Rules of interior Design – Unity, Harmony, and Contrast

Unity, Harmony and Contrast, I know it sounds like a lot, or the name of a folk band.   In design  (and life)  these principles are essential.   A space without these elements will be unremarkable. The space will be the dreaded beige room you don’t enjoy spending time in and no one remembers.


Unity allows the room to be viewed as a whole rather than a collection of items. Unity can be achieved with subtle themes, (such as a coastal or Adirondack inspired), a dominant color or pattern.


Harmony in design, like music, creates the ideal combination of elements (like voices) to  create the overall look and feel of interior design.  Harmony happens when colors are working together.  For example colors next to each other on a color wheel will work (called analogous) or colors across from each other (called complementary).


Contrast works through comparison. Much like a red scarf with a black dress, contrast can save the beige room. Keep in mind, light colors seem lighter when placed next to dark, and dark colors seem darker when placed next to light.

These ideas add “pop” to your space. Put a red lacquered coffee table and a few red pillows in a beige room and you have a real game changer.

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