Applied Design: Using Shapes to Create Harmony

Last week we talked about repeating shapes in a room to make the design more harmonious (find the post here), and this week’s Room of the Week is another perfect example.  The circle is the shape that stands out most in this room, as it is used in so many accessories and pieces of furniture in the room: a round mirror, round lamps with round shades, round side tables, round log stools and even a round wicker chair.  This very square room has lots of hard edges (the windows, fireplace) which are softened by all the circular elements, and harmony is created when they are placed throughout the room.

Here’s a quick example from my own home. My living room is a long narrow rectangle, and my sofa is a long vintage mid-century sofa.  I used to have the sofa filled with square pillows, but they never seemed right so I kept trying new pillows thinking it would help.  Then, the lightbulb came on and I realized I should work with the rectangle shape of the sofa instead of against it and bought two rectangle shaped pillows from Unison Home.  Much more harmonious.  I have lots of other rectangles in the room: windows, art, and the dresser my TV sits on.

living room rectangles copyI pulled together some similarly shaped accessories that work well together from the new lines of home accessories at JC Penney.  They have new lines from Jonathan Adler, Michael Graves, and Design by Conran that are all fresh, exciting, and at pretty good prices.

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Sources:

CIRCLE: TABLE // LAMP // PILLOW // ACCESSORIES // POUF

SQUARE: CABINET // TRAY // PILLOW // TABLE

RECTANGLE: CABINET // VASE // FRAME // PILLOW // LAMP

OGEE: FLOWERPOT // PILLOW // FRAME // RUG

DIAMOND: FRAME // TABLE // CANDLESTICK // PILLOW

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