5 Ways Rhythm Engages Your Eye

Successful design retains the eye curious, permitting us to take in each part of a room’s design. Rhythm is an integral design principle that encourages our eyes to maneuver around an area in an organized manner. When used well, it brings an inherent unity and awareness of selection to our spaces.

The rhythm in most interior designs is based on one of five fundamentals: repetition, gradation, transition, contrast and radiation. Here I’ll explain the way to bring these rhythms and a sense of calm to your interiors.

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Rhythm with reproduction is based on comparable lines, shapes, forms, textures, colours or patterns through an interior. This technique provides a very clear sense of stability to a space and cohesiveness.

For instance, the eye follows the continuous movement across this hallway through the usage of this replicated architectural vertical posts and floor lighting.

Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home

Repeating the same-size framed prints at a similar fashion and color is an easy way to achieve a beautiful, gentle rhythm.

McCoubrey/Overholser, Inc..

The contrasting metal used as edging on these wood staircase adds real punch. The repeating shape enables the eye to flow down the stairs to the every floor. The furniture perfectly matches the dark color.

BAR Architects


With gradation the size of the same objects in a room changes from small to big, or a color from light to dark, creating a subtle rhythm that draws the eye up and down the gradation line. The gradated tile in this bathroom generates an ethereal and sophisticated effect.

Rachel Reider Interiors

The floor vases and seat seat cushions in different sizes and heights here are a simple instance of gradation using objects. These pieces draw your eye to the vignette and invite you to sit.

Hepworth + Howard, Inc..

The gradation of the paint color not only is a luxurious detail, but leaves the space feel extra comfy at bedtime, like the night skies were slowly creeping into the space.

SDG Architecture, Inc..


Rhythm through transition subtly leads the eye gently in a continuous, uninterrupted flow from one area to another. Inside this area the curved lines of the sofa accentuate the curve of the bay window, leading the eye around the space.

Thompson Custom Homes

The charming curved lines of these arches draw the eye down the hallway, which makes it appear more.



When a form or color directly opposes another, it generates contrast — another kind of rhythm. This sitting room’s contrast comes from the powerful square lines in the fireplace and the curves of this chair and coffee table.

Paul Davis Architects

Red and green, opposite each other on the color wheel, make contrast in this hallway. The eye travels out of the greenery in the garden to the stunning red door and eventually settles on the green walls painting.

Blue Tangerine Art

Contrast can happen with fashion, too. This traditional dining area has a lot of architectural details , but the modern paintings hung in a row include a fascinating rhythmical contrast.

Sheila Rich Interiors, LLC


With rhythm through radiation, layout components are balanced and replicated around a room. Here the chairs and vase of flowers radiate off the circular table. The circular light matching and two wall prints include extra visual equilibrium.

Jarlath Mellett

These circular mirrors radiate and repeat around one another, creating a balanced and soothing look that’s a great deal more appealing than just one could have been.

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