Creating Harmony in Your Decor

November 05, 2017

Thus far, we have discussed:

    Scale & Proportion       on  October 8, 2017

    Balance                           on October 15, 2017

    Rhythm                            on October 22, 2017

    Emphasis                        on October 29, 2017

Today, we are dealing with Harmony, the final entry in the series.  In design, harmony can be described as family: two or more inter-related parts of a whole that have common characteristics and qualities.  These qualities might include color, texture, shape, and/or form. 

               Harmony of color is apparent in the photo above, designed by Arafen.

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Describe what you see directly above these words.  Most of us said it was a dotted line, rather than seeing the individual dashes (shorter lines) that made up the longer version, because the individual dashes made up a series that our minds connected. That is harmony, in its essence.

Achieving Unison

To a great extent, a unity (or unison, in musical terms) must be achieved before the space can feel right: resonating on the same frequency. You might be saying to yourself,  “But that sounds monotonous and honestly, boring.”   Placing the same piece of art and its reproductions in the same line (both vertically and horizontally) may be monotonous and boring, like the picture below.  

    The picture above has just too much harmony, even if you love this floral print.

While maintaining the identical color palette & common design elements in the above photograph, this triptych keeps the eye moving, creating harmony without monotony.

Varying one or more of the aspects (color, texture, shape, and/or form) can make the difference between boring and amazing.  When working with a musical group, one must achieve unison before a beautiful harmony can be reached. The same is true of interior design, even though the final product isn’t always a direct reflection of the process it took to achieve the ultimate result. When a designer arranges specific elements together, the goal is to give the viewer a feeling that all parts of the piece form a whole design.

These pens have the harmony of shape, size, features, color but show variety in the print used.  Boring?  Not at all.

Adding some variety

Designers tend to work toward harmony (or even unity) with pops of variety to add interest and diversity to enliven an otherwise boring and dull space.  We work toward making the space reflect your interests and pastimes so that your home displays your personality characteristics.  Only then can your home or office be a manifestation of you

We will also use these terms in relation to your project and the finishes, fixtures and furniture we are proposing. They can provide a sense of calmness, or at the very least play a role in limiting chaos in our workplaces as well as our homes. They can also add to the comfort level of a room; especially when balance is also considered and effectively realized.  This is truly the essence of feng shui, and why we incorporate its principles in our designs: to create the most advanteous and harmonious spaces to live and work.

In conclusion

These are age old guidelines used to give the places you work and live character and identity. We have tried to represent a variety of decor styles while illustrating harmony in this blog entry, so not every picture will appeal to you, the viewer.  A great interior designer will know how to incorporate all the elements (scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, emphasis and harmony) to create spaces that are a reflection of the unique and one-of-a-kind you.  If you need assistance with creating your space, you need look no further than this website if you live in the Seattle region. We convert ordinary spaces into extraordinary places!

Next week, we’ll talk about Thanksgiving tablescapes during the week of November 12 through 19-  just in time for your traditional family/friends meal that you host.  Some great, yet simple and gorgeous ideas to complete your gathering will be shared.  Come back and peruse next week's entry.


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