Interior decoration is an art form. You have to take into consideration a hundred tiny little details about a living space — the room’s size, the flow of foot traffic, the color of the walls, art pieces, the view outside the window, and so forth. Seamlessly incorporating a custom aquarium into a living space can be a little bit tricky, but it has an incredible payoff because the living ecosystem enhances the beauty of the room. We’ve talked about aquariums and interior decoration a few times on this blog, but today we want to venture into new territory: creating harmony between multiple aquariums.
Aquariums often act as the centerpiece for a room because they’re so incredibly beautiful. Having a large, central aquarium is a great interior decoration strategy, but have you ever considered multiple smaller aquariums instead of a single big one? The design possibilities are practically endless.
Beauty in Symmetry
Probably the easiest way to create consistency through multiple aquariums is to make them visually similar. I’m not saying that you should make all of your aquariums identical — that would be boring. However, it is a well-known fact that symmetrical objects are generally considered more beautiful. Use similar layouts, plants, and fish to create a consistent feel throughout your aquarium.
For example, let’s suppose that you have a living room with two aquariums placed on opposite walls. You could create visual symmetry between these two aquariums by using similar rocks and coral, or you can highlight species of the same fish. By pairing these two aquariums together, you create a harmonious interaction that balances the room.
It’s like the four paintings from the Voyage of Life series by Thomas Cole. Each painting is visually reminiscent of the other three, which encourages you to go back and inspect the previous painting to see how they interact.
Variations on a Theme
A much more subtle strategy is to create variations on a theme. Here, you select a certain unifying concept and tweak it with each aquarium. This strategy is probably better if you plan to have aquariums in different rooms of the house. It’s flexible enough that each aquarium can match the unique personality of a living space, but at the same time the aquariums will create a cohesive theme that speaks to a grand, underlying design philosophy. Different, yet united.
The theme could be color, layout, the size of the fish, freshwater aquariums, or what have you. As an example, let’s suppose that you choose to make rock formations the underlying theme of your aquariums. In your living room you could have an aquarium with a large, central rock formation that is visually complex and lets in a lot of light. In your dining room you could have an aquarium with a rock wall that has tiny caves and crevices for the many tropical fish. Your bedroom aquarium could have a dark and mysterious cave that is both enticing and dangerous — perfect for creating a sexy atmosphere.
Each of these aquariums would have a fundamentally different visual impact, but they would all be united in the fact that they use the same types of rocks.
Ultimately, it’s entirely up to you how you design your aquariums. It’s perfectly acceptable to build multiple aquariums without creating any visual consistency between each aquascape, but I highly recommend that you look at the larger picture in order to create a coherent art theme.