Design 101: Pattern

PatternMy Design 101 series focuses on the Principals and Elements of Design. The principles refer to the laws of design. Elements refer to the things that are involved in making a design. Pattern is an element of design, its definition is the repetition of an object or symbol throughout. The repetition can be either random or organized.

My favorite spaces have at least one pattern, usually more. I love eclectic interiors and those type of spaces usually incorporate many different patterns as well as design styles.

They key to creating a harmonious space with assorted patterns is to play with the scale. I like to use a combination of large, medium and small-scale patterns. This way, they don’t feel like they’re competing.

Here are some rooms that have really embraced pattern as a design element:















Pattern adds so much visual interest to a room and can be incorporated in so many different ways, whether it’s with textiles, woodwork, decorative tiles, or wallpaper. Pattern can work in any room and any feel. Soft and pretty or fun and up-beat. Pick your poison and have fun with it!



Design 101: Texture

One of the most essential elements of interior design is texture.  Texture is the surface characteristic of an  object. It refers to the rough, smooth, shine, dull, stiff, or soft aspect of an object; whether it be a wall treatment, rug, furniture, woodwork, or art.  There are two types: visual texture, and tactile texture. Both play a key role in creating a well-designed space. It’s important in interior design to incorporate a variety of different textures to feed the senses.

Be mindful of the space you’re working with as different types of textures make a big impact. For example, in small spaces it’s likely a better idea to use smooth, shiny textures as light will reflect off of these surfaces, making the room feel larger. Whereas larger, brighter rooms can portray rough textures that absorb light more gracefully.

If you have a lot of wood furniture in your house, try incorporating some shiny metals. If you have wood floors, layer on a woven natural rug; try something new and have fun mixing it up!

Design 101: Balance

Here’s a little something you learn in the very beginning of design school: Balance.

There are 3 types-

  1. Symmetrical: A mirror image – usually seen as a more formal atmosphere
  2. Asymmetrical: Disproportion between two parts – more informal
  3. Radial: Balance that radiates from the center

These 3 images below (as well as the first image above) represent ‘symmetrical’ balance.

Now, here are a few examples of ‘asymmetrical’ balance

And finally, ‘radial’ balance

I hope you learned something from this post and maybe even learned a little bit about yourself in the type of balance you prefer. Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix it up a little bit!

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