I was thinking this weekend about what really makes a room stand out....what makes one design really work, and the teacher in me said "Go back to the basics". So I began to think about the Principles of Designs (yes, I need to capitalize that....very important stuff). The principle of rhythm and repetition seems to be such a unifier to a room that I started looking for it just to see what I could learn.
This piece caught my eye. Such simplicity, but beautiful. Check out how many things are being repeated here....rectangles in the drawers, circular objects, the color black, horses, books, all set off by the glorious tuquoise back. Do you see anything else?
The same repetition on the theme.
This vignette is in my studio. The pear in the painting that I did repeats in the raffia pears on the buffet. I repeated the chartreuse green and the terracotta browns from the painting to the topiary and the pot. I think it works really well as a focal point in the studio.
It's easy to see the repetition in these pictures....color, shape, line.
But rooms can also utilize rythmn and repetition as an element to bring everything together. I thought it might be fun to see some designer rooms of celebrities to show how this principle contributes to a beautiful space....ok, unlimited funds helps too!
This is Diane Keaton's kitchen, shown in Architectural Digest several years ago. The repetition in the colors, shapes, tiles, and objects draws you into experience this room. I'm hungry for nachos just looking at it. I know from this picture that a lively, interesting and courageous person lives here, and that there must be a party in the works.
I dare you to count all the repeats in this space!
Here the repetition is a little more subdued, but still a player in the design of this room. All the vertical lines really frame the view of the Hollywood hills in this room in Ryan Seacrest's home.
OK....too much of a good thing can take a room to a whole other place, but clearly you can see the homeowner's personality and design style because of what he chose to repeat! EVERYTHING !
Just because he's a celeb, doesn't mean you have to like it, but I guess it goes to show that good design can exist without good taste!! (Did I say that ???)
I got a good laugh out of this one.....do you think Rod looks like the woman in the painting, or is my sense of humor just perverse??
Lesson over for today. Your homework is to put a little rhythm in your life and repeat something in your space. I'd love for you to share your success with me. Leave a comment or send me a picture of your space to firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy your Spring Break !