siding, vintage ceiling tiles, reclaimed pallets, textured stone and my favorite... wallpaper! And before you ask, yes, I have used every one of these in my own home!


3. In addition to adding textures, adding layers are another intricate part of adding dimension to your room. By adding one textured throw, three or five throw pillows to your chairs and sofa or even a vintage wrap over the arm of the sofa adds addition comfort. When adding dimension on hard surfaces, such as, tables, shelves, etc... I like to layer picture frames in different colors, metallics and textures to add interest. I always stack books {old or new} on their own or to add height to a hidden vase or something you would love to see peak out to add another layer of interest. I love to get a collection of glassware or vases of the the same or similar colors and group them together on a shelf with fresh flowers or even empty! Wall collages are becoming very popular, so here are a few tips to make yours designer ready. In addition to pictures and art, don't be afraid to add mirrors. They make rooms look bigger and add another layer of dimension. Go to your local decor store and find something with character that speaks to your family, a cross, a key, your monogram, maybe a cow's skull {I've used them, turned out super cute} or even a wall sconce to add a bit of light. As long as if has an interesting shape and things are varied in size it will work. It is like putting a puzzle together. However, the key is laying it out on the floor first, you don't want to start pouring nails in to then find out it won't fit!


4. Do you have a small space? Tiny house? Perhaps a room that does double duty? I know I do! How do you utilize every square inch or maybe just trick the eye, you ask? Well, here are a few tricks, use one or all... and make the most of your small areas. First, paint the walls a light color and if you have an accent wall make it the same or similar color. Keep furnishings and draperies monochromatic with the walls. Built ins add spots to store all of your goodies. Buy furniture pieces that provide more than one purpose, for instance, a dresser that can be used for a desk top or a vintage chest that can be used to hold items and yet be used as seating, as well. Movable screens are beautiful and functioning to divide areas when needed but are easily moved. Go up. Use stackable crates, suitcases, or wooden boxes to store supplies, clothing or really anything in. I recommend attaching them together and tot eh wall as to not have an added tipping hazard.


5. Last, but certainly not least... Paint color tricks to live by. It really is an optical illusion...

A. Short and Wide = dark ceiling and light walls

B. Tall and Thin = light ceiling and dark walls

C. Light and Airy = light ceiling and light walls


This brings me to the end of my very first blog. Not sure if I did it right, but I hope it helps someone! I feel the rules are ones to live by and I use them in every room in every job in every part of life... not just design.


Next month... Spring decor ideas.

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