Wanting to fill every nook and cranny of a home is a common design mistake. Every room has ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ space. What this means is the positive is your focal point and negative is the space surrounding this point. It is important to have a balance. Think of a painting with a solid black vase painted in the middle — the negative white space surrounding the object also has its own shape and identity. Both are equally important. When adding design to a room, keep things open and interesting with furniture, lighting and seating which utilize the illusion of shapes. This may be achieved by the connection of lines to create the negative space as the focal point.
1. Metro Rectangular Chandelier — Currey & Company ; 2. Vienna Chandelier — brass — Jonathan Adler ; 3. Grand Lotus Chandelier — Currey & Company ; 4. Whisk Pendant — Currey & Company ; Metro Right Sconce — Currey & Company
Still needing some inspiration? Start with taking a look around the rooms in your home. Think of function and the importance of each piece. If there is no function or is unused, this is an opportunity to replace with the needed negative space. Are there items that are too heavy or oversized? Chairs, furniture, lighting? Remove the weight and lighten up the design with some of our items shown above. Also, shop our GET THE LOOK : NEGATIVE SPACE for more items
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