Harmony and Cohesion in Interior Design

Updated: Oct 15, 2018

No doubt that the world has become a much busier place to exist in, with more and more people working longer hours and even spending precious weekends in the office. So finding the time to decorate and maintain our homes can almost feel like a luxury, and most people who do find the time often look for the quickest solutions rather than undertaking lengthy projects.

Having said that, in totality there is no getting away from the fact that more hours of our lives will hopefully be spent in our homes. And although most of that time will be spent sleeping, a significant junk of it will also be spent relaxing and lounging alone or with friends and family. Click images for details

Although we have said that the lack of spare time to decorate and maintain may influence the breadth of the projects that we undertake, it should not have to influence good design and our choice of materials, colours, accessories, and the expression of our personal taste and style. Good design can be summed up as living harmony and cohesiveness, and don't interpret this to mean conventional or boring! Click images for details

Defining Harmony and Cohesion

Let’s take a look at the dictionary definitions for harmony and cohesion - they are defined as to be in agreement in action, sense or feeling, and to be well integrated and unified. Overlaying these definitions on interior design, you can see that this translates to ensuring all our core constructs of interior design, space, shapes, lines, light, colour, texture and patterns are in agreement and well integrated with one another. Harmony will increase the perceived value of your design project. Click images for details

Harmony and Cohesion is being in agreement in action, sense of feeling and to be well integrated and unified

Know that colours are key, they are the foundation and often the starting point of our design, and wrong choices early on in the creative process can near ruin the outcome. Avoid using too many colours or colours that do not complement one another, back to that word - are not in harmony with one another. Using different shades and tones of the same colour works really well for most spaces, take a look at our blog post on Blush Pink Interior Design Trends and Monochromatic Colour Scheme for examples. Click images for details

Core constructs of interior design: space, shapes, lines, light, colour, texture and patterns need to be in agreement

Going back to the issue of time to decorate and maintain, even though our time may be on a budget, our choice of colours, textures, fabrics, lighting, style and elements, should never be compromised. Click images for details