Thursday, 18. October 2012
I created the color wheel above over at Olioboard. I will start at the 12 o’ clock position and go around in clockwise order to list the colors; red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue, blue-violet, violet, and red-violet.
The room above was created using complimentary colors. Complimentary colors are ones that are opposite each other on the color wheel, like violet and yellow.
The room above was created using a triad color scheme. A triad color scheme uses three colors equally spaced around the color wheel. Here I have used violet, green and orange.
The last color scheme I’m going to talk about today is an analogous scheme. Analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel. In the room above, I created a retro focal wall using yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue, and blue-violet. You do not have to use as many colors as I have but I think six is the upper limit.
I plan to play around with some of the color schemes I learned about in design school over at Olioboard. Head on over to Olioboard and play around with some of your own color ideas. Hope you all are having a great week! It’s a long weekend for us. I am hoping to catch a movie with the kids and hopefully finish a couple of big projects before I run out of good weather.
Tuesday, 24. April 2012
Scale is a principle of design that evaluates the size and visual weight of objects and the way they relate to each other. Scale may be small (child’s room), medium, large (average American home) or grand (think public places, like a museum or hotel lobby). I used the picture above because I think it is a good example of scale (sorry about the quality, this was taken with my old phone). I love that a queen sized bed was used. It fills the width of the room just right. I also like the size of the headboard. It fills the height of the room just right. Everything else relates to everything else. Nothing overpowers anything else, they all support each other. I know most of us do not have a blank slate or an unlimited budget to work with. But you can play around with what is already in your home.
Here is a good example of playing around with scale. The flowers are huge but they work on this table because they fill the visual void between the table and the light. They help everything in this dining area relate to each other. I think that is the big take-away for me, don’t leave glaring voids and make sure that this relates and supports that (whatever your this and that may be). Which brings me to why I am doing this “Design Elements” series, I want to share (and review for myself) the lessons I’ve learned in design school. I really hope I don’t sound preachy or like a know-it-all. I started this blog with a sincere desire to share tips and tricks I’ve learned the hard way (or had to pay someone a lot of money to gain). My hope is to empower and inspire you to create your perfect home.
Saturday, 14. April 2012
Asymmetrical balance is when you place different objects on either side of a center point. The goal (and trick) is to make sure that each side is balanced. I am very much a fan of asymmetrical balance. Why? First it is much more casual than balanced symmetry. Second, it is more modern. An asymmetrical room will feel fresh and updated. It may take more thought to pull off this look. symmetrical balance can be as easy as buying two identical vases and putting one on each side of a mantel. It will take some trial and error to find two different objects to balance the same mantel. Please notice how the “home” balances the vases on this mantel (family room from the 2011 Salt Lake City Parade of Homes “Up” House). Also note the sofa is opposite the matched chairs. Each side of the room is different but both sides hold the same visual weight, they are balanced. If you are considering using this design principle, a good place to start is breaking up anything that is too matchy-matchy in a room. Take one of those matched vases I talked about before and move it to another room. Try balancing the other side of the mantel with flowers or a painting or a figurine. Have fun trying different things, it’s your home so if it feels right to you, than it is!
Friday, 16. March 2012
Symmetrical balance is a principle of design where there is a mirror-like balance of elements in a room. This picture (Ivory Homes model in the 2011 Salt Lake City Parade of Homes) is a good real life example. Notice the mantel has the same floral arrangement on each side. The hearth displays pottery on each side. And the chairs, though not mirror images, are of similar size so they are still symmetrically balanced. Symmetry is a bit formal. You can use it to ground elements that aren’t usually considered formal. It is possible (in my opinion) to overdo the symmetry. EXACT symmetry is too stiff. That is why I said this picture is a good real-life example. Notice the end tables flanking the sofa are completely different. It makes the room seem livable. I want to share the things I learn in design school to show the science behind the art of interior design. I am a firm believer in the power of knowledge. With the basics under your belt, there’s no reason your house can’t be your dream home.
Thursday, 1. March 2012
Repetition is a design principle where shapes, lines, forms or colors are repeated in a pleasing manner. Repetition is important because it will bring a sense and order to your room and home. It will make everything cohesive. In this room (an Ivory Homes model and 2011 Salt Lake Parade of Homes entry) you may notice that the same colors are repeated throughout the room. The yellow chairs have teal pillows, the teal chair has a yellow pillow and the cream-colored couch has both. The colors are also repeated in the accessories. Your eye travels around the room without skipping. A good rule-of-thumb is to repeat an element, like color or shape, at least three times in a room or throughout your home.