When decorating your home, it is useful to sit down and think about the use of the room and the atmosphere you would like to create in the room.
Curvy, square, geometric, organic or abstract shapes all affect the feeling of a space differently.
Curvy and round shapes evoke softness while square shapes represent strength.
The structural design of your space such as the shape of the staircase, the door frames and shape of the room all affect the feel of the space. The effective addition of shapes through furniture, light fittings, decorative accessories, and furnishings to the space can help you create the right atmosphere for you and your family.
We share with you some tips and advice to adding shapes in your interior design and home decorating.
Curvilinear shapes are rounded or curvy.
Curvy shapes are a good shape to use for a warm and comforting space as they represent softness and harmony. Using curvilinear shapes in a room create a sense of positivity and are a good choice for comfortable spaces where you spend a lot of time in such as living rooms and bedrooms.
Curvy shapes are also a good addition to a room with lots of angles to help soften the room and create a visual flow around the room.
Adding curvilinear shapes into your home is easy with round mirrors, floor rugs, footstools, coffee tables or artwork with curvy images.
Rectilinear Shapes have straight edges and angular corners.
Rectilinear Shapes such as squares and rectangles are found in most spaces, from the doors, windows and window sills. Squares and rectangles represent stability, balance, efficiency and are a good choice in the working areas of the home such as home offices and kitchens. Adding rectilinear shapes into a space is easy with mirrors, rugs, coffee tables and cushions.
Geometric Shapes as seen in mathematics are a combination of circles, triangles, squares and rectangles with straight edges and curves.
Geometric Shapes such as triangles, polygons, hexagons reflect strength, structure and are also often used in the office and work areas of the home.
Geometric shapes can be used to add an fun element to a space such as hexagon shapes in a kids room.
If you are unsure about using hexagons in your home, start off by adding a small hexagon shape such as a decorative accessory and build from there.
Using the rule of three in your home decorating represents a triangle. Styling three different items together in a triangular shape creates a sense of harmony and symmetry.
Organic or natural shapes are found in nature such as coral, eucalyptus leaves, flowers. Organic shapes can be found in artwork, cushions and decorative accessories.Organic or natural shapes add interest and bring the outdoors into your home.
Abstract or stylised shapes are natural shapes that have been altered to give reference to an object. A good example would be the contemporary shaped mirrors representing archways or paintings. Abstract Art adds creativity and imagination to your space.
The first step to using shapes in your home is to sit down and see what shapes are found in the room. Then think of the use of the room and what atmosphere you would like to create in the room. Consider which shapes appeal to you and how you can incorporate them into the space.
For the successful use of shapes in the room, the dominant shape should be repeated in smaller objects throughout the room. An example for Curvilinear shapes could be adding cushions with curvy lines, a rug with a circular pattern or curvy vases.
Remember you can mix and match shapes to create your desired feel in the room. Adding curvilinear shapes to a room with dominant squares will help soften the room. Adding geometric shapes could add a fun interesting feel to a space.
The most important thing when using shapes in a space is not to overdo it. Having too many shapes can overwhelm a space and create a confused space. Subtle additions can go a long way in creating a harmonious flow in your home.
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