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Interior Design 101

The 7 key components of interior design are color, form, light, line, pattern, texture, space. While it’s essential to learn more about each of these in-depth, this article highlights the best tips and tricks from each of our “Interior Design 101” series. Today on the blog, Vishion discusses everything you need to know for interior design 101 mastery.

Interior Design 101: What To Know

Interior Design

Interior Design from Mymove

The New York School of Interior Design defines interior design as how people experience a space. As humans are spending more and more time indoors, especially with the current pandemic, our interior environment plays a big role in affecting our moods. There’s a lot that goes into designing an interior space. You need to plan, research, and create a layout, which all comes together to create an aesthetically pleasing environment. This all-encompassing guide introduces everything you need to know to become an interior design 101 pro.

Color in Design

If you find color theory to be daunting and difficult to understand, you can take solace in the fact that there are several tried-and-true, logic-based color rules that cater to professional designers and design lovers. To really get down to the basics of interior design 101, you need to know all about color.

The Color Wheel

The Color Wheel

The Color Wheel from DecoArt

You can use the color wheel to conceive various aesthetically balanced color combinations, the most basic of which is a complementary color scheme. The color wheel refects all colors and shows the relationships between them. These relationships are either complementary colors or analogic colors

The 60-30-10 Rule

The 60-30-10 Rule

The 60-30-10 Rule from Uniplace

If you’re puzzling over how many colors and how much of each is appropriate to have in one room, consider the 60-30-10 ratio. This ratio tells you the classic interior design rules for creating a color palette for a space. The dominant color should account for approximately 60 percent of the room, the secondary color should account for approximately 30 percent, and the accent color should account for approximately 10 percent.

Color and Color Palettes

Now that you know a little bit about color rules, it’s time to put them into action. Creating a color palette is essential to ensuring an adhesive aesthetic and a consistent look. It can be daunting to create a color palette for the first time on your own. Luckily, Vishion is here to help. Here are some color palette posts that will inspire yours instantly:

Ways to Bring Color to Your Space

  • Paint
    • If you’re thinking about redoing your space, giving your home a fresh coat of paint may be just what it needs to make it seem brand new. When giving your home an updated look, there are a few things to keep in mind to make it look professionally painted.
  • Wallpaper
    • With various trendy colors and patterns to choose from, wallpaper poses a fun and funky alternative to paint. It’s important to understand terms such as booking, blistering, butting, colorway, and centering if you want to learn how to put up wallpaper like a pro.

Light

Modern Lighting

Modern Lighting from CB2

When it comes to your space’s ambiance, interior lighting is everything; however, it doesn’t just affect your aesthetic. It can also drastically affect your mood. Here is where you should understand color temperature, which is the difference between warm, neutral, cool lighting, and the different lighting types: ambient, task, and accent lighting. Lighting is just another key factor to mastering interior design 101.

Space

Designing With Furniture

Furniture in design

Furniture in Design via Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

While it sometimes may feel daunting to choose furniture and decor for your home, they’re key components when it comes to design. Furniture and decor are really what make your space and are just as important as a paintbrush is to an artist.

If you’re into DIY projects, there are many ways you can easily create furniture and decor that will add an aesthetic element and a unique flair to your interior design.

  • Upholstery
    • At first blush, upholstery seems like a job best left to the professionalsbut it’s faster, easier, and cheaper than you might think. As with any DIY project, your best bet when upholstering furniture for the first time is to start small, such as with a chair seat or a headboard.
  • Patterns 
    • The colors and patterns you gravitate towards say a great deal about your unique design style. Because we encounter both regularly, our preferences tend to develop instinctively and shift naturally. Color-pattern compromise is one of those things that shouldn’t stand out in a professionally designed space. If it’s done correctly, the effect should be seamless and subtle.
  • Textiles
    • Textiles are any products that are made of fabric or woven. These components can serve to inspire many facets of interior design. Using these products in your space helps set the environment’s mood and adds the key finishing touch to create a complete design.

Feng Shui and Space

How to feng shui

How To Feng Shui from Simply Abundance

Feng Shui is all about finding balance and chi in different spaces throughout your home. China created this ancient art more than 3,000 years ago. Feng shui is essential in making sure people live in harmony with their environment. Due to COVID-19, it may seem difficult to implement this practice into your home without buying anything new. That’s why Vishion is here to help. Finding good Feng Shui can be just as easy as rearranging the items you already have in your home.

Inspire Your Next Interior Design With Vishion

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  • Upload an inspirational photo or type in a HEX color
  • Search for decor by your chosen color
  • Explore all decor options with Vishion
  • Find your perfect match and start your project today

A Guide to Shopping, Styling, and Creating Large-Scale Art

When it comes to art, bigger can be better. In this article we give the low-down on large-scale art: how to shop for it, style it, and DIY your own.

