Design School: Embrace Repetition

Design School: Embrace Repetition

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Design School: Embrace Repetition

Repetition is a traditional layout strategy that can take the mundane to fantastic and the ordinary to extraordinary. Adding mass amounts of a single item can give credence to minimal things such as light bulbs, mirrors or books. Just adding two identical pieces of large furniture into a room can give ho-hum bits a striking presence. Check out these examples of repetition done correctly, and be motivated to try this at home.

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Imagine Living

One table in striking magenta red is a daring statement. Two solidifies the statement and makes an unforgettable distance.

Thorson Restoration & Construction

Within this very simple dining space, indistinguishable rugs in varying dimensions are utilized to separate space whilst creating a statement statement. Leaving a rug free of any decor allows it to work as a piece of art; the repetition of two rugs provides their layout more presence.

This library in Edith Wharton’s estate in Lenox, Mass., uses repetition with shelves of books and (click photo to see more) carved woodwork throughout the space.

Collars are classic design elements that lend themselves to repetition. This beauty uses circular pieces to make a gorgeous frame around the primary mirror.

Hufft Projects

These cabinet doors take on a life of their own with glittering, sparkling mirror sections that wink at you as you pass by. The mass repetition of material turns a very simple bit of glass into a gorgeous display. It’s like this kitchen has adorned with a object of statement jewelry.

West Architecture Studio

A chandelier crafted with a mass of dangling glass bulbs is a statement piece and conversation starter.

Pottery Barn

This distance is a master course in repetition. Notice the wine jar chandelier, groupings on the bookshelves and the repetition of ironwork details. Adding these details en masse provides this room clean style and reveals thoughtful decoration.


When shopping for design elements in your home, look at repeating a component twice, thrice — or perhaps 15 times. When it’s a cluster of dangling light fixtures such as such Exotic Lights, large furniture pieces or tiny trinkets, multiples consistently make a stronger impression.

What will you be multiplying this season?

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