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Simple ways to Use Repetition in Design

Consider your favorite musical work, whether classical, rock, country or baroque. What binds it together in a cohesive composition is the rhythmic beat or the pulse of the music that repeats itself throughout, either in the exact same way or a variation of the theme. Creating rhythm in your home by using visual repetition is easier than you think and just as satisfying. Repetition in interior design is powerful and will give your space an intentional artistic flair. If you’re not sure how to achieve this, consider these uses of repetition:   Pattern

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Without the use of any sort of pattern in your home it would lack any sense of your personality or style. Imagine everything in nature as solid colors. The world would, at the very least appear quite bland and extremely boring. It’s the same in your home. By simply adding patterns like stripes, florals, Herringbone, polka dots, etc. and repeating them throughout in creative ways, voila! You’ve suddenly added interest and excitement.

Color By repeating similar colors and color palettes from room to room throughout your home will create a sense of intentionality and cohesiveness.  It need not carry the same weight or amount of color in each room. In fact, by using it only a few times in different rooms is sufficient. You also need not duplicate the exact same color. Using different tones and shades of your main color will create a lovely sense of unification.


Texture in interior design refers to the surface quality of a material or how it’s visually perceived to be, for example smooth or rough, bumpy or fuzzy. Two prominent textures can actually enhance one another if repeated. Smooth, polished wood chairs and tables work wonderfully with a repetition of a rough surface or animal print. Feel free to be creative with your choices. It’s sure to be a visual and tactile splendor. Shape “Rhythm is defined as continuity, recurrence or organized movement”. To achieve rhythm in a space try repeating specific shapes. Here’s a design trick: The shape you go with (let’s say rectangle or linear) like horizontal blinds, will be that much more striking and interesting if you contrast it with one other shape (say, round or soft curves) in near proximity. This creates movement and flow to your space.

Unlike repeating yourself in conversations, which let’s face it can be a bit off-putting, repetition in design is completely the opposite. And if you’re still unsure of how to implement it in your home, get some ideas from offices, model homes magazines and in nature. In fact, now that you’re aware of repetition in design you’ll notice it just about everywhere.










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