With each passing year comes a new set of trends in the interior design world. Regardless of the trends, the principles of design remain. Think of the principles of design as the anchor which allows it all to “work.” One of the most understated, yet impactful elements of design is harmony. When the harmony of a space is off the effect is a room that looks disjointed.
Let’s talk about what harmony is. Harmony is when items in a space have a sense of being connected with each other. Harmony is when each distinct piece feels as if it belongs in the overall aesthetic of the room. The resulting look is balanced and stable.
Achieving Harmony in Interior Design
The simplest, most effective way to achieve harmony in interior design is by highlighting similarities. When pulling pieces together, look for ways to introduce repetition by way of color, pattern, texture, shape, and form.
Monochromatic spaces can succeed at achieving harmony by sticking to one color while simultaneously introducing variety in the other aspects of the room. Don’t attempt to be too matchy when aiming for harmony in interior design. It is possible to have too much of a good thing. Too much harmony may result in a boring, uninteresting space. Be sure to maintain harmony, while also finding pieces that break up the monotony, but still fit with the overall aesthetic.
Often, I’ll suggest to friends to determine one central piece that will set the pace for the space. When shopping, take the harmony-setting piece with you and if the item that you are interesting in purchasing does not vibe with the piece, don’t buy it. It’s a simple tool that can be used as a scaffold for those still honing their harmony creating skillset.
Now go forth and create harmony!