Repetition as a Design Element

Repetition as a Design Element

Aaron Able
Jan 26, 2009

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We've always relied on repetition in our design work — it's one of the easiest ways to make an impact. Creative groupings of similar objects, whether it's books or a collection of clip-on ties, work together to form visual harmony. For the Big Window Challenge, all the designers used repetition in various, successful ways...

1 Patrick used repetition to great affect. His many frames and similar-style portraits fill the space visually — without taking over.
2 Jane used repetition in her flock of blown-glass birds and her grouping of framed artwork over the fireplace.
3 On the opposite side of her window, Jane uses repetition with the many white ceramic gnomes from artist Alyssa Zygmunt.
4 Curtis's use of repetition is more evident in repeated colors and shapes rather than repeated objects — circles are the dominant shape and repeated multiple times — chair, teapot, bridge arches, shelving brackets, etc.
5 In his much smaller window space, Maxwell used a lot of pairs to create repetition and visual harmony — two of the same chair, two of the same tables, two bowls, etc.

How do you use repetition as a design element in your own space?

Window Pics: Kristy May

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