As we all know, it’s important to create interest in a room to make your design come to life. If you want your room to pop even more why not take a step beyond interest and create drama? Drama is an often overlooked design choice because people tend to think it means that their spaces will look over the top. But, we disagree; while drama can be exuberant, it can also be understated. The only requirement is that it’s both excited and unexpected. One of the best ways to do that is to use contrasting design elements.
These elements can range from colors, textures, or anything in between. You just have to have a little imagination, a bit of courage, and a guiding hand to get you started. Read on to see three of our favorite ways to create drama, and learn how you can achieve them in your own home!
Wood and Natural Fibers
Wood is a universal element when it comes to interior design, but it can be a little plain if it’s not paired with something else. That’s why we love to see when interesting, contrasting twists are added to seemingly simple pieces. One of our favorite additions is a natural fiber, like jute, wool, or bamboo. While these textures are similar in their origins, their functions are completely different. Wood is perfect for grounding designs and providing function, while natural fibers are generally used for their style. Take, for instance, the bench above. The solid wood contrasts nicely with the gorgeous, naturally-colored rope.
Metal, Leather, and Soft Textiles
The next way we like to use contrasting design elements is by pairing metal fixtures with leathers and textiles. We love this look because you get something completely different with each element. The hardness of the metal, the softness of the pillows, and the smoothness from the leather all work together to create drama through their amazing textural contrasts. It’s a simple way to make any space look that much more interesting.
And, lastly, we have color. Color is one of the first elements you can dabble in if you want to create contrast in a design. But that doesn’t mean it’s the easiest. It takes a lot of practice to get the balance on colors right, so if you’re new at interior design, don’t get discouraged. We recommend starting out by taking two colors you like, no matter how contrasting they are, and finding shades within each of their color families that can complement the other. Then, add a few additional color choices slowly to play with the contrast and strike the right balance. Eventually, you’ll get a room full of color oozing effortless drama.