Balanced Decorating

We all know the importance of balancing our lives then why not our space? Your rooms should make you feel at peace & relaxed. If you have ever walked into a room that made you feel eddy or uneasy, it probably was out of balance. The relationship of items to one another to form an agreeable whole is termed balance.

The two types of balance are:

1. Symmetrical balance

2. Asymmetrical balance.

Symmetrical Balance:

The simplest & the most common is the symmetrical balance. Its when one side of something is the exact mirror image of the other side, like two identical chairs flanking a table with them. While easy to create and very common, at times according to space requirements symmetrical design can also be dull & boring. The human eye enjoys the comfort and predictability of an even look, but a constant symmetry will bore the beholder.

Asymmetrical Balance:

Is when two sides are equivalent in weight & mass but are not identical in shape, color, and size and so forth. Use asymmetrical balance to create a more informal room, one that has flexibility and spaciousness. Today the trend is definitely informal balance. Why? Because it works extremely well with design’s ever popular eclectic look. In informal balance plan also works well in creating a contemporary style of decorating. And most of the people are interested in creating a relaxed, casual lifestyle and so it’s important to take into account an informal balance plan. Use it to create movement, spontaneity, beauty and your individual personality.

Example for Asymmetrical Balance:

An asymmetrical arrangement features odd numbered groupings of objects different types & sizes. An asymmetrical mantel arrangement might include a grouping of three similar candle sticks of varying sizes placed opposite a single flower arrangement of equal weight. The number of objects in a grouping is unimportant as long as groupings balance each other visually.

So far we have been discussing the horizontal plane of balance. Now let’s discuss the vertical balance of room as well. Pay attention to the relative heights of every object in the room. Don’t design a room with all very low furniture in it, unrelieved by any varying heights. This can be disturbing. Add some taller elements, such as indoor plants or trees, large art, some book shelves a sculpture on a pedestal. If a large amount of things are above eye level, add interesting objects whose heights are below eye level, such as large floor baskets, floor plants, tall vases & such.

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