5 Simple Ways To Use Rhythm In Interior Design

One of the most important aspects about creating any interior design is keeping the eye engaged with your designs. It can be especially challenging if you’re not aware of the concept of rhythm. You can relate the word rhythm to a symphony but it actually covers a pretty broad context.

In terms of design, rhythm relates to the visual flow of a design that keeps the eye moving and engaged. It is a hard format to carry – one that can cause a lot of visual strife in your interior if it is carried out in a wrong way. There are many ways you can apply the concept of rhythm in your interiors. Let's get a look of them!


1. Linear

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This is the most simplistic kind of rhythm that you can incorporate in your space. All you need is a good sense of linear design. This can definitely keep the eye hooked and moving along a horizontal or vertical surface. Liner rhythm – it moves in a line – can be incorporated in media or accent walls. All surfaces have to flow in the right direction and lighting accents can be added to highlight the design.


2. Gradation

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 This kind of rhythm is where one object slowly gradiates into smaller objects according to the visual tunnel. It can also relate to a color gradient that slowly but surely transitions from lighter to darker tints or vice versa. This kind of rhythm can be imbued with larger-to-smaller style  accessories – wall art, photo frames or even subtle ceiling designs that flow in the same direction.


3. Transitional

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This is the kind of rhythm that transitions from one object to another without seeming glaringly obvious. It is incorporated through objects and accessories that your interior space is decorated with. If you look at the image, you will notice how the shape of the wall mirror is mirrored by the bench just below it.


4. Asymmetric

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Asymmetry is always hard to tackle, especially if you do not understand the value of proportion and balance. Asymmetric rhythm makes use of design elements that are similar in visual context but different in length to create movement for the eye. In the image, you can see an interior whose ceiling has been designed on such a concept. The discontinued flow keeps the space interesting.


5. Patterns

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Patterns are a good way to create an engaging flow for eye movement. However, if you’re incorporating patterns to introduce rhythm into your designs then make sure they’re visually simple like the tic-tac-toe style shelving unit in this image.

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