Developing Design with Color, Scale & Repetition

Artist Andy Warhol was a master of using color, scale and repetition for visual imagery. Although best known for his silk screened celebrity images, his knowledge of fashion, interior design, photography and film making were combined to make him a universal artist. What Warhol can teach us is how to use color, scale, and repetition to develop interior design.

The bold use of color can define a room of any size. Bold use does not necessarily mean bright color. A singular pale color that envelopes an entire room including the ceiling, moldings and doors has dramatic impact. A singular contrasting color repeated in different textiles, materials, and accessories is an easy affordable way to achieve dramatic effect in an artistic way.

A lesson in scale can be learned by looking at two different portraits of Marilyn Monroe.  The portrait with hundreds of small silkscreened Marilyn images has the same visual impact as a singular large Marilyn portrait.  The scale of objects in a room can be used in a similar fashion. A small room with lots of similar colored small furniture throughout the room has the same visual impact as a small room with just one or two large pieces of furniture.

Andy also knew that repetition is easy on the eye because we see things in volume. When developing a color palette, make your eye move around the room comfortably by repeating a color. For example if you love lime green but don’t want the entire room to scream lime green use small amounts of the color through the room in different ways. A good way to achieve repetition is through items purchased in pairs, art, accessories, pillows, curtains, candles, glassware and threads in textiles or rugs.

Make an artistic statement in your home!

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