7 Elements of Design

Design sparks the creative gene where visions become reality. Creating a space that has the best ambiance, as well as functional is the science behind interior design. Using specific elements to assemble and enrich a space with balance heightens the efficacy of the area. These important elements are implemented to disguise or enhance the many characteristics and blemishes that come with the space. Some of the best designed spaces pay tribute to observing the 7 elements of design. Let’s talk further about the elements of design and how they should be utilized!


  1. Color

Color is one of the most important elements due to its own science. It has the power to develop mood and adjust acuity within the dimensions of a space. The psychology behind color is so powerful that when it comes to design it should be used to its full potential. Color can evoke sensations and bring about memories by energizing psychological responses from the human body. When deciding what colors to use for rooms keep in mind what the space will be used for – different colors evoke different emotions. Here are some main takeaways about color:

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  • Blues and greens attract calming environments while reds attract passion or hunger.
  • Brighter colors in small spaces develop the illusion of more space.
  • Darker colors portray a power stance in larger spaces.
  • Natural light and artificial light can modify the perception of the color.

  1. Form

Form is the configuration of the room, including any object that is within. It is associated with the physical appearance of objects that are three dimensional. Form can be defined as things that are natural or geometric. Natural objects are those that are environmentally made, while geometric objects are those that are man made with harsher characteristics. It is important to consider the size and shape of a space when an individual begins to add objects. Instead of adding objects with different features, which can have a perplexing result, add objects with similar features to create a flow and balance within the room. Ambiance and aesthetics is more easily achieved when a sole feature is used through and through.


  1. Texture

When something is missing in a room it is probably because there is lack of texture. Adding objects carefully is how texture is brought to life, it develops a specific appeal. Essentially, texture gives a space feeling!

Texture is the physical surface of an object or finish. It is often overlooked, but adds a significant importance to a space. Blending textures creates a profound, but extensive space that remains subtle. When an individual thinks of texture they imagine smooth, grainy, or glossy which all have the capacity to add detail and be appealing to the eye.

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  1. Space

Space is the foundation of every design, and is the basic idea behind every plan. Using what you have and taking advantage of that is the secret behind how a designer can change a space when it cannot be easily altered. Space can be defined in two ways negative and positive space. A negative space are those that are empty – minimalist if you will, and a positive space are those that are filled with objects. Finding a balance between the two enables great functionality throughout the space.


  1. Pattern

Pattern is very similar to texture, in which it brings the aesthetics of a space together. A room is designed through the use of: Rugs, Wallpaper, and Fabrics

Bringing in these means of pattern must be used sparingly to stray away from overwhelming a space. Consider including only three types of patterns to create a constant theme, and surely your space will come to life!


  1. Light

Lighting might be one of the most important elements when it comes to design. Light allows all the other elements to play their role to the best of their ability. Lighting can be broken down into three categories: Task Lighting, Accent Lighting, and Mood Lighting

It is important to consider the space before adding light – different areas require different types of lighting. While lighting allows individuals to function in some aspects, lets think about how it has the potential to adjust the mood and create an environment where it determines other elements among the space. Lighting can add what you didn’t know you were looking for in a space!


  1. Lines

Lines helps shape a room whether it is vertical or horizontal. Often times a designer creates lines using the objects in the room, but it all remains structural. Designing balanced lines creates flow and contrast. Use one dominant feature line and build off of that – this will enable an individual to create a systematic ambiance.

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Design elements are equally important in creating that space you have been desiring for. Throw all these together and designing that aesthetically pleasing space will be easy as pie!


Did enjoy learning how to create the best space in your home? If so, give this read a like! I would love to hear about your personal design experience that has incorporated some or all the elements, leave a comment below! Thanks for reading and lets bring those spaces to life!


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