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The Seven Principles of Good Design, Chapter 4, Brought to you by Columbia Paint & Clarksville Paint & Decorating, Benjamin Moore Dealers

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 details, or the little things in a space that add life and interest to it.

Details are what really set your room apart from others. It is an easy and fun way to add your personality and uniqueness to a space!

Examples of details to add to a space include:

Decorative Trims: fabric, button or nail head

Handles and pull for cabinets

Decorative wood: crown molding, wainscoting, board and batten, shiplap

Metallic, decorative, or high gloss paint

Decorative objects

We carry a beautiful assortment or decorative trims for pillows and window treatments. This becomes the equivalent of “jewelry” for your space. Below are some examples of what we carry at Columbia Paint and Clarksville Paint and Design, a Benjamin Moore dealer.

This mud room cubby features a custom tufted bench cushion by Kasmir as well as an Anna French wallpaper in a whimsical dog print. Both brands can be found in our design center.

Decorative paint can be used as a detail as well. Note the shimmering gold ceiling in this dining room, as well as the eye-catching emerald accessories.

Photo courtesy of Mary McDonald

If you are looking to add details and personality your space, come see us at Columbia Paint or Clarksville Paint and Decorating Design Centers for one on one assistance. We are a Benjamin Moore Paint and Fine Paints of Europe dealer, and have over 300 wallcovering and fabric books. We also carry rugs, window coverings, and everything you need to paint your space.

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

Columbia Paint and Decorating, a Benjamin Moore Dealer

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, a Benjamin Moore Dealer

12447 Clarksville Pike, Suite 1A, Clarksville, MD 21029



At Columbia Paint you'll find all the necessary tools to complete your project. We even offer color consultation to ensure your satisfaction. Visit our website, call us or stop in today!
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