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Embrace Repetition

Repetition is a classic design strategy that can take the mundane to fantastic and the ordinary to extraordinary. Adding mass amounts of one item can give credence to nominal items like light bulbs, books or mirrors. Simply adding two identical pieces of large furniture to a space can give ho-hum pieces a striking presence. Check out these examples of repetition done right, and be inspired to try this at home.

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One table in striking magenta red is a bold statement. Two solidifies the statement and makes an unforgettable space.
In this simple dining space, identical rugs in varying size are used to separate space while making a unified statement. Leaving a rug free of any furnishings allows it to work as a piece of art; the repetition of two rugs gives their design even more presence.
traditional  The Mount (Edith Wharton's Lenox MA Estate)
This library at Edith Wharton's estate in Lenox, Mass., employs repetition with shelves of books and (click photo to see more) carved woodwork throughout the space.
Mirrors are classic design elements that lend themselves to repetition. This beauty uses circular pieces to create a beautiful frame around the main mirror.
These cabinet doors take on a life of their own with glittering, sparkling mirror segments that wink at you as you pass by. The mass repetition of material turns a simple piece of reflective glass into a stunning display. It's as if this kitchen has adorned itself with a piece of statement jewelry.
A chandelier crafted with a mass of hanging glass bulbs is a statement piece and conversation starter.
This space is a master class in repetition. Notice the wine bottle chandelier, groupings on the bookshelves and the repetition of ironwork details. Adding these details en masse gives this room clear style and shows thoughtful decoration.
When shopping for design elements in your home, consider repeating an element twice, thrice — or even 15 times. Whether it is a cluster of hanging light fixtures like these Random Lights, large furniture pieces or small trinkets, multiples always make a stronger impression.