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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Do your eyes need a place to rest?

I am sure our first thought when it comes to a place for us to rest our eyes is of lying down somewhere comfortable and having our eyes closed. I am not talking about that kind of rest.

What I am referring too is, "Where in a room does the eye rest?"

The amount of patterns in a room will always be subjective to how many patterns the homeowner can tolerate.


A couple:
cote de texas (484x629)

untitled (360x460)

A Few:

house beautiful des. marshall watson (460x360)
1 (300x400)

An Abundance:
2 (225x225)

little green notebook (450x559)
Little Green Notebook

untitled (400x299)

If there is too much pattern and color going on in a room the eye will not have a place to rest. Pattern makes movement on the eye and in the brain. Too much color and pattern can make the eyes weary.

One design principle that is not talked about very often is where in the room  your eye will go to rest.

We all have a different tolerance for the amount of patterns or colors we can handle in a room. Whether it is a few or many, always remember you will need a place in the room's visual flow for the eye to rest.

What can we do to achieve a resting place for the eye? If you look at all the images above you will see a large spance or back drop of a solid color. Or you will see a lot of white. Solid neutral back drops are a great place to rest the eye. Also, by adding a solid color on a pillow or having a solid sofa will allow the eye to rest.

When you are working with a lot of color or pattern your eye and your brain will need a rest and white will almost always give you the respite you will need.

I have read that a lot of designers will have homes void of too much color or pattern due to the fact that they work with those elements all day long. Coming home to it is just too much to deal with.

Be in tuned to how much pattern you can tolerate in a room and always make sure you have an area to rest the eye!!

“Enjoy the Process” Of:

Giving your eyes a restful view in your rooms!!