This vignette on a mantel illustrates the importance of using a variety of shapes in decorating. While all of the objects on the mantel are white, their shapes give them each a unique visual interest. Varying shapes as well as size can create a dynamic design in a room or in a vignette on a table, shelf or mantel.
Having a range of shapes in a vignette or room adds variety to the lines of the furniture and accessories. Long rectangular sofas with square or round cushions are a good example of using different shapes in furniture and accents. If a room is dominated by rectangles in the furniture and area rugs, round and curving lines of circles can be brought in with accents and patterns. Using a round coffee table is an easy way to break up all the straight lines of sofas and chairs.
A round area rug in a living room, or a rectangular rug under a round table in the dining room, is a great way to introduce a new shape to the space. Runners and area rugs are often rectangles but can be found in squares and circles as well.
Vases, bowls and other tabletop accessories are a great way to introduce or repeat shapes in a room. Grouping items by color rather than by shape will put the focus on the unique shape of each object. This can be done with glass or pottery collections. Variety of shapes and sizes is the key to creating interesting vignettes and rooms.