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Basic Interior Design Concepts Can Get Your Design Credibility Moving

January 6, 2011 IADT Tampa, Interior Design 0 Comments

The way many individuals talk about their homes or offices, it’s as if a rabbi, priest, genie or shaman has visited them and blessed their personal spaces somehow magically with “good energy” in the form of interior design. These people can’t really tell you why their newly designed interiors are so much better than the way they used to look, but oftentimes their new interior spaces do in fact feel better and look better in often inexplicable ways. You can usually thank a trained interior designer for this achievement.

The truth is that there are several basic interior design concepts that most professional designers use in conjunction with their own trademark aesthetics – balance, emphasis, scale and proportion, and rhythm – and everyone can see positive results in their homes and offices if they follow these principles. Interior design training at an accredited school is also encouraged if one feels interested in pursuing the more complex and holistic aspects of interior design as an art and craft, but these four concepts can take you far and get your interior design credibility moving:


Whether symmetrical, asymmetrical or radial, the power of balance to render a space comfortable and peaceful cannot be overestimated. Consider your targeted room or office a painting, and think about the placement of objects within the space and how they affect and influence each other. Oftentimes the simple act of moving a few pieces of furniture so that they are across from each other in the room, or somehow harmoniously play off each other, is enough to change the dynamics of the room in question and make it more enjoyable.

Scale & Proportion

A bit harder to explain simplistically, scale refers to the size and importance of objects in a room, while proportion deals with the ratio of one part to another part of the whole. A very large easy chair in a small office is out of proportion and scale, and stands out like a sore thumb, looking rather ridiculous.


Emphasis refers to which pieces of furniture or art in your space will be focused upon, oftentimes using paint color or lighting or prominent placement to make those items stand out to begin with. Not every object in your interior space can be the center of attention, and some pieces have to be under-emphasized in order to allow stronger pieces to really shine. A room lacking emphasis will often come across like a furniture showroom – too full and too congested and lacking a dominant theme.


Based on the ideals of repetition and contrast, rhythm refers to how objects and colors in a room play off of each other. Repeating color variations and multiple similar objects in a room can create a rhythm that visitors may not hear but will "feel" and enjoy, making their visit more pleasurable and inviting.

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