Whilst beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there are various design elements that create certain feelings. There is a plethora of visual combinations that are pleasing to the eye- but this is a very personal and subjective experience. Make sure the visual style you choose for your space serves the purpose of the room & the function of the room as well as the people who are going to be using it. Don’t be afraid to mix things up to create visual interest- but don’t overdo it as it could become overwhelming.
Colour can greatly influence the mood of space- yet is highly personal- consider carefully the mood of the room- calm & soothing or bright and energetic. Whilst paint is the cheapest most effective way to introduce some overall colour, wallpapers and scatter cushions can bring in complimentary colours that can add a pop and visual interest to a space.
LINE & SHAPE
Consider whether you want formal, structural lines or shapes that are soothing curving lines. Geometric shapes create formal sophistication whilst sinuous shape create a casualness and calmness- mixing the two can lead to a very smart yet comfortable space. Diagonal shapes and lines create movement and tend to lean towards an energetic atmosphere. The juxtaposition of different shapes and forms in a simple way creates visual interest and leads your eye around the room.
Lighting enhances shape, textures, changes colours, mood and ambiance of a space- it is a good idea to outline what you’d like to highlight and what mood you’d like to create through lighting is your space- sunny and bright, romantic and sultry? Asking these important question will lead to a creative lighting solution.
Symmetrical balance lends itself to that which is formal, asymmetry lends its self to casualness- the key to all interiors is to create visual balance through scale, colour intensity & texture. Overly asymmetric spaces create visual discomfort- they look unbalanced.
To create visual tension on must use contrast of colours, lines, shapes and textures- the visual richness of combining seemly opposites can create interesting combinations for an exciting space- the contrast enhances the difference between rough and smooth textures, light and dark colours, natural and industrial materials. By juxtaposition things that contrast each other it essentially enhances their individual qualities- much like adding a pinch of salt to a sweet recipe to enhance the sweetness.