Elements Of Design In Party Decor - Rhythm

My elements of design in party decor post generated lots of buzz; I also received several emails for more in-depth ideas about why these ideas 'work'. By no means am I an expert with years of design under my belt.  But as you work on more events, you start getting 'the eye'...something doesn't look right, something's missing...and you'll keep playing around until you get what feels right to you.

Thus, I'm inspired to do a mini series using all eight principals of design (check out the post to see what I'm talking about); so far we've got balanceemphasismovement, repetitionproportion, and today is rhythm. You create rhythm when one or more elements of design are used repeatedly to create a feeling of organized movement.

Elements of design rhythm rainbow backdrop

I am in serious love with this rainbow backdrop created from Gwynn Wasson Designs featured on Design Dazzle.  The repeated use of pom poms definitely give you the feel of the rainbow's color flow.

Elements of design rhythm  placesetting

Designer Dad's white tableware carries your eyes around the various repeated elements, down across the plates, across the glass and cup and down across the plates again.

Elements of design rhythm picture frames

The graduated sizes of picture frames in My Little Jedi's backdrop illustrates a fun sense of movement.

Elements of design rhythm black white party

Color is an element that can create a rhythm...a monochromatic look like this table from A Beautiful Mess ties all the elements togther.

Elements of design rhythm ruffled backdrop

This party from Party Like Paula ties all its elements together with the strong color of the ruffled background and tablecloth.
Elements of design rhythm white pink

Not only do the pops of color give a sense of movement, the repetition of the round shapes ties it together beautifully in Hello Naomi's Eskimo party. Psst...check out the magazine it is featured in, so much yummy goodness!

Next time, it's variety!

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