Basic Design Principles New Home Owners Should Know

Leaving a few spaces empty is the first step in creating a peaceful sanctuary.

Some people are naturally gifted with designer instincts. But for new homeowners who are clueless when it comes to designing their homes, here are some basic design principles to keep in mind.

Choose the room’s focal point

When you enter a well-designed room, do you notice how your eyes are instantly drawn to an object or an area within the room? It can be a beautiful detail like a bay window, or a well-positioned decor item like an eye-catching painting. This particular feature is called the focal point.

Some rooms have built-in focal points that can easily become the center of attention. These are architectural details like windows, well-placed built-in shelving, or even intricate mouldings on the ceiling. But rooms that lack architectural details can be quite a challenge to decorate.

When you run into a blank wall, it is best to create your own focal point. Choose a statement piece of furniture, add a bold color on a wall, or highlight an artwork from your collection. You can also create a room layout that naturally leads your guests to the center of your room. Even simply rearranging the furniture can help set up your room’s focal point.

Learn the basic measurement rules

Knowing the basic measurement rules can spell the difference between good and bad design. While it’s easy to just rely on our creative instincts when we decorate, it is always better to fall back on the basics.

When hanging a picture or artwork frame, for instance, make sure to keep it at eye level, which is typically 56 to 60 inches from the floor. Leave a space of about 5 to 9 inches between the frame and your furniture. And depending on your wall arrangement, keep a distance of no more than 5 inches between each frame.

Less is more

Sometimes, when moving into a new home, it is tempting to fill all the walls and and blank spaces with all sorts of decoration. But we must keep in mind that our eyes need to rest, too. Leaving a few spaces empty is the first step in creating a peaceful sanctuary. And isn’t that what you want to have at the end of each day?

Create movement and visual interest through rhythm

While many prefer a minimalist approach when it comes to decorating and designing a home, others prefer to add more flavors in their design scheme by creating visual interest. And one of the best ways to achieve this is by using rhythm.

Rhythm leads our eyes to move around a room in an organized way. It helps connect the different design elements and bring unity throughout the space. And one of the best ways to create rhythm is by using repetition.

By repeating certain shapes, lines, colors, or textures, we also create a sense of balance and cohesiveness in the room. Use a particular color palette and distribute it within the different areas in the room. Mirror architectural features such as identical shelving or windows. Or repeat lines on throw pillows to achieve a sense of balance.

The task of decorating one’s home may be daunting for a new homeowner. But these basic design principles can help in achieving the look that you want for your own home. In the end, it is best to trust your own designing instincts. After all, the point of having a home is to have a space that you can relax and be yourself in.

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