Rhythm in Home Decor
By Pamela Cole Harris
Think rhythm is only important in music - as is "Gee, Mr. Clark!
It's got a good beat and I can dance to it?" Surprise! Rhythm is also important
in interior decorating and room design! In many cases it is an element that is
"felt" intuitively and not immediately apparent to the viewer. But it is an
element that makes a room seem - for want of a better word - "right."
Here's how to bring rhythm to your room!
1. Bring rhythm by repeating lines in the room - just like a
musical beat. Repeat circles in various forms around the room, or curves or even
vertical lines. (But there is a fine line between rhythm and cacophony (big word
2. Arrange items from small to large - in groupings of home
accessories, placement of tables and picture frames.
3. Make the room flow! (No, that does not mean turning on the
faucet!) An example of flow is when curved lines in the room lead the eye
smoothly from one element to another without a jarring note.
4. Add a little contrast! Repetition of shapes, lines, patterns
and colors can be boring if you let it. Add a little contrast to create
interest! Just make certain the contrast doesn't hit the viewer smack dab in his
equilibrium (that can hurt!).
A little thought and planning can help you bring a pleasing
rhythm to your room. Now you just have to decide - is your room jazz, swing or
Pamela Cole Harris has been a writer and decorator for thirty-five
years (YIKES! Has it been that long?). She is the author of "Home
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