What do you first think of when you hear the word rhythm? I feel most people would say music! In music, rhythm is the beat that continually carries along the melody. In interior design, rhythm carries the eye along a path at a pace determined by the elements that illustrate it. Rhythm is also used to establish a continuity and flow within a room.
Here are the five basic types of rhythm in interior design,
of which I will give examples of:
Progression can be seen in shapes progressing from large to small or small to large, such as a set of nesting tables, where each smaller table fits beneath it's next larger component.
Transition is a rhythm that leads the eye without interruption from one point to another. Rhythm by transition can be established by a continuous line, usually an architectural element such as a crown or dado moulding or an arched doorway or shelving.
Contrast is an abrupt change that forms interesting, repetitive rhythm. It can be seen in patterns - open/closed, busy/plain, light/dark combinations.
Radiation is another type of Rhythm which is closely related to radial balance. This type of rhythm can give a room a circular radiation feeling.