Tonal Dissonance – In there, out there

Tonal Dissonance – In there, out there

Sometimes, while designing interiors, a lack in judgment or a lack in experience on the designers’ part can cause a tonal dissonance in the interior scheme. Its literal meaning can translate to a haggard and grizzly articulation of what the scheme was supposed to be in the first place. Tonal dissonance can lead to an exaggerated, idiosyncratic and baroque interior experience – and not in the best way. It can dismantle the ingrained and rational proportion inherent to an interior design and make it so that it exudes a negative gravitas, taking away the pathos of a well thought out design. It can be carried out by using the wrong color scheme, or the material palate. The wrong color contrasting can take just as much away from the soul of an interior as any wrongfully implemented material application. Both come in a decidedly negative aspect of a given interior. Tonal dissonance in an interior can also occur when two open, free flowing spaces do not concur in design strategies – in that the flow of spatial expedition from one point of the interior to another is completely arrhythmic and disproportionate. Today we will looking at a few such mistakes in context so you might know what to avoid when designing an interior of your very own.

1. Looking in and out

The use of looking mirror on the media wall is not only causing a tonal dissonance in this particular scheme, but is also an irrational choice of a material for a dual purposed fixture. Since the main purpose of a media wall is to accentuate the television and its accessories, the looking mirror strips just create a not-at-all well intentioned distraction.

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Interior DesignHome Renovation Image Source: Matrix Interior

2. Disco in the bedroom

Bedrooms are ideally designed to promote a relaxing ambiance, but the bright LED encrusted rope lighting in the false ceiling of this one reinforce a rather ‘party-ing’ mood. The resulting tonal dissonance can hinder the day to day life of the client in a subconscious way.

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Interior DesignHome Renovation Image Source:  Absolook Interior Design

3. Too much, too wrong

The green in this particular interior is not of the right variety – not only is the color scheming off, the application is too bland to be actually called a well implemented ‘design.’ At best, it is staunch and at worst it is aggressive.

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4. Bold

The aspiring design for this feature media wall was a little too bold for the predetermined concept of the space. The lines are too oblique and the design is too powerful for such a small amount of space, creating a tonal dissonance in the overall ambiance.

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5. Shapes

The color, lighting and material scheming in this particular project is absolutely perfect – however, the juxtaposition of soft, curvy parametric furniture design in an oddly rigid interior tends to create an oblique tonal dissonance.

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Interior DesignHome Renovation Image Source: Rezt n Relax Interior

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