9 Principles of a Well-Balanced Room
Balance is everything in design. Everything just feels right when the space is well balanced, whether symmetrical (classic) or assymetrical (contemporary). When visual balance is working, the design of the room will 'pop' with that 'aah' moment, taking a quantum leap in overall interior style which is greater than the sum of the physical parts. A very tangible experience in design we have all encountered in both the simplist rustic interiors and a dramatic luxurious retreats. 1. Architectural features which define a room such as picture windows, gorgeous views and fireplaces, must be respected as the pivot point for balancing a room.
2. Visual weight of a well-balanced room proportionally pleases the eye, creates interest and creates good flow of space.
3. Symmetry where key objects such as sofas and unusual table lamps are repeated or mirrored along a central axis to create a harmonious space.
4. Asymmetry is often used in contemporary design, for a more relaxed and lively interior space relying more on the eye’s sense of balance to complete the design.
5. Texture and pattern are important when considering the overall mood you are creating. Generally, a casual room is balanced with matt finishes, tactile textures, subtle patterns and furniture finishes- while a formal room favours more reflective surfaces, shimmering metallics, strong patterns and a more defined colour palette.
6. Proportion and furnishing shapes need careful attention especially when combining an assortment of straight lined pieces, curved elegant items, boxy solids, translucent or fine lined materials, sculptural shapes and a mix of pieces sitting down to the floor or up on legs.
7. The centre point is the first item the eye is drawn to in a room, normally centred on a wall or in the middle of the room. Always invest in the best centre point object you can afford, this will give the greatest personality to the remainder of the interior space.
8. Repetition, progression and transition define the rhythm of your home and allow you to create a sense of movement. Repetition uses the same element thoroughout the room, be it colour, pattern or texture. Progression involves taking an element and increasing or decreasing its qualities such as a group of various sized candles or a gradual colour change. Transition is all about creating smooth connections or flow between the various elements of your decor.
9. Be prepared to change! Sometimes unexpected elements give artful balance and unique personality to the home.