The Unusual Element That Might Be Missing From Your Rooms (And How to Add It)

published Aug 20, 2015
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There are a lot of design elements you can choose from when you’re trying to create a sophisticated, comfortable room for yourself to enjoy. From balance, to asymmetry to lighting, many of these elements are visual, but not always. Movement is an element that isn’t often considered when decorating a space, but its visual and ethereal qualities mean that the rooms where movement is found in are ones where a playfulness pervades and one where motivation and relaxation go hand-in-hand.

Some ideas for ways to add movement to a room:

Hanging things

This is the easiest and fastest way to add a feeling of movement to a space. Breezes from fans and open windows as well as just walking by will make hanging elements like hanging plants, mobiles, wind chimes and more flutter and sway.

Thin, airy, transparent textiles

The lighter and more transparent the textile (say as room dividers and window treatments), the more they will make a room feel like it has more movement thanks to the textiles themselves being light enough to sway gently.

Light and leafy plants

Cacti and other succulents are certainly strong, architectural plants that bring a lot of green life into a room, but they aren’t exactly known to sway in a slight breeze. For added movement to a room, consider leafier plants that have a lightness and bounciness to their leaves.

(Image credit: Celeste Noche)

Flickering, lit candles

If the lights are low enough and the sun down outside, not just keeping candles around your rooms but lighting them is an easy way to add movement thanks to flickering flames tossing around shadows.

Castors and wheels

Even if the objects and furniture in your space aren’t moving around, just having large castors and wheels on view in a space will give a feeling of the potential for energetic movement. It’s possibility on display.

Keep the fan on or the window open

And of course, all your efforts to add movement into your home with any of these elements will be greatly helped by moving air (and really no room is that great when it feels stuffy) so make sure you help the air flow in any way that works for your lifestyle.