Creating drama by creating shapes in dance and Interior Design.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Create Drama with Shapes

I learned to solve all my Interior Design problems by dancing. This is Part 3 on my revelations from dancing, on how to create a drama with shapes

As I mentioned in my first article, the older I get, the more I realize the connections between all things artistic. The same principles apply to making the magic happen in Interior Design or any other art form. You just need to open your eyes, listen, and feel it to notice.

It always seems to come back to the alignment between art (creativity), science (color), and energy (connection) that makes the magic happen. I use this alignment to create beautiful dance pieces and interiors.

Let’s start with an example, how to create drama with shapes.

As a dancer, I have learned everything you do on stage creates shapes. Every movement of the arms, the hands, legs or the face creates lines. The lines extend into space beyond the shape you have made out into the space surrounding you. Energy radiates out from your hands, as if you are painting invisible pictures in the air. Although these pictures may not be seen, they can be felt by you and the audience. And if you use props such as silk veils, the shapes or pictures you create are even larger and extend further. At least they create a visual representation of the energy you are creating.

Your lines might be straight or curvy, short or long, they might create circles or figure eights, horizontal, verticle, or diagonal lines.

It is important for your shapes to take up the whole stage, rather than one small spot, and to have layers extending up and down, inward and outward. 

Diversity is the key to creating drama and interest, but there is a line between diversity and chaos! Start with a theme and basically stick with it. If you are creating curvy lines, stay in your lane.

 

For example, a slow, beautiful dance will likely be filled with curves that move fluidly from one move to the next without stopping. There may be an occasional straight line such as a head slide here and there, but they are just dramatic accents.

 

Creating drama by creating shapes in dance and Interior Design.
Dancing a slower Persian dance at the Seward Music and Arts Festival.

Dancing to a drum solo may be filled with both verticle and horizontal lines, with lots of up and down motions and slides of the head, arms, chest, and hips. You might add a chest or hip circle or figure 8 every once in a while, more as a contrast that accentuates the straight lines by comparison.

The shapes help tell your story and give your dance…or your room…. drama, movement, and energy.

Creating drama by creating shapes in dance and Interior Design.
Me performing with silk poi scarves at the Seward Music and Arts Festival. Notice how you can see the shapes you draw with your arms and hands with the scarves.
Creating drama by creating shapes in dance and Interior Design.

Create Drama with Shapes in Your Space

Creating drama by creating shapes in dance and Interior Design.

The same concepts apply to Interior Design. Consider what shapes appeal to you. Lots of curves give the room softness, a more feminine look, and are more characteristic of global and vintage styles. Straight lines tend to be more sleek, modern, minimalistic, and masculine.

Creating drama by creating shapes in dance and Interior Design.

Straight Lines

Get the look of this beautiful design. This post contains affiliate links, which allows me to share with you without additional cost to you. For this design, I primarily used straight lines in the sofa, end tables, coffee table, lamps, art, chairs, rug and credenza. The room has a more sleek, modern and masculine feel. Notice how the lines in the art and rug create a feeling of movement that goes across the room, side to side.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Create Drama with Shapes
Edesign using straight lines by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Curves

In this design in the same room, I used curves in my one-of-a-kind fractal art, rose art, the sofa, chairs, lamps, rug, pillows, end table, and coffee table. Only the credenza has some straight lines. The room has a more relaxed, feminine, global style look and feel. Notice how the curved lines  in the rug create movement from the foreground to the background.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Create Drama with Shapes
Edesign and Fractal Art using Curves by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

Mixing it Up

In this example, I mixed it up by using primarily curved lines but with the addition of the rug which uses straight lines. While this mixture feels a little more balanced and neutral in terms of masculine and feminine energy to me, it does not have the same sense of movement that the other rooms do. It feels more “still”.

Do you need an Alignment?

Ultimately, the amount of drama, movement, and excitement you want in your space is personal taste.  The type of lines you draw in space with all the objects in the room affect the energy, and how you will feel using the space.

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Mary Ann Benoit

President- Northern Lights Home Staging and Design Owner- Arctic Paradise Bed and Breakfast Artist- Stained Glass, Jewelry and Alcohol Ink Art Wildlife Biologist Director- Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company Director- Tavus Dance Company of Alaska Lover of music, art, dance and animals.

8 thoughts on “I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Create Drama with Shapes”

  1. I love the parallels you are seeing between dance and design. I think I might not have seen these connections but now I do.

  2. What a great way of thinking about design Mary Ann! All elements of our lives and art are connected – so bringing various seemingly unrelated things – like dancing and furniture – together really opens up the mind!

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