7 Principles of Interior Design that every designer must know !

In our pervious article ‘7 Elements of Interior Design’ we explored the 7 elements of interior design (Space, Line, Forms, Light, Color, Texture and Pattern) that form the foundation of any interior design. In this article we are going to explore the 7 principles of interior design that define the ways these 7 elements must be used. An interior designer needs to be well versed with these 7 principles interior design  to arrange/organize the 7 elements so that a good composition is achieved. So without further ado, let’s jot down the 7 principles of interior design and understand their significance in the world of interior design!

The principle of Unity, as the name implies stresses on the fact that there should be a sense of uniformity or harmony among all the 7 elements used. Interior design should serve as a visual guide for a person to understand a living space,

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50+ Contemporary House Exterior Design Principles

Contemporary House Exterior

The exterior of your home is not only the face of your house you show to the world but also the interface between the outside world and the private world of your indoor living space. When thinking about a contemporary house exterior the design principles to follow are predominantly modern in character; sharply angular windows and roof lines are typical, large windows to let natural light pour into the living space are common and restrained use of planting and lighting are preferred. Depending on which face of the property exterior you are working on, the design serves a different purpose; at the rear of the property facing a garden, the goal should be to open up the home into the garden as much as possible when desired, whilst on the frontage of the property more privacy is required. 

Styling, Materials and Colours

The contemporary house exterior has

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Principles of Design

Principles of Design

The Principles are concepts used to organize or arrange the structural elements of design. Again, the way in which these principles are applied affects the expressive
content, or the message of the work.

The principles are:

  • Balance
  • Proportion
  • Rhythm
  • Emphasis
  • Unity

  • Balance is the concept of visual equilibrium, and relates to our
    physical sense of balance. It is a reconciliation of opposing forces in a
    composition that results in visual stability. Most successful compositions
    achieve balance in one of two ways: symmetrically or
    asymmetrically. Balance in a three dimensional object is easy to understand; if balance isn’t achieved, the object tips over. To understand
    balance in a two dimensional composition, we must use our imaginations to carry
    this three dimensional analogy forward to the flat surface.

    Symmetrical balance can be described

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    Interior design: The 8 most important principles

    According to designer Joelle Nesen, “there are no rules” when it comes to interior design, but everyone can use a few tips and tricks. We spoke with Nesen, founder of the Portland-based firm Maison, and Jenny Guggenheim, of Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio, to get their insights into the interior design process.

    “If you do [interior design] well,” says Nesen, “you can do anything” in your space. To find home design nirvana, be sure follow these eight underlying principles.

    1. Plan for real life

    In the interior design process, “Space planning is first,” says Nesen. According to the American Institute of Architects, space planning includes blocking out interior spatial areas, defining circulation patterns, and developing plans for furniture layout and equipment placement.


    Both Nesen and Guggenheim advise that every interior design project begins with an assessment of a room’s functional deficiencies and how the elements can be manipulated to better

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    The principles of design | J6 design Australia

    What does the 6 stand for in j6 design? Answer: the 6 fundamental principles of design which are: balance, proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast and space. Lets look at what each does.


    The elements and principles of design are the building blocks. The elements of design are the things that make up a design. The Principles of design are what we do to those elements. How we apply the principles of design determines how successful the design is.

    The elements of design

    • LINE – The linear marks made with a pen or brush or the edge created when two shapes meet.
    • SHAPE – A shape is a self contained defined area of geometric (squares and circles), or organic (free formed shapes or natural shapes). A positive shape automatically creates a negative shape.
    • DIRECTION – All lines have direction – Horizontal, Vertical or Oblique. Horizontal suggests calmness, stability and tranquillity. Vertical gives
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    How to Use Basic Design Principles to Decorate Your Home

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    Some people are born with a great eye for decorating or design. Others learn the skill and are able to apply it successfully. And then there are the rest of us. If you don’t have much of a knack for design, a few basic techniques can go a long way.

    These decorating rules and principles are simple enough that most anyone can apply them. Your home might not look like a West Elm catalogue, but it’ll look presentable.

    Follow The Rule of Odd Numbers

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    You might already be familiar with the rule of thirds for photography. Designing with odd numbers as a foundation can create harmony and visual interest, explains designer Cecilia Walker:

    The basic idea of the rule is that details and objects that are arranged or grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered pairings.

    It helps to have groupings of objects in

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