No, I’m not talking about the evil device in your bathroom.

I’m talking about the relationship amongst all the items in a room to all the other items in the room.

Scale is achieved by purposefully placing a particular object next to another particular object. This placement helps to define the scale of each item. I recently read, “ You can’t see a straight line unless there’s a curved line next to it.”* The contrast helps to define an object as we see and comprehend it.

Place tall objects next to low objects, bold colors next to understated colors, textured fabrics next to metal objects. This helps to make the space have a personality, you feel good in it and you have a desire to discover more.

Through this technique you can have grandeur and intimacy; elegance and simplicity; formality and informality; and most of all a beautiful room.

Jeffrey Bilhuber’s “Design Basics”