“Grant that I may become beautiful in my soul within, and that all my external possessions may be in harmony with my inner self. May I consider the wise to be rich, and may I have such riches as only a person of self-restraint can bear or endure.” Plato
'Harmony' plays an important role as it creates a sense of calm and flow throughout your room. The repetition of elements in a room or involvement of rhythm is 'harmony.' For instance, placing a series of similar framed artwork in similar size and proportions on a wall in a diagonal will inspire a harmonious feeling. Another example would be repeating patterns of pictures or frames in similar sizes, like a small frame, then large, then small, then large. Three vases of similar size and color or three vases in a small-medium-large size also can provide that feeling of harmony. Just help the chosen pieces speak to each other so you tie in the elements in your room; the end result will provide harmony if the color/theme/size in the vase is in harmony and agreement with the overall color/theme/size of the throw pillow, picture, or area rug. A series of Danish Teakwood nesting tables is another idea that offers a similar effect of harmony. In this way it will help you and your families/guests eyes to easily move from one area to another providing that sense of progression which is harmony.
You could create the natural feeling of an undulating river by utilizing oval; round or wavy shapes to emulate the ebb and flow calmness of a gently flowing river or lake. Using contrasting colors can help the room become dramatic, but avoid anything that is hurtful to the eye to avoid breaking the established harmony. The last thing you want is to have it feeling disjointed. With too many themes or without paying attention to harmony, a room or home will be shocking, feel cold, and be hurtful to your eyes. This can have a profound impact on your life; how you think, how you react, can affect how you feel. Think of the positive benefits for your life by create a living space that just makes you feel peaceful, appreciative, which in turn can help you feel happy.
The trick with harmony is to again, like color, choose a favorite art piece, or buy a unique piece of art from a favorite local store and make it the focal point and/or theme of your space.
Then work on expanding contrasting colors in the art piece from it, using it in your furniture and other accessories. You could also choose a favorite piece of furniture like a beautifully patterned or colored sofa as your focal point and start there. There really are no set rules for how you should set your theme and this is when you really can have fun just letting yourself be you and choose something you absolutely love, then work from there. Paying attention to harmony is key to gaining a successfully designed room.
Once you have decided all of the elements needed for interior design you can work on a floor plan that establishes the desired effects and reinforces what you have chosen. Look for floor plan ideas in our next article.