Interior Design Elements to Consider

Many people confuse interior design with interior decoration. The first means redesigning an entire space from scratch, while the second means decorating an existing space with additional upholstery and furniture. The principles of interior design include:


This is one of the most important elements of interior design. It acts as a foundation upon which the whole interior design plan is assembled. Space is divided into two-dimensional and three-dimensional space. The former covers the floor only, while the latter forms the entire living space.


Lines create shapes and forms. Moreover, they are responsible for creating harmony, unity, and contrast in any space. Lines act as visual guidelines for any interior space. Your Sonoma County interior designer must know how to use lines to delineate forms.


Forms refer to shapes – an outline of any 3-dimensional object in a space. You can combine two or more shapes to create a form. They can also be accentuated using elements such as color, texture, and pattern. Forms can either be natural or geometric.


This is an obvious element of interior design. Without it, other elements, including pattern, color, and texture have no meaning whatsoever. There is natural lighting and artificial lighting. The latter is divided into three types: task, mood, and accent lighting.


Colors create a visual connection between objects and they set the mood. Every color has three distinct characteristics: value, hue, and intensity. Your Sonoma County interior designer should be aware of the three to perform different combinations and permutations. Colors are classified into primary and secondary.


Patterns add life and interest to any interior design. They tell their own story, while adding smooth transition and continuity to any space.

In order to ensure that all of these elements are addressed by your Sonoma County interior designer, contact Humanity Home at 707-595-5046 for your next interior design project.