Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How to create rhythm in a room

Our friend Vel from Life & Home 2102 asked me after Monday's post on the Principles of Design to look at her room and tell her if it has rhythm.  

This is a great example of rhythm!

Rhythm in art and design is achieved through repetition of line, form or color to guide the eye around the room.  In the above photo of Vel's living room, there is repetition in the linear chair fabric, the color blue in the pillows, the pattern in the carpet, the lines, form and color of the window wall, and the repetition of the forms of the lamp shades.  

I loved answering Vel's question as it pertained to her living room.  If you have a question  feel free to email us a picture and your question to info@ and we will be happy to answer you. 


  1. I see what you mean about rhythm - great example and something I'd have a hard time seeing.
    Do you give advice on couch throw pillows (color/pattern choice)??! Currently the bane of my existence...

    1. Kristen, I'd be happy to answer your question. Please email me the particulars!

  2. I love Vel's home. This room is really pretty. I have window envy for sure with those gorgeous windows.

  3. Tis is one pretty room!! Have to have that rhythm!
    Stay warm!

  4. Love her beautifully designed room! She definitely has it going and didn't realize it! :)

  5. OMG, thank you so much for answering my question Nancy and using my room ( I never knew it had rhythm) as an example! I'm so flattered, and this is a great lesson learned for me! Thanks again and have a wonderful day!

  6. What a great post, Nancy! Very informative. I'm so glad Vel asked about rhythm, and even more delighted you were able to elaborate on this principle with Vel's fabulous living room. Vel's room really is wonderful. So open, airy yet warm. I can picture her family gathering there. Cheers!

  7. Thanks Nancy - will be coming to you more for your opinion now that you asked!!! xo great observation.

  8. like snapping to the beat of a drum

  9. Okay so maybe this is what rooms that aren't working for me in my house are lacking. Thank you for this lesson - keep them coming! I need all the help I can get!
    PS I love Vel's living room - so pretty with the bit of blue!

  10. I love Vel's room and she is such a sweetheart too! Great to know that you are available to answer questions!


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