AT On: The Beauty of Empty Space

AT On: The Beauty of Empty Space

Sarah Coffey
Jul 25, 2008

Walking through the River North neighborhood yesterday, we passed an empty storefront. Sunlight was flooding the bare floors and walls, and it looked really beautiful - almost like an Edward Hopper painting. As we stopped for a few minutes to look, other people on the street did the same. There was something about the empty space that drew us all in...

The storefront was located on a busy street, wedged between high-end shops with extravagant window displays. In the middle of all the traffic and visual noise of the area, the empty space was a pocket of calm.

We try to use this tactic in our own home, leaving some blank space to balance a room. It's an idea that's long been practiced in Feng Shui. Between the sometimes overdetermined elements of decorating, it helps to have some empty space to open up room for growth. Emptiness holds possibility.

Photos: Art Gallery by Productora

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