REPETITION Repeating visual elements such as line, color, shape, texture and image unifies an arrangement as well as creates a rhythm. The clear vases with Thai grass and wild ginger emphasize the length of the marble-top table.
Whenever Interior designer Sigvard “Jigs” Adefuin visits a home, he can’t help but notice the visual faux pas committed by the inhabitants. Like, placing a floor lamp in a corner; displaying lamp shades with plastic covers; or leaving the lampshade closures exposed.
It’s also common to see a small painting over a huge sofa or a large painting over a tiny chair; floating a rug in the middle of the room, or placing them in an awkward angle.
Some put their crystal or glass lamps on a glass top table. “The lamps vanish. Since you paid for them, you want more visibility,” he says.
Wall décor is placed on top of the doorway which makes them not only seem out of place, but out of sight especially of short people.
Adefuin shudders at time-warped blunders such as plastic doilies and matching toilet covers and bathroom rugs.
“They are also breeding ground for bacteria,” he says.
On artificial flowers: “They not only look fake but they also propagate dust and mites. When I was in the US, HGTV said using plastic plants was considered an interior designer’s nightmare. There are indoor plants that require minimum maintenance.”
Every interior designer will have his or her own art of display. Adefuin gives basic tips that reflect his personal style.