Posted 1.30.19 @ 0:0
Negative space is often viewed as the absence of design or structural elements by many, but is it really? Is negative space a design element in itself? Whether it may be in architecture, art, or interior decorating, the use of negative space has its merits. Resist to fill every nook and cranny and give utilizing negative space a try!
So, what is negative space, to begin with? Negative space gives the structural and design elements you have the contrast they need to stand out. It promotes balance by creating a subconscious feeling of harmony and comfort. Below are some examples of the uses of negative space and how you can utilise it in your home.
Less Visual Clutter
Do you wonder why designers often leave a space above kitchen cabinets? Why don’t they just extend the cabinets to the ceiling? Well, upper kitchen cabinet space is often unused because they’re beyond the reach of many and not practical. Not only that, but overfilled spaces can make a room seem stuffy and look cluttered. By leaving some space above the cabinets, you give the room some breathing space and play up the other design aspects of the room.
Less is More
You don’t always have to use all the pieces of an entire sofa set in a room or have layers of fabric for your window treatment. Understand that less can be more. By leaving out a side table from a sofa set (and using it elsewhere) or just having the bare minimum for your window treatment, you can enhance the look and feel of the room by making it easier to move in and giving what you want to stand out some breathing space to shine.
Improve the Energy of a Room
Although it is tempting to keep thing symmetrical because it looks nicer and gives our brains some comfort, using asymmetry can make a room feel livelier and more dynamic. By resisting the urge to fill each side of a room or wall with the same things, you’ll create visual interest and movement.
Negative space enhances the positive elements you have in your home by eliminating distractions, giving emphasis to what you really wanted to show off. Example, a large expanse of wall will benefit from having just one or two large artworks in the middle than having it cover the entire wall. By doing so, you’re framing the artwork using negative space and making it stand out more.
Give Architectural Emphasis
Sometimes just using light to fill up space but not really putting anything else in it can be a powerful design tool. You may have seen this in homes that have lighting on the space above their cabinets or those that leave the space under their stairs empty except for some lighting. By using light to showcase negative space, you’ll draw attention to what you want to be highlighted, almost forming a shadow and light sculpture.
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