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SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF GOOD DESIGN Brought to you by Columbia Paint, a Benjamin Moore Dealer

Over the course of the next month, we will be discussing the seven principles of good design and how we at Columbia Paint can help you execute each of the seven principles in your home.

The Seven Principles are:

Unity: A sense of uniformity or harmony in the space

Balance: Achieving visual equilibrium through the ordered distribution of elements of equal visual weight around a central axis. Can be symmetrical, asymmetrical, or radial

Rhythm: Suggests connected movement between different elements of interior design. Elements can be repeated, alternated, or arranged in progression to maintain a “visual tempo”

Emphasis: A central piece of art or furniture plays the role of a focal point or attention grabber. Other items around the focal point are used to complement it

Contrast: Can be achieved through differences in color, form, and space

Scale & Proportion: Ensures objects placed in a space look like they belong to each other. Achieving a harmony that is established through size, dimension, shape, or color of objects and how they relate to one another

Details: The little things in a space that add life and interest to it

Each of these principles contributes to the overall success of your space. Today we will be focusing on emphasis, which is a central piece of art or furniture plays the role of a focal point or attention grabber. Other items around the focal point are used to complement it.

A feature wall is a great way to emphasize an area in a room. This can be done with a contrasting paint color, an attention-grabbing wallpaper, or an interesting piece of art.

Color is a quick an inexpensive method for bringing emphasis to a space. This deep purple wall works beautifully against the light and bright elements in the room. The interesting lines of the sofa are highlighted by the dark background. This color is a showstopper, while allowing the sofa to take center stage.

Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Wallpaper draws the eye and adds emphasis where needed. The wallcovering below is both functional and aesthetically attractive. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines makes this interesting wallpaper that serves as a chalkboard wall in an office area.

Image courtesy of York/Magnolia Home

Note how the wallpaper and the fabrics complement one another. Our Thibaut line of fabrics and wallpapers are designed to coordinate with one another.

Image courtesy of Thibaut

If you are looking to add some emphasis to your space, come see us at Columbia Paint or Clarksville Paint and Decorating Design Centers for one on one assistance. We have over 250 wallcovering books and nearly as many fabric books. We also carry rugs, window coverings, and everything you need to paint your space. Stay tuned for next week’s design principle feature; We will be providing more tips and tricks to DIY your interior design.


We’ve moved from the Dobbin Road location to our new, roomy location just down the road:

6822 Oak Hall Lane, Suite C2, Columbia MD 21045


Expect the same one-stop shopping for all your decorating needs. We are a full-service Benjamin Moore dealer offering the best quality of decorating products at the best prices around. We have a large supply of paint and paint supplies, wallcoverings, custom window treatments, fabrics and now NEW flooring selections from Kaleen Rugs and Luxury Vinyl Tile selections. And of course the same excellent customer service, knowledge and customer satisfaction that you’ve come to expect.


Clarksville Paint & Decorating

12447 Clarksville Pike, Suite 1A, Clarksville, MD


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