Tuesday Tip - Elements Of Design In Party Decor - Unity

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, variety and today is the finale with unity.

Unity is the feeling of harmony between all parts...a cohesion between all the elements.   Basically, you are using the other principles of design together and just about every party set up is unified...either through color, shape, pattern, theme (like dragons or a tea party), scale...well you get my point.

elements of design unity Land Of Nod

I absolutely love Land Of Nod's various round elements like paper fans and various felt balls may be different sizes but they all tie together into a cohesive unit by their colors and proportion.

elements of design unity striped table

Real Simple's repetitive party table keeps the stripes theme going throughout all the party items; everything is kept grounded by the tablecloth.
elements of design unity pink sparkly party

Visual Vocabulary at first seems to be a bit much  bit of everything, but the black and white striped background is a nice contrast to the pink and gold elements. By repeating it through everything from the printables to mom and dad's ensembles it pulls everything together perfectly.

elements of design unity chevron party

Little Big Company's chevron details play well with the polygonal shapes and of course, the use of orange and blue in all the elements.  

elements of design unity cheese table

This pretty cheese table from The Pretty Blog shows that just using the same color of serveware can pull a table together quickly...white serveware makes your food look amazing...cough, cough.  Keeping it simple with clear glass that continues to showcase its contents is the perfect look.

elements of design unity beauty bar

bonito design's Beauty Bar is by far my favorite look.  They let the products shine with clear containers and kept all the products unified by keeping the colors to red and gold.   Simply adorned, and everything works so well together.

I hope this series helps you put together a fabulous spread! I refer to the elements of design every time I set anything up, from a placesetting to an entire party space. Just go with your gut and I guarantee whatever you do will be amazing!

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