Have you ever walked into a room and felt at ease right off the bat? Or have you ever been into any interior space and felt comfortable by its whole design? Perhaps you may attribute that to balance. Balance is one of the basic principles of Interior Design. By understanding it, alongside the other basic interior design principles, you’re sure to have a more put together home with a few revamps.
What is balance?
Balance is achieved when the visual weight of objects in a room are equally distributed. The placement of these objects are planned in such a way that it creates a feeling of equilibrium. These elements are strategically arranged to make a space feel more coherent and put together. To achieve a visually stable space, it requires balance. Therefore, without it, any room may feel uncomfortable to be in. On the other hand, when everything feels “right” in
interior design, you can call that a well-balanced space.
Why use balance?
Balance affects people’s perception of space. When a space is balanced, it connotes a positive effect on you and anyone who is in that zone. Psychology also tells us that our brains can recognize patterns easily before individual design elements. We often tend to see the bigger picture of a room first rather than the elements that are in it. This is how our brains work—once we recognize a pattern, we can then process the other elements
within a given space.
How to achieve balance at home:
There are three kinds of balance—symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial.
- Symmetrical – design elements are repeated on opposite or the same sides. This is the kind of balance that’s easy to achieve because there is a repetition of patterns. Therefore, the elements in it are either mirrored or are arranged in the same manner. For example, two living room couches that face each other are said to be symmetrically balanced. Another would be these two tables painted with the same color give off a sense of balance.
- Asymmetrical – there is no repetition or duplication of design elements in asymmetrical balance. However, the visual weights of the lines, colors, and textures are arranged in such a way that these are equally balanced. For instance, this yellow chair positioned in the middle with the art piece behind and with a floor lamp and end table on each side.
- Radial – this is characterized by a central focal point. The elements are
distributed around a circular design. For example, the chairs encircling a dining table.
By experimenting with the placement of different textures, colors, and forms, balance is achieved. It is important to create balance because the way how a room feels has an effect on our perception. It’s always better to enter any room and feel comfortable in it. Which part of your home do you feel the need to revamp and make it more balanced? Let us know!