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PROPORTION. The concepts of proportion and
scale work together to create balance in your room.
Proportion refers to the satisfying relationship be-
tween the components of size, shape, colour, light,
texture and pattern of one part of an object (or space)
to another part. Scale, on the other hand, compares
these components with those of another or compared
to the space in which it is placed. Lack of proportion
and improper scale will cause imbalance. As we
learned last week, imbalance will unfavourably affect
the look of the room, as some objects will be over em-
phasised while others will not receive enough visibility.
Ensure that the length of your valance is in proportion
with the entire window treatment. Your painting
should be at least two-thirds the width of the sofa.
Larger rooms need larger furniture pieces, and larger
furniture tends to look good when placed with simi-
larly scaled pieces. Avoid using oversized furniture in a
Not all proportional relationships are created equal.
Some proportions look more balanced than others.
Designers look to the Greek concept of the Golden
Ratio for guidance. The Greeks sought to reduce all
proportion to a simple formula: a ratio of 0.618 : 1, or
roughly two thirds to 1. This relationship is every-
where: common rug or picture frame sizes, for in-
stance. Humans gravitate to that proportion. These
proportions look naturally pleasing and are found re-
peatedly in nature. Designers have taken those pro-
portions and simplified them to the 60:30:10 rule. For
example, when selecting wall colours, 60% of the wall
area should be one main colour, 30% contrast and 10%
accent. Or cover 60% of the floor area in a room with
furnishings. This fills the room satisfactorily while al-
lowing area for movement and space.
RHYTHM. Rhythm gives your room visual inter-
est, life and energy. Rhythm is defined as continuity,
recurrence or organised movement. To achieve this in
your space you need to ensure that you have some el-
ement of transition, repetition, progression and / or
contrast in your space. Using these mechanisms will
convey a sense of movement, causing the eye to
move smoothly from one design element to another
within the room and throughout your home. A space
with good rhythm first draws the eye to the focal
point, and then pulls the eye to other components
throughout the room, creating a visual flow.
It is important to select colour schemes that transi-
tion well from one room to the other. An easy way to
do so is to have one of the secondary or supporting
colours in one space be the primary colour in an ad-
joining or adjacent space. You can repeat colour, tex-
ture, pattern, or any other element of design in your
space. We see repetition at work with multiple swags
in a window treatment or the repetition of a pattern
or colour in different parts of a room. With progres-
sion you will increase or decrease a quality or element.
For instance, the gradation in colour when using an
ombre paint or fabric treatment (We discussed this in
a past WomanWise article). Instead of using just tall
and short elements, mix in some medium sized ele-
ments to create a good progression as with the grad-
uating sizes of vases on a side table. Contrast is easy.
Think of opposition such as black and white, large and
small, rough and smooth, square and round, mis-
matched chairs, contemporary pieces and modern ac-
cessories, placed in relation to each other. Use
contrast carefully. Too much contrast can create a
feeling of chaos.
If you missed last week's
issue of the WomanWise you
missed my first instalment of
Design Success Factors.
These are some guidelines
that we should always keep
in focus to increase our
chances of success when
composing a space. Last week we
looked at the concepts of Unity, Bal-
ance and Focal Points. This week we
explore Proportion and Rhythm.
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