Interior Design Principles - Create Your Desk Empire

"Rome wasn't built in a day but your empire can."


Where To Start?

Whether you're upgrading a small section of your desk with a single product, or getting ready for a massive overhaul and upgrading your whole setup, you can find the perfect theme and style to match. Focus in on any preferences, options, and elements that will allow you to build your desk empire. For instance, are you creating an empire for work and productivity, or leisure and gaming, or both? These little things help you make the most informed decisions.


1. Color

Most of us have an affinity towards specific colors, leading to everlasting influence on the choices we make. For instance, we tend to gravitate towards certain colors when shopping for apparel. Some of us even have a closet with dominant color choices, which simply comes naturally to us. However, did you know that there’s a process for understanding colors and pairing them well? 

Color Theory derives from the color wheel, which isn't just a randomized palette of colors. Specific definitions, guidelines, and rules in visual arts allow professional artists and designers to tell a story simply by mixing colors. In other words, color theory is the science behind which colors integrate and mix artistically to invoke aesthetic pleasure. Presumably, colors play an important role in human psychology and emotions including altering a room's ambiance, influencing our moods and ultimately affecting how we feel. 


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The color wheel comprises of:

  • Primary Colors

Red, yellow, blue form the foundation of colors. 

  • Secondary Colors

Combining primary colors creates secondary colors, such as purple, green, and red-orange.

  • Tertiary Colors

You may create tertiary colors by combining secondary and primary colors, or primary colors in a ratio of 2:1.


Color Schemes Workspace Setups
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The creation of logical combinations using the color wheel is known as a color scheme. A scheme provides the right aesthetics when it comes to color style and appeal. Examples of color schemes are as follows:

  • Monochromatic

A variety of tones from of the same hue create a single or monochromatic scheme.

  • Analogous color scheme

You can create this using colors which find a place next to each other on the color wheel; for example, an ombré color scheme.

  • Triadic

You can create this triadic from hues that are spaced out equally on the color wheel.

  • Complementary

These are colors on opposite sides of the wheel. Upon mixing two of these colors, the result will be a muddy brown color.

  • Tetradic

Variants of dual colors are distributed evenly across the color wheel.

  • Split Complementary

These are two colors on opposite ends of the color wheel, with one of them split into two more adjacent colors. An example is yellow-green.


The 60-30-10 Rule

The timeless and ultimate rule of interior design that helps create a color palette for a space. It states that 60% of any space should be a dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color or texture and the last 10% should be an accent. 

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2. Style & Persona

If you have yet to identify your particular style or if you're uncertain about how to proceed, you can consider these five main styles to choose from:

  • Casual Style: casual looks bring comfort, warmth, and relaxation to the home. This can be accomplished with rectangular elements, rustic design, and soft furniture with textured fabrics.
  • Formal Style: formal styles invite elegance, symmetry, and exquisite furniture. Consider an elegant style with high ceilings, polished woods, and tall windows. Imported rugs, antique accessories, and decorative trims are a must for this type of interior.
  • Contemporary Style: modern styles keep current trends alive. While what's hot changes, typically the contemporary look includes a fundamental, simplistic, and subtle sophistication. There are often neutral colors involved, structural elements available, and furniture pieces that are smooth and geometric.
  • Traditional: take a look at traditional styles and compare them with some of the latest decorating trends. You'll likely find that nothing is truly new, but rather revamped. Regardless, it's fun to see how old favorite themes, fabrics, and details adapt to a fresh new look.
  • Inspired: being that your style was adapted and inspired by something (anything). It can be your favorite movie, show, anime, sports team, company, book, brand, landmark, ornament, ancient history, color, painting, nature, Greek god, country, culture or any subject like math or science. What defines style is how you decide to portray your personality in a way that makes it visual.


 3. Shapes & Patterns

Points, lines, surfaces, form, shape, angles – all words associated with geometry. Geometric interior design is a textbook tool in styling and scheming. Fundamentally, geometric forms is the science of shape and interior designing is all about synchronizing patterns and shapes in an aesthetic style.


Breaking Monotony

A space may look dull and boring if everything in the room is of the same size and of symmetrical shape. Coherent but asymmetric geometric patterns can add a different vibe to a room’s décor and can really add style and elegance to the interior designing. Imagine a room with all its furniture being rectangular in shape. It would just not make sense.


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Asymmetric Harmony

Having geometrically varying objects around is highly appealing to the eye. Different shapes go well together if the correct sizes are coordinated. For instance, to build a visually pleasing workspace empire, if you have a rectangular desk, keyboard, and computer screen, go for a triangular table lamp and an oval or round-shaped wall clock. This provides asymmetric synchronization and gives your space a more aesthetic finish.


Final Thoughts

Every piece of furniture, every pattern, and every item of decoration must complement each other. The unity and uniformity of all the design elements together make for a beautifully designed empire. You must always ensure that there is a smooth flow in your use of colours, style, geometric shapes and patterns etc.




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