Trade Secrets of Successful Interior Designers

Trade Secrets of Successful Interior Designers

When it comes to interior design, it’�s probably safe to say that most of us are better informed than we were twenty years ago. Would you not agree?� Today there are countless shows that focus on interiors. You can�’t pass by a newsstand or grocery checkout without seeing and leafing through the pages Metropolitan Home,� Home & DesignVeranda or Elle Decor. As expected, the remarkable work of gifted interior designers are featured month after month.

How do they do it? How do they create those spectacular interiors, each one seemingly more astonishing? Is there something that they know that most people don�t? What�s their secret?

3 keys great interior designers always utilize:

  • Scale/Proportion: The size and shape of a room in relation or comparison to furnishings and architectural elements. A large room is better suited for furniture that is larger in scale. And vice �versa � a smaller room requires furniture that�s smaller in scale. For example, imagine a very small framed picture on a huge wall (the picture is too small in relation to the wall).
  • Balance: There are two types of balance that can be created in a room. Symmetrical balance is arranging furnishing that are the same or appear to be visually. Pieces are used in pairs or are mirrored. For example, placing an end table on each end of a sofa. (too much symmetry results in an uninteresting room). Asymmetrical balance is slightly different. This type of balance doesn�t mirror, it balances by using several items of various sizes spaced from one another with even visual weight. For example, a designer may place a set of frames of varying sizes on side of a shelf while positioning a stack of books on the opposite side. (when done correctly, the results are interesting and unexpected).
  • Harmony/Unity: All interior elements from wall colors to fabric patterns to flooring working together in unity to create a sense of order and refinement. This should be your goal for all interior rooms.

The cat�s out of the bag! It�s no longer a trade secret. Well designed interiors are the result of the skillful application three principles �— �scale, balance and harmony. Why not take a look around to see where you can implement these basic design principles. With practice and perhaps some assistance, your interior may begin to resemble the work an interior designer!

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Jonathan Bates customizes living spaces to fit the unique style of the homeowner. His company, Prizmatik Interiors, provides design consulting services to residences across the DC Metro areas.

2 Responses to Trade Secrets of Successful Interior Designers

  1. Scale/Proportion, Balance, Harmony and Unity. Now that I have your trade secrets, I’m going into the design business. Not! Knowing the secrets is one thing, but putting them into practice is a another game entirely. That is why most of us need your expert assistance.

    • Thanks Tom. You really should be in the design business, with your affinity for interiors!

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