Trends may come and go, but the principles of interior design are forever. That’s why, regardless of what your décor preferences may be, we think it’s important you learn about these principles. In the past, we’ve waxed poetic about the importance of balance and symmetry and now we’re tackling harmony and unity.
Read on to learn what these concepts are, why they’re important, and how to make them work in your own interiors. Though they may seem simple at first glance, we can almost guarantee that they play a much bigger role than you think.
What are harmony and unity?
Though unity and harmony may sound similar, they each play distinct roles in the way we experience interior design. They can be described as follows:
Harmony is the sense that all of the elements of your design fit together. They may fit the same theme, aesthetic style or mood. The important takeaway is that each distinct piece seems to belong together in some way, even if it is not identical to anything else.
Unity refers to the repetition of particular elements throughout your design — whether they’re colors, shapes or materials — to pull the look together.
These principles are used to create a sense of cohesion in the space. Think of how you can incorporate them, not only in each room, but throughout your house as a whole. In truth, sticking to one unified aesthetic in a home rather than having distinctly themed rooms is one of the tools professional interior designers use to take their work to the next level.