Interior Design Principles: Creating Harmony in Your Home

Guys, this is the last of our design principles that we've been covering the last 5 or 6 weeks. This has been a fun but challenging series for me to write because it can easily become kind of dry and boring if it's not your thing. 

I think it's so important to know and understand these principles, though, because once you have a grasp on them, I believe that it can expand your imagination and creativity and give you a foundation to do anything you want to create a beautiful and comfortable home.

Today's post is going to be short and sweet. We're talking about creating harmony in your home. So, let's get to it!


I'm gonna forgo the fancy definition this time around because I don't think it's really needed here. Harmony is basically all of the principles that we've already talked about and any other elements of design combined into a pleasing whole. It's everything combined together that creates that feeling of just rightness that makes you breath a sigh of satisfaction when you step back and take a look at something you've created and everything has fallen into place just perfectly.

How do you create harmony in your rooms and home?

Harmony in your rooms and homes is created through what seems like two opposing elements- unity and variety.

Think of creating harmony in your home like a well matched couple. In some ways they are very similar and almost exactly alike,  but in some ways they are completely different. Their similarities are part of what make them work so well together, but their differences are what make them interesting and help complement or complete the other. If they were both exactly alike, they would be boring and predictable to each other and everyone around them, but if they were crazy different, they probably wouldn't get along at all.

It's the same when designing a room and home. You want to include elements that are similar to each other such as furniture style and colors, but you can also vary these elements as well and mix and match to create an interesting and harmonious room that is uniquely you. 

One small area that you can start practicing this principle in is your bathroom. Instead of using matching floor mats and toilet seat covers and matching curtains and towels, try mixing it up a little bit with different colors and textures like Laura from the Unique Nest did in her bathroom

Interior Design Principles: Creating Harmony in Your Home

Choose a bathmat that contrasts with your shower curtain, and if you're bathroom is big enough you can use a more decorative rug instead of your typical bathmat in front of the sinks or even in front of the tub if you don't mind a fancier rug taking some bathroom wear. Just be sure you put something underneath it to keep it from slipping out from under you. Falling butt naked on the floor is not a fun or pretty experience. Here's some pretty bathrooms with fancy rugs that I've been loving on Pinterest lately. 

You can read or review the rest of this series through the links below. If you'd like me to create a PDF with these principles as an easy reference tool, let me know in the comments below, and I'd be happy to do that for you guys!