Let tension work for you in holiday decorating

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Oh, a holiday. What do you like about work holidays, town relatives, festive decorations, parties, gifts, fine dining, excuses for wearing sequins? Now, as you asked, what about collecting gifts, blowing budgets, writing cards, burning binge, unraveling light strands, falling angels, crazy wrapping and shipping, and overspoiling? About your son’s girlfriend coming to Christmas Eve service in a black bustier and leather miniskirt, the puppy watering the Christmas tree again, and Aunt Sally getting drunk and snorting by noon How are you worried about?

Sure, there’s magic in the air, but there’s also tension.

Falala la la la. But let’s stop and reframe. Apply this important design maxim whenever you feel your stress meter is rising during this time. Tension is at the heart of both great design and memorable opportunities.

Tension is a secret source and an essential binder of design, holidays, and interesting life. It’s a twist, a spice, a curve, an enthusiasm.

Los Angeles interior designer Joyy Ramirez said when I called her to discuss my threadbare theory, “no one wants predictability.” “Tension is a bit of a surprise to you, why do you ask?”

“Whenever we work on a new design, we talk from a visual tension perspective,” said Donald Strum, head of product design for the Michael Graves Design Group in Princeton, NJ. “When done correctly, it adds energy to the overall design.”

“The tension in interior design is why you want to get into the room and pay a little more attention,” Ramirez added. “It’s the opposite interaction.”

We’re all aiming for a Hallmark holiday, where dinner is perfect for magazines and Christmas lights are all working, but it’s not only unrealistic, it’s also a fuss. I told Ramirez about the year he forgot to make two pumpkin pies and add sugar, the year the Christmas tree fell, and the year the stockings on the fireplace caught fire.

“Such moments make the opportunity memorable.”

So keep in mind that this holiday season may require a bit of tension in your home as stressors pile up like bills in January and the rally begins to take off. ..

I probably don’t need to teach you how to add tension to your holiday, but here are some ways designers say you can add good tension to your home decor:

◼️ Throw a curve. According to Ramirez, adding curves to a room is an easy and often overlooked way to create visual tension. “Most rooms are boxes, with rectangular sofas, tables, desks, and artwork that make them feel stationary. Square rooms have curves (to create tension and soften the edges. You need a round mirror, an oval table, a spherical chandelier). ”Similarly, if you want to create a tablescape on a rectangular or square surface, use a circular or oval object. If the table is round, attach accessories with square or rectangular objects.

◼️ Please lose your balance on purpose. Asymmetry can also add positive tension and make the room more interesting. For example, if the mantle displays two candlesticks on one side and the other, the eyes will look a little longer. Our brains want balance, so we pay more attention when we feel something is out of place.

◼️ Create ripples. Strum said the straight line that lasts forever isn’t that interesting. However, zigzags, ripples, or curves can cause confusion, which changes the way the eyes cross the form. “The more movement you have, the more exciting it is.” But don’t overdo it.

◼️ Opposite pair. Light and dark, high and low, male and female, smooth and rough juxtaposition all add tension to the design through contrast. As the opposite sides pull each other, their characteristics increase.

◼️ Do something unexpected. Ramirez said that tension also arises if he doesn’t do what he expects. “Forget what it should be” Decorate all white trees with black ornaments or stand upside down. The break from that tradition will be memorable. And it may keep the dog away.

Mani Jameson is the author of six home and lifestyle books, including “What to do with everything you own to leave the legacy you want.”

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