Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Repetition/Rhythm in Interiors









Doing the same thing over and over again is boring, right? Well, No. In interior designing, if you know how to use repetition to your advantage, you can actually create unity among your various accents and furnishings in the room. Repetition is the use of the same element more than once throughout a space. It is the art of creating a pattern either with the objects in a space or with the physical patterns of fabric and decorative items in a space. Unless you are buying everything in a room from one place, there are bound to be differences in everything you put in a room. To tie the whole look together, you need to use repetition or else you will end up with a d├ęcor that does not please the eye.
Repetition is one of the fundamentals of great design, creating a sense of rhythm and consistency in a way that few other elements can. When motifs or elements are repeated, alternated, or otherwise arranged, the intervals between them or how they overlap can create rhythm and a sense of movement. Repetition can be in the form of colour, a pattern or texture, materials etc. For example, a row of framed pieces of the same size with similar subjects creates a pattern.  Repeating the rectangular shape of the frames in the shape of a table and chair and maybe in the pattern on the area rug reinforces the pattern and creates a rhythm moving around the room. Patterns are repeated obviously and sometimes very subtly around the room creating a pleasing rhythm. While relying on a motif or pattern can make it easier to pull a look together, be careful to not have too much of a good thing. A way to give even more power to the repeating design element is to introduce some contrast. For example, if you are repeating an oval pattern in a room, use an occasional square shape to break the monotony.
Repetition is one of the tools used in design to reinforce a concept.  It helps provide continuity, aids in making a statement, and celebrates that one element that is worth repeating. When developing a color palette, make your eye move around the room comfortably by repeating a color. For example, if you love lime green but don’t want the entire room to scream lime green use small amounts of the color through the room in different ways. A good way to achieve repetition is through items purchased in pairs, art, accessories, pillows, curtains, candles, glassware and threads in textiles or rugs.
While you can run into trouble with doing too much with this one, repeating different elements can be a great way to simultaneously create a sense of uniformity and diversity in a room. However, you may not want to repeat more than two or three decor aspects to avoid creating an overly busy interior.
Anyone looking for a calm and collective home should consider consistent patterns not just in one room, but from one room to the next as well.






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