Principles and Elements of Design for Your Home

Posted: August, 18, 2023 | Categories: Blog | Tips & Trends

All right, imagine you're the director of a fabulous home makeover show, and you've got two superstar teams: the Elements of Design and the Principles of Design. These teams work together to create the most stunning and cozy spaces in your home.

artistic black and white photo of the corner of a mobile phone showing definition of design

Elements of Design: These are like the cool tools in a designer's toolkit. They're the basic ingredients that make your home decor and landscaping pop. We're talking about things like colors, shapes, textures, and all those little details that make your place uniquely "you."

Principles of Design: Now, think of the Principles of Design as the rules that guide your superstar teams. They help arrange those cool tools from the Elements team in a way that makes your home feel balanced, exciting, and totally inviting. These principles are like the secret sauce that turns a bunch of stuff into a beautiful masterpiece.


Here's a quick rundown of how they work together:



cream gold and white living room showing beautiful unity

This is like having a theme party where everything matches perfectly. The Elements team makes sure your colors, patterns, and styles are all in sync, creating a sense of togetherness that makes your home feel cozy and connected.



desk with flowers and framed picture showing balance between different objects

 Ever seen a seesaw? Balance is all about making sure no one side feels too heavy. The Elements team arranges things like furniture and plants to create a sense of equilibrium, so your space doesn't tip over into chaos.



fireplace given emphasis with lines architecture, color and furniture placement

Imagine you're on stage and all the spotlights are on you – that's emphasis! The Principles team helps highlight certain things, like a snazzy painting or a fancy vase, so they grab your attention and become the stars of the show.



delicate white on white and off white small table with delicate chairs and stand lamp demonstrating proportion in design

This is like Goldilocks – not too big, not too small, but just right. The Principles team helps figure out the perfect sizes for things like furniture or garden elements, so they fit together in a way that feels just... well, right!



example of contrasting colors in a bathroom with white walls, light countertops, dark cabinets and  dark hardware

Ever notice how a zebra's stripes stand out? That's contrast at play. The Principles team helps create excitement by placing things with different colors, sizes, or textures next to each other, making them really pop.



The repetition of the sea blue here in the bathroom cabinets and mirror trim give continuity

You know that catchy tune that gets stuck in your head? Repetition is like that – it uses the same elements, like shapes or colors, repeatedly to create a rhythm that ties your whole space together.



Super cool example of lines and window placement making the otherwise boring exterior of a building have movement and excitement.

Think of movement as the flow in your favorite dance routine. The Principles team uses lines, patterns, and shapes to guide your eyes through your space, making it feel lively and full of energy.


White Space: 

the use of white space in this photo draws attention to the the simple elegance of this desk.

This is like giving your eyes a break – a peaceful pause between all the action. The Principles team uses empty spaces to balance out the busy parts, creating a calming vibe that helps you relax.


So there you have it, your own home design dream team! The Elements bring the fun tools, and the Principles make sure everything's working together like a well-choreographed dance. With them on your side, your home will be the talk of the neighborhood – stylish, comfy, and full of personality!


P.S. If you'd like to see how these apply to DIY landscaping ideas - read my other post here. 

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Author: Beth Lemon