How to create repetition in interior design – 7 ideas for decorating success

1. Consider Your Color Scheme

'Repetition creates a unifying thread in a scheme, and carrying a key color from one space to adjacent rooms or floors creates a visual narrative, and can help to bring differing room schemes together,' says Cathrine Dal, founder, of Cat Dal Interiors.

2. Repeat Key Textures And Materials

'Using the same texture or pattern in different ways within the same room provides depth and interest without overwhelming a space. This is particularly useful in open plan situations where one might want to differentiate areas whilst still keeping the overall effect harmonious,' says Cathrine Dal.

3. Look To The Rules Of Symmetry

'In the world of interiors, the composition is as significant as color or texture. A good composition can capture the imagination, creating a sense of harmony. Balance is a key ingredient to a successful composition, as the eye unconsciously seeks out symmetry,' says British interior designer, Kit Kemp MBE.

4. Create Repetition Through Lighting And Furniture

Another easy way to create repetition in interior design is through your furniture and lighting choices. This doesn't mean your furniture necessarily all have to match (although, that will work well), but embracing a shared color palette or a similar style of upholstery across all of your seating elements, in a living room for example, will help to create an elegant repetition in the space.

5. Get Creative With Accessories

Never underestimate the importance of decorative accessories, such as vases, ornaments, books, artwork and more, as these objects and finishing touches are often what can bring together a whole scheme.

6. Embrace Architectural Features

Many of us will have homes that already feature many natural repetitions, through architectural details such as beautiful beamed ceilings, columns, alcoves and more. Highlighting these elements, whether that be through painted paneling ideas, or by uniting them fully into your scheme, as shown by the rustic bathroom by Kara Childress above, which celebrates the natural beams with a complementary, organic design, can make for a beautiful design feature and an enhanced, organic repetition.

7. Assess The Rhythm Of The Space

'Using repetition is the easiest way to create a rhythm for interior spaces. I like to use color or texture in my interiors. It is amazing how your eye connects all of the “dots” and fuses the elements together to create a design,' says Jen Dallas.

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