Rhythm

When one talks about rhythm we automatically associate the word with music.  I usually imagine the beats of a drum.  When the beat is uniform, we feel good and when it is off, we feel uncomfortable.

In the same way, there is a rhythm in interior design.  It can be categorized into three parts;

1.    repetition
2.    alternation
3.    progression

Let’s start with repetition.  In design, it would mean to repeat the same form, color, material, texture or lighting pattern in the space.  So, in a room setting I like to use the same frame in a pattern to keep the rhythm even.  A rhythmic pattern is psychologically comforting, because you know what to expect.

Alternation is more of a challenge, because you are working with more than one variable.  A simple example is stripe.  One color follows another in a regular repeated pattern.  But you can mix repetition and alternation.  For example, you can buy two types of frames of the same color and size but with different patterns.  By alternating them, you can create visual interest and still keep it cohesive.

The last is progression.  Progression in design can be fun to use because it has a sense of excitement.  When I think of progression, those Russian dolls that An example would be through scale.  Your foyer can be a big enough to hold a closet and table then as you progress through the home, the rooms can increase in size.


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