Study in Shape: Creating Unexpected Contrast in Your Interior Design Composition

Study in Shape: Creating Unexpected Contrast in Your Interior Design Composition

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Taryn Williford
Oct 8, 2015
(Image credit: Design Milieu)

Contrast is an important element of composition. We create contrast, most frequently, with color. Sometimes even with texture. But rarely with shape. These five rooms, though, play with different forms to create that always-important opposition and interest between pieces (or even within the same piece).

To get the look at home, try mixing boxier or geometric pieces with curvy, round ones. The contrast will lend your space lots of visual interest – and even some positive tension, if the pieces really act like opposing poles.

(Image credit: Design Milieu)

Above and at top: Round and square shapes at play in a DC condo from Design Milieu, via Houzz

Squares and circles acting like his and hers vanities in this bathroom from Constructive Solutions
(Image credit: Audry Hall)
The round sofa and octagonal table from Emily Henderson's baby sprinkle party, featured on Style Me Pretty, are echoed again in the two side tables
(Image credit: Tessa Neustadt)
The sofa offers a boxy foil to the roundness of the table, chairs and rug in this Sydney dining room from Horton & Co., via Houzz
(Image credit: Jason Busch)
Antonio Martins Interior Design hung a round fixture over this square table in this Tahoe retreat
(Image credit: Drew Kelly)

What's your favorite way to create contrast in a room–color, texture, shape, or something else?

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