Seven Fundamentals of Good Design

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Balanced Bed – Karen McBride was careful when dividing up the headboard, the bed area and side-tables to avoid a calculated feel and still create visual proportion. (Photo by Christopher Solar)

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Proportion
Proportion is the correlative relationship of all the parts to the whole. Although proportion usually refers to size, it is also a way to compare harmony between colour, quantity, placement and degree. Proportion is achieved when all sizes, shapes, textures, colors and so on complement one another. Remember that the eye appreciates some differences and may find equal parts monotonous and boring. Dividing space into equal parts such as halves, quarters and thirds is predictable and as a result the eye often skips past it.

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