Eco-friendly Tiny Home Design

A design trend that has recently gained more traction is eco-friendly tiny homes. With the cost of living increasing and climate change only getting worse, many Americans are downsizing there large homes for more eco-friendly designs. Today on the blog, we walk through a tiny house – or take a step rather – and discuss what goes into the design of this type of sustainable living.

Back 2 School: Turning Your Home Into a Classroom

As many of us gear up to head back to school, the classroom will look a bit different this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly all aspects of our day to day lives, and school is no exception. Although some districts have opted to continue face-to-face education, the majority of the country has needed to adapt to a brand new environment and to convert their homes into makeshift classes. This blog post will provide some teacher-approved and design-friendly essentials for turning your space into a classroom, to help optimize the success of your students.

Turning Your Home Into a Classroom

A desk with chair and supplies

At Home Classroom Design From Schoolhouse

We can all agree on one thing: The transition from in-person to online instruction has been difficult. At the beginning of the pandemic, the immediacy of it all was stressful, and adapting to an entirely new method of learning in the middle of the school year was hard. But now, five months into this, we’ve figured some things out. And, although nothing can replace the physical classroom, we’ve also learned a thing or two about turning our homes into a virtual learning space where students can thrive, and interior design can survive.

Dry Erase Board

Bedroom desk area with whiteboard

Desk Area With Whiteboard From DKOR Interiors

One decor item that is essential for an office or a classroom is a whiteboard. Not only are they helpful for writing down and keeping track of everyone’s schedules, but they also provide a way for your student to diagram, take notes, and write math problems. The benefit is that things can be erased and changed for continued use. But whiteboards can also be chic. You can keep your whiteboard design-friendly by adding a DIY frame, pairing it with a corkboard, or by placing wall hangings around it. 

Multifunctional Metal Grids

Metal grid hanging on wall

Metal Grid From Songmics

Recently, several interior designers have incorporated the use of hanging metal grids in their designs. These decor items are not only on point, but they also serve a purpose. Metal grids can be used to hang papers or photos, and you can also buy shelves that attach on to them for items such as candles or small succulents. Wire baskets can also be hung on these metal grids for storage of school supplies or other essentials such as tissues or hand sanitizer. Multifunctional metal grids can keep your DIY-learning space organized while enhancing the design of your room.

Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves with books

Floating Shelves From Inmod

Again, some of the essential items to any home-classroom design are those that are both trendy and multifunctional. Another recent design craze is floating shelves. These can be incorporated into your space to help promote organization and eye-catching interior design. Floating shelves can be used to house easy-to-reach books and office items. This keeps the books from cluttering the floor or desk and allows for them to be displayed in a design-friendly way. Floating shelves can also be used for storage bins. You can label these containers with your students’ items, like art supplies, which can quickly be taken down and put back up after use. 

TIP: Add other decorative items to the shelves to create an even trendier space. Use succulents, picture frames, and standing clocks. These extra decor items can also elevate the learning environment for your students.

A Comfy Chair

A round, teal, plush saucer chair

Comfy Saucer Chair From Pottery Barn

With constant meetings, classes, and calls, Zoom fatigue is real. Depending on what grade your student is in and their teacher, they may find themselves in long hours of virtual classes. It’s beneficial to your student to invest in a comfy chair that they don’t mind sitting in for some time while they’re in class. Trendy saucer chairs or cushy office chairs will keep your student comfortable and attentive. Some students find it challenging to sit for long periods. In this case, consider trying alternatives, such as exercise balls they can bounce on, wobble chairs they can move on, and bean bags they can rest on. These different chair options offer stylish solutions to the issue of long-term sitting.

Rolling Storage Cart

A white rolling cart for storage

3 Layer Rolling Cart From Wayfair

Rolling storage carts are yet another fashionable and multifunctional piece of decor that is beneficial to your home classroom. With their multiple layers, they can be used for extra storage, they can add space to your room, and they’re a hot ticket item in interior design. Rolling storage carts can easily be moved around your home, especially if your student likes to utilize different spaces for their learning. They can hold essentials such as books, supplies like scissors and colored pencils, and if your student gets hungry, snacks. These are also a great option if you want to add a pop of color into your classroom space.

Use Vishion to Inspire Your Home Classroom

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  • Search for decor by your chosen color
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  • Find your perfect match and start your project today

Travel Inspiration | Designing Rooms Inspired by National Parks

Sitting at home craving adventure? Yeah, me too. The 61 iconic U.S. National Parks are fantastic places to explore; some without even stepping foot on a plane. However, as much as I encourage taking advantage of working from home and embarking on a road trip; I want to show you color palettes inspired by parks in the Western U.S. This way, you can incorporate paint colors, furniture, and decor that will transport you to the park in your own home.

Color 101 | Your Guide To Colorful Design

With so many shades and combinations to choose from, it can sometimes feel like there’s no right answer when devising a color palette for your home. In this article, we explore and explain color rules that will change the way you decorate.

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