When discussing the principles of Unity, Harmony and Variety, it is almost impossible to describe one without talking about the other two. Unity is the repetition of a common element or characteristic within your space to provide visual harmony. For example, a monochromatic color scheme or repetition of shape and form within a design brings sameness and cohesion.
Contrast is the juxtaposition of elements that are opposite; dark and light, big and small, thick and thin, heavy and light. Contrast for designers is, in reality, more important than that; it is arguably the most important element of the design. Designers strive to create interesting, comfortable, creative spaces and easily achievable using contrast. Continue reading
The concept of balance as it refers to the interior means achieving visual equilibrium through the arrangement or proportion of parts of the whole. We can achieve balance in our spaces through reaching equilibrium among varying forces of weight, texture, color and size. Balance in design is can be achieved in a variety of ways; the easiest (in my opinion) being symmetrical balance. A nightstand on either side of a bed, two end tables flanking a sofa, a dining room table are several common examples of symmetrical design within our spaces. Continue reading