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HGTVR Design Tips – Proportion and Scale

Tybee Vacation Rentals has an awesome in house Design Services team that makes our vacation homes look amazing. They can transform any home into a vacation renters dream getaway! Here are some home design tips from our pros!

Principles of Design

When you understand the basic interior design principles you can transform any space to look like a page out of a magazine. You know that feeling you get when you walk into a well-designed room – You can sense how everything is cohesive and put together. It feels just right! Understanding the fundamental interior design principles can help you create a beautiful space.

The Basics

First things first: when creating a well designed room, there are 5 basic principles of design to consider: Balance, Repetition, Emphasis, Proportion and Scale. Knowing how to incorporate one or all of these design elements into your space will enhance the final look of your design. During this HGTVR series, we will explain all five of these principles so you too can become a design pro! Stay up to date with our HGTVR series by joining our email list!

Property Name: Beach House 433

Let’s Learn – Proportion and Scale

Scale and Proportion are both design elements that have to do with the size of things. They are the rules of design that make sure you are using properly sized items in your space.

Scale is key in architecture and interior design using standardized measurements such as bench heights, hallway widths and chair sizes. For example, furniture that works in a large home will not transfer to a smaller size home. When considering furniture selections for vacation rentals, we take into account the average size of guests. Pro tip: when choosing a bed frame for a vacation rental home, it’s better to use a headboard only instead of a headboard / footboard combination. Tall guests would not be comfortable sleeping in a space with a footboard.

Proportion usually goes hand in hand with scale, but is slightly different. Where scale describes the comparison of objects to one another, proportion is about the way furniture and objects look in a space, in relation to one another. Getting proportion right can be tricky and is quite often chalked up to someone having an ‘eye for design’. The result of proportion is a space with a feeling of comfort and harmony.

Bring it to Life

Good proportion is important when furnishing a room. Here’s an example: proportion can help you determine which lamp shade to buy. To fulfill this element in your design, the lamp base and shade need to be in proportion with one another. You’ll want to make sure the sizing goes together – you don’t want to end up with a large lamp shade and a small lamp base. Proportion is also a factor to consider when choosing the surface on which to place the lamp. The lamp and table need to work together to achieve proper proportion. You can also think of proportion on a larger scale: when designing a well proportioned dining room, think of the table, chairs, and chandelier as one unit. Each item in your design should be in harmony with the other.

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Some rules of scale and proportion to keep in mind:

  • A rectangular is more pleasing the eye than a square.
  • 3 accessories are better than 2.
  • The Golden ratio: 60/30/10 rule = 100. How it works when applied to 3 colors:
    • 60% – color – anchors the space and is the backdrop for what comes next – for example, a neutral is a common choice.
    • 30% – secondary color – use half as much of this color. Draperies, accent chairs, painted furniture, accent wall. This color supports the main color but is different enough to set them apart and give the room interest. Now the fun comes in. The accent color.
    • 10% – accent color – art, pillows, accent wall, lamps, fabric
Property Name: Beach Digs

Beach Digs – the art over the bed is in proportion to wall space and table lamps. Notice, the lamp shade and base are in proportion, and lamps are the right size for bedside tables. The color proportion has an eye appealing ratio of 60/30/10. The main color (white or neutral) occupies 60% of the design. The secondary color (blue) comes through in 30% of the design. And the accent color (yellow) comes through at 10%.

Property Name: Beach House 433

Beach House 433 – In a small space, consider using glass lamp shades, as opposed to classic lamp shades, to prevent closing in the space. Glass lamp shades can promote an open feel in small spaces. The bedside tables are in proportion and in proper scale with the lamps and bed. Two pieces of artwork follow the scale and proportion rules in relation to the rest of the furniture. One piece of artwork over each lamp would have been too few, and three would have been too many. Good division of color is achieved with the 60/30/10 rule. 60% neutral tones, 30% white , 10% bright yellow.

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