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The Elements of Design and the Holistic and Healing Powers behind them

Back when I was in Interior Design School, one of the first lessons they taught us was the importance of the Elements of Design. They are basically the building blocks of a room, and understanding these is crucial for creating a beautiful and balanced space.

When my career later evolved into holistic design and homes, my relationship with the Elements of Design shifted as well. Not only were these important in design, but they had some major power in shaping one's relationship with their homes through the energy these elements emit.

Using the Elements of Design and understanding their POWER, you too can work with them to create holistic and harmonious homes that heal and transform your life. Let's explore the five elements of design and learn about their energy.


Line: Infusing Energy and Direction

Lines play a vital role in interior design, conveying energy, movement, and visual interest. Straight lines evoke a sense of order and formality, while curved lines introduce softness and flow. Incorporating vertical lines can make a space feel taller, while horizontal lines can create a sense of stability. By strategically using lines, you can guide the eye, define boundaries, and add dynamic or calming effects to your space.

A Living Room Design in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Seattle
Horizontal line is emphasised through both furniture forms and built-in features

Color: Eliciting Emotions and Setting the Mood

Color is a powerful design element that can profoundly impact your emotions and perceptions. Each color carries its own psychological associations and even affects one's physiology. Warm colors like red and orange create a cozy and energetic feel, while cool colors like blue and green promote relaxation and tranquility. Experiment with color palettes to create the desired atmosphere in each space, reflecting your personal style and preferences.

A cozy bedroom in Madison Wisconsin
Green painted walls help to give this bedroom a calming effect

Shape/Form: Defining Structure and Aesthetics

Shapes and forms contribute to the overall aesthetics and functionality of a space. Squares and rectangles, offer a sense of order and structure, while organic forms, inspired by nature, bring a sense of fluidity and relaxation. Circular shapes bring more connection and unity, while triangles offer excitement and movement. Use shapes and forms to define furniture arrangements, architectural features, and decorative elements to create visual interest and harmony.

A beautiful conversation room in Everett Washington
A round coffee table choice aids in the sense of connection for this seating area

Texture: Adding Depth and Sensory Experience

Texture adds depth, tactile appeal, and visual interest to an interior. Smooth surfaces like resin, concrete, and tile create a sleek and modern ambiance, while rough textures, like chunky fabrics or knotty woods provide a cozy and comforting feel. Play with various textures such as wood, stone, fabrics, and metals to create contrast and balance within a space. The combination of different textures enriches the sensory experience, making the space more inviting and engaging.

A sleek office floor in downtown Seattle
The smooth porcelain floors convey a modern and sophisticated feel

Space: Balancing Functionality and Breathability

Space is the fundamental element that defines the flow, functionality, and overall comfort of a room. Consider both positive and negative space—the areas filled with objects and the areas left empty—when designing your interior. Thoughtful space planning allows for ease of movement, optimal functionality, and breathability. Balance the use of furniture, accessories, and open areas to create a harmonious and well-proportioned space.

Mastering the design elements of line, color, shape/form, texture, and space empowers you to create interior environments that are visually captivating, functional, and deeply HEALING. By intentionally utilizing these elements, you can transform your living space into a harmonious sanctuary that inspires, energizes, and nurtures your well-being. Try it out for yourself and for a more customized holistic home experience, be sure to check out my Hello Holistic Home Program.

Your Holistic Home Helper,



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