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Aesthetically Sound: How to Add Rhythm to Your Home Design

By Frederick Johnson / Published on Monday, 15 Oct 2018 02:33 AM / Comments Off on Aesthetically Sound: How to Add Rhythm to Your Home Design / 153 views

interior designers with clients discussing about home designThere’s a reason rhythm in interior design is called as such. Just like in music, it enables a good flow in design and ties all elements together. Moving the eyes in an organised manner, rhythm adds enhanced visual appeal of the space. If you think your design feels a little all over the place or hasn’t achieved that unified look yet, chances are, it’s the rhythm you’re missing.

To break that design dilemma, here are techniques to learn in incorporating rhythm in your space:


It is what it sounds like: you’ll repeat elements like lines, patterns, colours, and shapes throughout the design. With this, you can achieve rhythm since it will create stability and an organised look.

The simplest way to do this is to pick the same accent colour for the little design elements, like the pillows, rugs, and table centerpieces. This will give a sense of visual unity, as the eye identifies patterns.

Another way you can apply repetition is by adding the same pattern in your textiles — let’s say geometrical shapes on your curtains and rugs. Again, pick an element you want to highlight, then replicate that throughout the design.


For this, you’ll make the perception of objects transitioning from small to big or colours changing from light to dark. You’re able to achieve rhythm with this in the sense that you’re guiding and moving the eyes through the design.

For instance, you may be repeating the same shape of vases in your dining table, but apply gradation with it by varying its sizes. In terms of colour, you may have a dark walnut hue on your floors, and then have a light brown finish for the wooden internal doors of the space. There’s also the popular trend of ombre colour you can follow to pull off the gradation effect.

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This means the design should guide the eyes in an unobstructed flow. This is especially crucial when trying to tie different areas in the room. If there’s no effective transition, a space may look out of place. The simplest way to achieve this is by using the same type of flooring all throughout your home or moldings on the floors and ceilings. A rug placed in the hallway can also help in guiding the eyes.

Does your space have rhythm? Do elements in the space move the eyes towards a good flow? You may be losing a lot of aesthetic potential if you’re missing rhythm. Remember these principles as you revamp your space.