• Written by guest blogger Alvina Lopez, a freelance writer and blog junkie.
I love visually busy rooms. They are far from boring, and I believe they appeal to a subconscious human instinct to take in diverse information. Before we were in neat, organized homes, humans were outside surrounded by the infinite variability and complexity of nature. With this logic, I believe we all like complex patterns in our interior designs. However, as much as we like complex information in our designs, it is entirely too easy to have a room (and its occupant) suffer from over-stimulation. For rooms with gritty urban cement walls or detailed brick patterns, you need to carefully arrange a room with simple, smooth, and minimalist furniture. The furniture then serves as a smooth palette to contrast against the busy walls and floors, thus turning a confusing room into a unified, cohesive one.
There is any number of decorations and furniture that could accomplish this purpose, but for the sake of continuity, I will use examples from Fritz Hansen. Its chairs are solid in color which yields to their power of simplicity in design. At that same token, they also have unique shapes with subtle and smooth curves that result in a simple but rich decorative effect that can unify a busy room, but also keep a cleaner room at least somewhat interesting. Of course, their photography is gorgeous as well.
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