What Are The 7 Elements Of Interior Design?

Making log cabins appealing seems like a pretty easy task. All you have to do is be creative and add a touch of your personality, or so you would think. It turns out that this process is more intricate than that, and it all boils down to science. That’s right! Interior designers do not just move pieces around, but rather, they take note of how every little thing affects the other. And the way to do this is by understanding the essential elements in your space as follows:


When it comes to space, it is quite easy. It pertains to how much room is available to you, given the current confines of the room. Note that you can play about with this by expanding the space. However, where this is not possible, your eyes should be on the width, length, and height of the room. How you use this space will depend on what you wish to achieve in your design.

The best way to do this is by dividing the space into two: positive and negative. In the former, you place items that make the space alluring to you and your visitors. And in the latter, you leave it empty. That allows you to enjoy more room and to avoid the feeling of a busy space. Balance is of the essence in this case.

Also, the balance between the positive and negative space will depend on the design of the room. People going for a minimalist look often have more negative than positive space. The opposite of this is also valid.


Colour affects the feel of a room, and it can either make it feel relaxing, fun, or busy. Too much of anything will ruin the flow in a space, and it is always best to go for balance. A colour can make you connect to a space more than you relate to others. That is why people use green and blues in their bedrooms as they want these rooms to feel like safe havens. Red signifies appetite and is an excellent option for the kitchen.

When designing log cabins, the functionality of the rooms plays a significant part. Also, the size of the room will matter. Where the room is small, bright colours give the illusion that it is much bigger than it is. And for big spaces, dark colours work great in reducing the stretch of the space. It is all about figuring out what you wish to convey in a space.


Lines are essential in guiding the eyes across a space as they create contrast, unity, and a blend in the space. You can make dynamic, horizontal, and vertical lines. Horizontal lines work in adding formality to a space, and you can achieve this by using furniture with sharp corners. When dealing with a small space, these lines can make the room feel bigger. But too many of these will make the room feel dull.

Vertical lines give off the feeling of freedom, and you can create this through entryways. For example, if the space feels small, work on having many vertical lines to give the illusion of more vertical space. Too much of these will make the room feel hollow, and it can cause anxiety. Dynamic lines are a combination of diagonal, curved, and zigzagged lines. They are present in elements such as stairs, and they exude energy. They hold people’s attention for longer than other lines, and this can make them distracting.

Having a blend of different lines will work in making space energetic while creating some harmony. It is always best to focus on one line and to let the others complement it.


Form refers to the shape of space as well as other items in it. That means that this element incorporates anything that is three dimensional in the room. Form comes in two ways: geometric and natural. For geometric, the lines are hard and are often a result of human-made objects. When it comes to the natural form, it is about what exists in nature.

When adding anything to a space, you have to think about whether it will work with the size of the room. It also helps if you consider how this shape complements the others in the room. Similar shapes will create unity, while too many forms make a room feel busy.


What is the finish of the object that you wish to use in the space? That is what interior designers refer to as texture. You may not think that the finish of an object or surface will affect the balance of a room. However, it does, to a significant extent. It is best to play about with several textures as this adds depth to a room. You can have a smooth surface here and a glossy object in the corner. In doing this, you will create more detail, and you will hold people’s attention for longer. It is all about giving a room a feeling that is not busy.


Lighting can either come from nature or a human-made source, and it is a critical aspect of any space. Without it, you cannot enjoy the other elements. You can use it to add ambiance to a space, focus on objects, or give a room some functionality. Let’s take the example of office space. Here, the goal is to have a lot of light such that people can do their tasks as needed. For intimate dining rooms, dim lights work best. Also, you have to think about the size of the room and whether the available lighting will suffice.


Pattern works in adding some allure to a room, and you can do this by using rugs, fabrics, wallpaper, and other such items. You have to think about the style of the room before introducing patterns that could mess with the décor. Also, how big is the room? Small rooms can make do with few patterns, but you can be generous when working with big spaces.

Now, you have some ideas on how these elements work together in adding aesthetic value to a home. All the best!

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