Elements Of Design In Party Decor - Variety

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 balanceemphasismovementrepetitionproportion, rhythm, and today is variety.

So what is variety? It's using several elements to hold the viewer's attention and to guide through and around the party space. It can be from mixing different types of elements like patterns and textures to contrasting various elements.  It's hard to explain, so I'll show you...

elements of design variety beer table

This beer-tasting party from The Cooking Channel is a great example of variety, from the contrast of the orange napkins against the wood table with the stark white plates to the dark chalkboard runner offset with the lighter cheese boards.

elements of design variety gno table

Grey Likes Nesting's bright striped table cover would have been very overpowering without the neutral butcher paper topper.

elements of design variety wine barrel table

Rustic barrels, a long smooth tabletop and floating lanterns overhead are all fabulous elements on their own, but they tie together well at this wedding featured on Wedding Chicks.
elements of design variety neon table

I love all the elements from Margot Madison Creative's table...neutral top with bright pops of color, fun textures from the driftwood centerpiece and linen napkins,  and lots of natural elements contrasted with manufactured pieces.

elements of design variety fiesta mexicana

This Fiesta Mexicana featured on Hostess With The Mostess has so many fun details to choose from.  Tissue fringe and fans!  Lots of fun colors against a burlap backdrop! Prickly cacti, oh my!

elements of design variety bright table
What doesn't this eclectic baby shower featured on On To Baby have? Bright colors on weathered tops, vessels in different shapes and textures, all the different varieties of flowers...I could go on and on!

Stay tuned for the final element, unity!

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