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Rhythm in a room adds to the visual interest. Using different textures, patterns, shapes and color dictates where and why the eye moves throughout the room.
There are four kinds of rhythm used in home decorating: alteration, repetition, contrast and progression.
Alteration is alternating of two types of items. For example, using two pillows with different patterns or two items with different sizes. Alteration adds interest to the room.
Repetition is repeating two or more items. A row of candles lined up across a mantel, or a row of colored pillows along the back of a couch, are examples of using repetition in decor. Repetition moves the eye throughout the room.
Contrast is using two items that are opposing to each other. Using accessories that are different in shape, such as a square and a circle create contrast in a room. The use of black and white is an example of using color to create contrast and interest in an environment.
Progression is the graduation of an element in size. A row of books organized from smallest to largest is an example of progression. Progression moves the eye around the room.