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Sometimes it is important to start at the very beginning.   I appreciate that not everybody reading the articles on this site are professional interior designers. That’s why I have decided to write a simple article with the basics all about interior design. If you are just getting started with interior design then this is the perfect place to start. I know from when I first started designing that it can be very overwhelming. Even if you have an interior designer doing the work you still need to have some idea of what you like and what you dislike.

5 points

Design is  basically a combination of 5 main points. The first thing that you need to consider when looking at interior design is the colour. This doesn’t have to be just one colour but it has to be the range of colours that you think will work best in your room. Think about the mood you want to create in your room. Once you know the mood it is much easier to select the colour that is most suited. For example yellow would be for a more bright and fun room as opposed to a room that you’re just going to chill out in and watch movies.

form

Secondly you must think about the form. The form is the shape of an object. Some people will prefer sharp lines with lots of right angles. Whilst others will prefer a more curvy kind of form. The overall shape of any object can create a specific ambience.

direction

The direction of the object is also very important and this is known to interior designers as the line. The line indicates where the object is going to be placed, how much boundary it needs and which way it is meant to face.   Feng shui is an example of designing a room whilst taking into account the line.

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texture

Texture can also create a different mood in the room. Do you want a cosy kind of texture like cotton or silk or do you prefer a more leather executive feel to the room.

mass

Finally you must consider the mass of an object. The mass of an object is the size and the bulk. Take an object like a sofa. A sofa can either be big, bulky and chunky or it can be small and sleek.

 

These five elements are key when you are  planning the design of your room and the objects that will be going into it.

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These are the 5 main things that you should consider when you are planning the design of your room however there are a couple of other things that you should consider. A room should always have a focal point where the visitors will return his or her eye to this specific point time and time again.

 

When buying an object always make sure that it is in scale and proportion to the room. This can be extremely difficult when you are buying furniture without seeing it in the room. If the furniture store has an app where you can see the furniture in your room by imposing it on a photograph then this is worth doing.

 

Contrast is very important when you are trying to create the right mood. Don’t be afraid to place two contrasting colors next to each other.

 

Finally always look to create as much variety as possible. Variety is in fashion now so mixing and matching is key to giving your room the perfect look.

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