You cannot just put the right stuff together and think of yourself as a prominent designer; you should see the world and all its diversity in a special way. The major design concept – that of an ideal balance – is something that you, if you are a real designer, not just feel but know how to achieve. This concept is hard but not impossible to explain. Sometimes it is a perfect combination of mutually complementary similar things but mostly it is a combination of the opposite ones like old and new, black and white, heavy and light, etc.
Old vs. New
Antique and modern pieces of furniture mixed together within one room or house create not only a totally original look but a special atmosphere of traditional and innovative blend being felt each and every minute spent in the space. Likewise, this can be the mixture of accessories, if you know how to do it.
Color vs. Neutral
It’s all about the 80/20 principle. 80% of neutral color should be accentuated with 20% of the vivid one. Here neutral is not necessarily grey; it can be pink if you like it. It is only important that soothing background colors should be balanced with the bright ones.
Warm vs. Cool
Usually, our rooms feature one part of the color spectrum: either warm or cool. However, such an idea won’t work if you want to achieve the balance. Thus, you should not only choose between the colors but color spectrum as well. However, remember to stick to the 80/20 rule to do everything right.
Smooth vs. Textured
It doesn’t matter what will be smooth and what will be textured; it is more important to have them both. Thus, smooth white walls won’t look boring at all if there are various textured elements in the room like a beautiful bedspread in your bedroom or an incredibly soft rug in your living room.
Light vs. Heavy
Filling the room with either huge solid furniture or tiny light one you won’t achieve the required balance. Thus, you will never lose if you put a wire chair or a round end table made of manufactured wood to reduce the apparent heaviness of your, perhaps favorite, solid wood sofa set.