Designing from the ground up is an interior design hack that many rookies do not know about. For example, if you’re designing an interior in shades of grey, then the darkest tone is going to be on the floor, the lighter one on the walls and furniture and the lightest one on the ceiling. This gives the interior design a more solid shape and setting.
However, it is not necessary that this be carried out in similar shades of the same color, you can use different colors, but always remember to distribute the visual weight wisely – from darkest to lightest from the ground up.
Let’s look at all the ways you can design great interiors if you use the ‘ground-up’ rule.
1. Double trouble in colors
When you’re dealing with the same shades of colors in different materials, you should use the one with more visual weight on the ground. This will give a solidity to the ambiance of that interior design. Then you can use the one with lighter texture on the walls, and clever lighting and expert contrast will take care of the rest. Just make sure that the ceiling is the lightest in color.
2. Three-toned interiors
When you’re designing an interior that has three very distinctive shades in the same space, then it is best to use the most vibrant one on the floor. The idea is to make the floor space the foundation of the color scheme. So if you’re working with brown, white and grey, use the brown on the floor and grey and white on the ceiling respectively.
3. Getting complicated with textures
If you are designing an interior with a feature accent wall that has a lot of texture, then the floor color should be dark and smooth. This will subdue the impact and design of the floor space and divert all the attention towards the feature wall. This point is especially relevant for luxury bathrooms and living rooms.
4. Highlighting the furniture
You can design from the ground-up and still highlight your furniture with no problem. The challenge here is to select the right colors and accessories. For example, if your heart is set on having that yellow couch as the feature piece of your living room, then you can ground your floor design by using an emerald green shag rug to spruce up the overall ambiance.
5. All around dull
Soft hues and dull tones are the most difficult to tackle. If used in the wrong way, they can make your entire space seem gloomy. The best way to tackle this problem while designing from the ground-up is by selecting a floor material that walks a fine line between dull and bright. Ash wood laminates are one such material, and they can be excellent floor choice while you’re designing your space in hues of grey, beige and pastels.