Negative space defines good design. It’s often the most restrained spaces that are the most beautiful.
Reducing clutter and simplifying your living spaces can elevate your home. In Japanese culture, where interior design is exceptional, tasteful and pervasive; the concept of negative space is integral. It connects you to the wider world and prevents you feeling that your walls are closing in on you.
The trick is to decide how you’re going to frame your empty space. You can effect this through where you place your furniture.
It’s All About Balance
Try to look for negative space opportunities that will balance the room.
Train yourself to look for opportunities to create space. Will that cluttered table look better cleared off?
Look for spots that would look more sophisticated and simple if elements were removed.
Think Of Blank Space As Another Piece of Furniture
There’s a difference between intentional blank space and space you’ve just overlooked. A great way to think about this is to imagine blankness as a piece of furniture.
Where can you place it? What does it go well with? What does it clash with?
Give Space A Chance
Open spaces won’t always be right for you. Experiment, give things a try.
If, after a few days, the negative space hasn’t freshened the atmosphere of the room, then fill it with something. But keep in mind that empty space is always a tool in your arsenal.
Blank Space Opens Up A Room
Plenty of factors influence the feeling of size in a room. Blank space is one of the most important (as well as lighting & colour usage).
Rooms that embrace emptiness look much larger. Keep this in mind if you’re designing for a small space.
Use Mirrors To Add Detail to a Sparse Room
It can be difficult swapping over to emptiness and spaciousness. When we’re designing a space, we tend to prefer to load it up with objects to create an effect.
If you’re really struggling to pare back, a mirror can be a great way to get the best of both worlds. Mirrors add detail to a room without filling it with another distracting object.
They also make the openness feel more intentional, and they increase the feeling of space.
Blank Spaces Call Attention to Structure
If you’re in a house with a unique structure, open space can turn that into a feature.
Keeping hallways and entryways cleared can guide attention to the structure of the building itself.
Filled Spaces Are Often Cluttered Spaces
We all get attached to our belongings. But sometimes we end up attached to things that aren’t useful or meaningful to us.
Think about the spaces in your home. Do you really need the things that fill them, or is it just easier to leave them full?
Embrace the simplification of the spaces you live in.
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8 Body Language Signs that Show Your Horse is Trying to Tell You Something
If you horse’s ears are standing up, is usually indicates that they’re content. This is a relatively passive sign and occurs when the horse is relaxed, too.
2. Ears pointing forward.
When the ears are aimed forwards like little radars, your horse is attentive. Your horse is ready to work, or it may have spotted something that it wants to know more about.
3. Ears are back.
Your horse may be anxious or afraid if its ears are pointed backwards. You’ll notice ears in this position when a horse is spooked.
4. Ears pinned back and down.
When the ears are pinned back and against the head, your horse is in an aggressive mood. Horses like this are dangerous, and they’re trying to tell you that they’re ready to confront anyone that opposes them.
5. Snaking the head.
If your horse lowers its head and swings it side to side, they’re trying to intimidate something or someone else. This should be considered a warning flag; it may turn into more overt aggressive behaviour.
Horses sometimes lift a hoof and stomp it back into the ground. This indicated that the horse is irritated. The degree of irritation can by more difficult to know, sometimes a horse will stomp because is it being annoyed by a fly. Keep watch and make sure the behaviour doesn’t escalate.
7. Teeth clacking.
Submissive horse will push their heads forwards and click there teeth. This happens most often in foals, who are weaker than other horses and often try to avoid confrontation. The signal means that the horse doesn’t want a confrontation and is willing to accept the other horse’s leadership.
8. Flaring nostrils.
Horse flare their nostrils to breathe in more oxygen. It keeps them alert and allows them to be more responsive to situations. You’ll see this when your horse is being exercised, but you may also see it when the horse is being particularly attentive or thinks there may be a threat nearby.
READ MORE: Why Dressage Letters Are Those Letters.
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Shed Designs to Live In
We’ve built quite a few sheds designed to be lived in – from Daylesford to Mt Buffalo, there are people living in our buildings across Australia.
They can, in fact, look fantastic – offering a great-looking alternative to traditional home construction.
Take a look at some of our habitable dwelling builds below: