5 DESIGNER HACKS - Principles and Elements of Design to Achieve West Coast Style

We all have walked in to a space and just fallen in love, felt comfortable or safe and not really known why? We all have walked in to a space, spent the night in a hotel room and could not wait to leave, not knowing why we want to get the Hella out of that space! In no particular order, here are our top five elements and principles of design that we use at Jamie Banfield Deisgn to create a well executed space on any budget. If you are working on a bathroom renovation, a new home with the killer kitchen these five principles and elements of design will help you achieve our signature west coast style. 

1: LINE

From its structure to its contemporary furnishings, West Coast design is made up of strong lines. When intelligently used in a design; vertical, horizontal, or curvilinear lines are meant to guide a persons’ eyes through a space. Line is a simple thing you can add to any design to pull ones eye from top to bottom or left to right. Lines can make a space feel larger and line can also make a space feel cozy, pull down the ceiling or pull your eye to a focal point such as a window with a view or down a hallway to a special space such as a hotel room. When using line think of the outcome you want to active and how this can add to the overall fell of the space. We used lines in the form of shiplap by Metrie that pulls your eyes from left to right to take in this stunning view. We also have used line in a millwork detail by the BANFIELD to give the feel that this kitchen space is longer than it actually is. Due to the ceiling heights being so tall we wanted this space to feel wider than taller and a cozy place!

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2: TEXTURE

No West Coast style interior is complete without varying textures. Texture is one of my favourite things to play with in design. When we look out of our office window we see mountains, tree’s and water and over the seasons we see all the textures change! Such an inspiration. Texture implies both tactile and visual texture. Look out your windows at the real elements you see outdoors. West coast style is about mirroring those natural textures indoors through different materials and finishes. Find something you love such as a place you love to vacation to, a spot where you used to camp as a kid or just a restaurant that makes you feel amazing and pull textures inspiration from these areas.

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3: BALANCE

Symmetry is always pleasing to the eye, but asymmetry is also commonly seen in West coast design. It is often present in architectural features such as a sloped roofline; however, balance is not exclusively a physical principle. Balance in design is also a feeling of visual symmetry in colour, shape, scale etc. The use of balance in design is a technique that can create beautiful impact in a space.

4: CONTRAST

Contrast showcases the change in value, shape or scale between two different aspects of the design. A contrast in values and shapes can push an object as a background or emphasise an object by pulling it forward. This is a principle that can intentionally emphasize a feature in a design. Contrast can we showcases in ways of light to dark, warm to cool, or even in the form of shape of texture. You also can use many different layers of contrast just like this kitchen renovation with a crafted metal hood fan with light cabinetry and with the Montblanc 5043 Caesarstone Quartz Countertops.

5: HARMONY

The way this image showcases different scales, patterns, and colours of pebbles in a harmonious manner; is the way unity should help a design feel whole by bringing together different elements and principles of design. A completed design should feel harmonious. Harmony think of this as a way to layer tone on tone, same warmth or coolness on each other to create a well layered space. In this bathroom we layered Caesarstone Quartz door and dryer fronts, hand formed subway tiles with a Simply White OC-117 Benjamin Moore painted ceiling!

Good design is always intentional. There is nothing random about it. 

Made you think? Comment below of a principle or element of design you have notices in a space you have fallen in love with!

 

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