Color Repetition in Interior Design – Is It Even Acceptable?

When simply put, repetition of color is quite essential in interior design. Every hue is important whether used in small quantity or in huge masses throughout a room.  The mind finds it easy to like colors especially during progressive recognition in their likeness. The absence of color is not something that the human mind will even consider, thus, the hue that is used dominantly on the hangings are echoed in different interior design aspects such as the table runner, the floor rug, screen, furniture covering, and the trimming of lamps. Even pictures, cushions and potteries can have a perceived likeness as the visitors gaze upon each one.

Repetition – Proof of Excellence

One of the best qualities of interior design is repeated colors. This aspect can be extended in both likeness and materials used throughout the room. An interior designer can take likeness a little further and place emotional value to it. Adding significance to physical resemblance can further the cause for color repetition. Therefore, it is not possible to say that a big davenport and an equally huge yet low-toned rug look similar. The only similarity between the two is their tone.

But if you are keen enough, the davenport and rug can become increasingly similar when seen as a means to affect the mind. They may also be considered as unifying materials in an otherwise unconverged room.

The creation of such convergences is vital. This is something that every interior designer must keep in mind.

Take a careful look once more – do you just see repeating elements? More than these, they are the unifying aspects that can harmonize design composition. Now, you have learned that displaying like elements can be referred to as having the same identity. Also, elements that present the same color or form can be converged and repeated; lastly, these same elements when used in coherence in a given space tend to become visually obvious.

Order – A Basic Aesthetic Quality

Order and orderly arrangements are pleasant to the eye. They both achieve parallelism and makes analogous forms and lines. Even varying tones, when arranged in series, become horizontally or vertically pleasant. Use these elements in painting or architecture and you would have achieved a so-called work of art.

Unity in design treatment must be emphasized at all costs. Repetition as well as methods of principality must be used with the dominant element being the point of focus.

Just to illustrate this, picture a drawing room with a Georgian fireplace. For sure, the fireplace instantly becomes the focal point in the room, therefore, embellishments must be placed on the over-mantel. The use of a vase or mirror is advisable.

Parallelism is achieved through color repetition. The use of a rug and screen which have the more or less the same greenish hue will look different in tone but, in unison, they achieve a visual coherence that the artistic will appreciate.

The use of a subordinate group inside the same room is best exemplified by that console table between two windows. The wall space in that room can be adorned with an elliptical mirror or any painting with a half-elliptical top carving.

This same process is applicable on the arrangement and selection of subordinate members in this group. To conclude these fundamentals in color repetition, understand that it is all about perception at the end of the day. The power of perception and finding the resemblance in different elements should be the interior designer’s strongest points. As soon as he cultivates his color tastes, he will be able to see even the subtlest variations that is imperceptible to many.

Useful Reference Links

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