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by Pamela Cole Harris

Think rhythm is only important in music – as is “Gee, Mr.
Clark! It’s got a good beat and I can dance to it?”
Surprise! Rhythm is also important in
interior decorating and room

In many cases it is an element that is “felt”
intuitively and not immediately apparent to the viewer but it is
an element that makes a room seem – for want of a better word –

Here’s how to bring rhythm to your room!

Bring rhythm by

repeating lines in the room

– just like a musical beat. Repeat circles in various forms
around the room, or curves or even vertical lines. (But there is
a fine line between rhythm and cacophony (big word for noise!).


Arrange items from small to large – in groupings of home
accessories, placement of tables and picture frames.


Make the room flow
(No, that does not mean turning on the faucet!) An example of
flow is when curved lines in the room lead the eye smoothly from
one element to another without a jarring note.


Add a little contrast! Repetition of shapes, lines, patterns
and colors can be boring if you let it. Add a little contrast to
create interest! Just make certain the contrast doesn’t hit the
viewer smack dab in his equilibrium (that can hurt!).

A little thought and planning can help you bring a pleasing rhythm
to your room. Now you just have to decide – is your room jazz,
swing or waltz?