Applied Design: Using Shape to Create Harmony

In the Room of the Week there is a reoccurring shape or theme: stripes.  There are stripes created by the boards in the ceiling, stripes on the fabric on the window shade and the vanity stool, stripes created on the floor by the black checkerboard tile, stripes created by the paneling on the walls…you get the idea.  I don’t think this was by accident.  Using this reoccurring shape or motif brings harmony to the space.

Every architectural element, piece of furniture, and all your accessories are a shape or line.  When you think of them that way you can use those shapes to create balance and harmony in your design.  You can also use contrasting shapes to create emphasis and variety in a space (but, we’ll save that for another post).

Here are a few examples of using shape to create harmony.

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Sources: ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR

Look around your house…what shapes do you see?

Could your design be more harmonious by using those shapes in other places in your room?

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