Part 17 Variety
Now that you discovered the importance of unity in Part 16, you can transition to the more exciting concept of variety. It is the absence of monotony or sameness. Variety serves well to make a room more engaging and stimulating. The degree of variety you want to include is typically dictated by your personal taste. Some people favor a simple design, others prefer something more varied, and some love a room full of unique features!
Take a look at the photo of the indoor/outdoor space. It is a great example of the middle road of variety. There’s enough to truly enjoy looking around the room, but the overall design of the room is still refined. Moreover this example stands out because it does not rely on color to break up any monotony. Color is an easy go-to, but sometimes it overwhelms the smaller details that keep things interesting. Here’s an easy reference list for the elements of the room that create variety:
- Purpose – room’s door and window are open =an appreciation of the outdoors and fresh air; room is closed up = comfort of being protected from the elements while still enjoying the beauty that surrounds the room outside
- Texture – wood, stone, fabric, glass, and plant life
- Scale – massive glass doorway and tree; medium scale windows and couch; small tables, accessories, and plants
- Light – natural light, table lamps, glass sconces, pedant fixture
- Lines – angular = columns, windows, rug; curvilinear = sconces, furniture legs, coffee table, and arch
If you are a minimalist at heart, ensure your room wows your guests by incorporating a bit of variety. If you adore detail, take it further. Either way, enjoy the effectiveness of this technique!
Next read Part 18 – Harmony
Don’t forget to go back and start by reading Part 1