When decorating your mountain or lakefront home at Lake Tahoe and Truckee, there are many design styles to choose from. These range from a rustic mountain feel to mountain modern, which uses clean lines and neutral colors to focus attention on the outdoor landscape.
Before choosing your furnishings, use these elements of interior design to help you approach it like a professional.
Balance and Symmetry
Approaching your interior layout, consider the type of harmony that appeals to you. Balance in interior design can involve symmetry, asymmetry or a spiral flow. Regardless of which approach you choose, the overall design will achieve a type of visual stability.
For symmetrical design, use a mirroring effect so that each side equally reflects the other. Any furniture placed on one side of the couch or bed is mirrored or copied at the other side.
An asymmetrical design might include the same mirroring approach, but with more flexibility. Rather than place two identical loveseats on either side of a couch, you might use two chairs on one side that offer the same sense of visual weight.
Additionally, a spiral approach to balance can be used. You will establish a focal point and place furniture facing or radiating outward from this center of focus.
Harmony and Unity
Even while all rooms in a house may have their own sense of design, a unified style will ensure harmony. This can be achieved by using similar materials or design themes that are repeated in subtle ways throughout the home.
A great way to achieve a sense of unity in your design is by using compatible colors from a chosen palette. Using a color wheel will allow you to mix colors and create palettes with varying degrees of contrast.
Using visual repetition in your theme can connect and tie your interior design into a unified and cohesive whole. While colors or fabrics can vary, ensure all elements establish a sense of harmony.
Rhythm and Contrast
In addition to recurrence and continuity, rhythm in interior design captures the organized movement of patterns. When selecting furniture styles, you can create a unified feel or interesting contrasts and comparisons.
The repetition of shapes, colors, forms, and textures are one example of rhythm. A simple mountain brushstroke painting can be replicated in a textile pillow with a geometric design. Gradation uses different sizes of similar items to move the eyes visually through the room.
Contrast places items in opposition to create an interesting way of inspiring visual rhythm. Use light vs dark or smooth vs rough to create contrast. Using the color wheel, you can use a bold color and pair it with its opposite color.
Emphasis and Focus
Create a focal point in your interior design that captures focus upon entering the room. In an expansive hallway, a bold piece of art on a tall stand might be the center of focus. This will actually emphasize the expansiveness of the area. A monotone couch can pop with a bold and colorful throw blanket. This element of interior design will add vibrancy and spice to more subtle or monotone furniture.
In kitchens and bathrooms, a great way to add focus and emphasis is with eye-catching tile colors or boldly colored accent walls.
Lake Tahoe and Truckee are home to many architects and interior designers who can help you. The area has developed its own brand of Tahoe and Truckee style. It can range from Old Tahoe to Mountain contemporary. Once you’ve found the perfect mountain home, adding your unique sense of style is easy when you remember balance, rhythm and focal points while decorating.
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