As we are all hustling around from here to there, kids and bags in tow, looking for our power cord, scanning our email, and hoping our socks match we look to our home to be the one constant which allows us to sit and take a well deserved breath. But how do we make a home calm without making ourselves nuts?by Simon Upton via Elle Decor
Predictability comes from repeating like colors, elements, and shapes which is soothing. We attain order by limiting, editing, and maintaining balance which allows us to feel restful. This might sound quite lofty but as these interiors will show it is all quite simple.Traditional HomeSchapperWhite ltd.Pricey Pads
by Joshua McHugh / Architectural Digest
Each of these interiors captures a sense of calm through the use of color, pattern and shape. Repeating elements creates predictability. There is no, what us designer’s like to call “a pop of color.” The colors in each room are limited to create order. Nothing jarring, nothing to call attention, and while some have bold colors or contrasts the effect is still soothing and familiar. Calm comes from limiting the effort needed to use, visually navigate or understand a space.
Items worth repeating:
- architectural details
- color – repeating same color on different items in same space
- light fixtures
- picture frames – their size and color
When creating a home interior it is easy to get caught up in the “I want this, that, one of these, and one of those” mindset. Disharmony is the price paid when this happens. The key to remember if you like it once you’ll love it twice and so on. There is one additional benefit to this method of creating a calm interior, it also limits the number of decisions required. Ahh, now isn’t that calming?