Today we are going to talk about Rhythm in design and how to apply it your space!
Chapter 8: Rhythm!
So far we have covered the Elements of Design: color, line, space, texture, and shape and form. We have also covered two of the Principles of Design: balance and proportion. And we are back at it, laying the foundation for our home designs with the Elements and Principles of Design, this week with rhythm in design.
What is Rhythm in Interior Design?
I don’t know about you, but when I think of rhythm, I think about music. And I love music so much, so this concept of rhythm really resonates with me (Ha! Get it?). Anyway, when you’re designing a space and considering rhythm, you’re trying to achieve the visual beat, if you will, of your space. In music, there’s the underlying beat of the music that brings the entire song together and creates the framework. Rhythm in design works very much the same way.
What is the Purpose of Rhythm in Interior Design?
Rhythm creates predictability in a space, which our eyes and brains actually look for naturally. Jennifer Kyrnin at Lifewire in an article titled “Rhythm as a Basic Principle of Design for Websites” explains the purpose of rhythm in design very well, “Once the brain recognizes the pattern in the rhythm, it can relax and better comprehend the rest of the design.”
Rhythm also forges a sense of movement in a space, drawing the eye around the room and producing visual interest.
How to Create Rhythm in Your Space
So now that we understand what rhythm in design is and what its purpose is, we can talk about how to implement it. There are three easy and effective ways to introduce rhythm into a space: repetition, alternation, and progression.
Rhythm can be achieved by repeating the Elements of Design, color, line, texture, shape and form, in an organized and predictable manner throughout a space or room. Take a look at some examples I’ve compiled below.
Alternation is similar to repetition, but it involves incorporating two or more components of the room into a pattern. Again, I’ve provided some examples for inspiration.
Progression is defined as a continuous and connected series. You can create progression with slight, regular changes in an Element of Design, such as gradations in color or moving from small to large in a predictable manner. Check out the examples below for some ideas on using progression in your space.
Go Forth and Dance to Your Design Rhythm!
Repetition, alternation, and progression are awesome ways to bring order to the Elements of Design in your space. There’s no need to spend extra money when designing your room to get that put-together look. Really, as with proportion and balance, rhythm can be achieved with thoughtful planning in your space. So use the examples above as inspiration and have some fun with it!
For more affordable and practical ways to use the Elements and Principles of Design to make your house a home, check out the rest of the Elements and Principles of Design series, which I have compiled into one convenient place. And be sure to stay tuned for the next installments!