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When planning on brightening the home the first thing comes to mind is using colour .Howeverl all the elements of design should be considered.Here is a brief explanation of these important elements
,these basic  and any aspiring such become familiar with them, they
are .:

1. Colour                           2. line                     7.  Space
3. pattern                          4. shape
5. Testure                                          6. Form 
Click on each  of the coloured links above to get more details other than what is found on this page.Lghting is very important and the effect it will  have on the above elements depends  whether it is northern , southern , eastern or wastern light.
Colour 
is the result of breaking down white light into a single colour element by using a glass prism. These colour elements are red, orange, yellow green ,indigo, blue violet or what is called colours of the rain bow. Colour has effect on the body even though many are unaware, it also stand for symbolism   and meaning.



 

 Shape

Is an area enclosed in a line must be taking into the design factor .A shape can be abstract it does not need to look like an identifiable object but can be made attractive by adding colour and texture.
 
This is create when a group of related shapes lines or marks is united together.Pattern can be natural , man made and applied Pattern
 
Lines
May be seen as a path traced by a moving point or dot or can be simple as a mark made by a pointed tool. Every lines has thickness ,direction and rhythm created with regular or irregular lines. Line is capable of suggestion and conveys all types of moods and feelings
 
Texture
This is referred to as surface quality and can be a rough as rock ,smooth as silk to experience one must be able to have experience touch
 
 Form
This is a shape that either looks 3 dimensional (3D) or is 3S. This usually associated with sculture architecture and may be associate with the natural landscape.form though is expected to regular and balanced is best think of as formless.
 
Space