When designing the interior of a home, office, or greenhouse, you should always take careful consideration of the overall space and how it’s coordinated. The goal of creating a coordinated space is to allow it to work effectively for its intended purpose. It’s critical that both the space and the items you choose to put in it work in concert to create balance and harmony.
First, let’s take notice of the overall interior space. Then, determine your needs and wants for the room. It takes a bit of critical thinking when placing furniture, wall decorations, seating arrangements, and storage to design a functional and workable space. Here are some helpful design tips to keep in mind to obtain your optimal coordinated interior!
1. Keeping Balance with a Variety of Styles. Mix it up in a well-thought-out manner. If you happen to be adding a touch of industrial with modern furniture and/or decor, keep in mind the idea of rhythm. Repeating both styles throughout the entire room will effectively create a cohesive marriage of the two without them seeming mismatched.
2. Staying in Line with Proportions and Scale. The scale and size of a room is crucial. Be aware of the size and shape of the items you’re putting in your space. Take into consideration the scale of one item against another, as well as the entirety of the interior. Try to align the room with similar-sized items or an offset of both so it stays uniform and doesn’t become unbalanced.
3. Creating a Sense of Unity. An easy way to implement a sense of harmony within the space is by using a set of particular colors, patterns, or textures throughout the entire room.
4. Organization and Storage. Keeping your space nice and tidy will help it seem more unified and coordinated, so designate a place to store loose, miscellaneous items. Buy baskets, cubbies, and containers for your space that allow for easy cleaning and tidying up before guests arrive.
5. Determining a Focal Point. There may be multiple focal points in one space. However, decide which area of a room to put the emphasis on. By doing so, you’re inherently adding interest to the room. A fireplace may provide a point of interest, and you can then arrange furniture in a way that emphasizes and coordinates the space.
Coordination is created by combining unity and variety in a strategically planned manner. By using these tips and understanding the basic concepts of interior design, you’ll be able to create a space that’s both true to your character as well as visually coordinated.
Ashly Bloore is a freelance writer and fashion design major