Design Lesson
Feb 10, 2013

11 basic design elements

By: Christine Hanlon

11 basic design elements Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Feb 10, 2013

11 basic design elements

By: Christine Hanlon

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11 basic design elements

Form

1 Form Form is an important design element, especially in home interiors. Three-dimensional objects like these rounded vases provide depth and distinction. When grouped together in different colours, their shape is further enhanced.

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

11 basic design elements

Value, contrast and shape

2 Value Value refers to the lightness or darkness of a colour. Using similarly toned hues for the walls, ceiling and trim, coupled with a light floor finish, creates an airy feeling and a spacious effect, which is further emphasized by large fuss-free windows, glass accents and streamlined, neutral furniture choices. 3 Contrast Contrast primarily helps to break up the similarity of a space and draws the eye to a specific area. 4 Shape Shape plays a significant role in furniture selection, placement and space planning. Here, the round dining table perfectly complements not only the size and shape of the square room but also the curved dining chairs with which it is paired.

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

11 basic design elements

Focal points

5 Focal points Focal points are created by contrasting colour, shape, scale or positioning. This piece of artwork dominates this area with its large size and bright palette, which stands out from the muted wall colour but still works with the existing scheme.

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

11 basic design elements

Pattern

6 Pattern Pattern used throughout a room (or even two adjacent rooms) heightens the impact and provides a cohesive, pulled together look. Whether you repeat the same pattern or print in several places or use a combination of several different styles, you’ll achieve a pleasing effect.

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

11 basic design elements

Harmony

7 Harmony Harmony is achieved when similar elements are combined to create a visually satisfying feel – here, it’s the predominant use of white in the woven rattan blind, drapery, main pieces of furniture and decor accessories.

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

11 basic design elements

Colour

8 Colour Colour that’s repeated – whether a single hue or a set colour palette – creates visual harmony and flow throughout a space. Expressing a particular colour story also distinguishes mood.

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

11 basic design elements

Balance, line and texture

9 Balance Balance speaks to the state of equality between an arrangement of things and the positioning of elements. The asymmetrical relationship between the chest topped with accessories and the wall of booksproduces an informal balance that demands attention and results in a dynamic look. 10 Line Can be used to create pattern and texture. The design of this fireplace is an example of smooth, monochromatic line that conveys a feeling of calm and a clean, contemporary style. 11 Texture Texture that’s layered together attracts the eye and creates visual interest, especially if colour is lacking.

By: Christine Hanlon Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home
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