We shape our homes and then our homes shape us. — Winston Churchill
When it comes to one’s home, it is important and opt to create harmony. It is said that the magical thing about a harmonious home is that it feels good to leave and even better to come back. It’s because harmony brings a certain feeling of peace and cohesiveness. It’s more than just feeling like everything goes and blends together — it’s the sense that the whole space is better for each and every element in it. Creating a visual harmony in your home creates a sense of calmness that makes your life at home better and pleasant.
Creating harmony may feel overwhelming at first but peace and cohesiveness in your home can easily be achieved by considering these tips:
1. VISUAL BALANCE
Balance is very important in maintaining harmony in our home. If you’ve heard someone say, “There’s too much going on” in one side of a room, they’re definitely not talking about the empty space or the visual gaps. We can easily fill up these gaps and spaces by making sure that one side of a room doesn’t look “heavier” than the other. Having multiple bulky pieces, or a dark color, contrasted with a side that lacks furniture or color will more so make the entire room feel balanced and well-put.
2. SPATIAL VOIDS
Too much of anything is too much, even in our homes. That is why spatial voids or negative space is often considered as a breather. Too many design elements covering every visual surface can be tiring to be around and to look at. It can feel unpleasant and chaotic. Intentionally leaving negative space by design is a great idea for the eyes to rest on and create balance.
3. SYMMETRY IS KEY
Symmetry is a natural way to create the sense of order in a space — it will take care of visual balance but also create a rhythm that the eyes can pick up on. An easy way to make more symmetry in our home is to invest in the idea of multiples, and have them match across a room or side-by-side. Blinds, Curtains and matching chairs or a set of two couches can create symmetry, too. Find the room’s centre line and consider repeating matching elements across it. Surely, you’ll find that the room starts to have a visual sense and feels more harmonious.
Visually, it’s not just seating that needs grounding. In your home, one should really make sure there aren’t too many design elements that are arranged and kind of floating off on their own. Furniture, chairs, plants — these elements can certainly be eye-catching and, sometimes, just what a spot in a corner needs. But in general, harmonious spaces are ones where everything feels interconnected and well grounded. The simplest trick to connect seating arrangements is the use of rugs. Just make sure that the color, design, and texture of the rug mix well with the overall theme of the room.
5. ITEMS AND ITS PURPOSE
One unusual way to achieve more design harmony, and commonly overlooked, is to simply have a good reason for items in your home. The story that comes from each item in your home will be translated visually, not to mention, keep it clear of clutter by serving its purpose well. A space full of meaning will naturally have more sense of harmony to you and will convey a good story when visitors arrive. Its complementary and stylish design is an additional bonus.
Creating visual harmony in your home can mean bringing order to a room that feels a little chaotic while still keeping the space looking interesting. A few changes in arrangements and adding a few small pieces can definitely either make or break the order and balance of our home. After all, as Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our homes and then our homes shape us”, so best to start creating harmony in our home today.