Create Balance in Home Decorating

Create Balance in Home Decorating

Symmetry, proportion and harmonious visual illusions are aspects of interior design that can be used to form comfortable and inviting appeal in any space.

There are a few rules of design that will help to create a free-flowing and aesthetically pleasing space in your home. Before selecting and placing furniture, it’s important to know and understand the space with which you have to work.

Start by removing your existing furniture from the room. It’s often difficult to see an enhanced layout if you have been living with a certain layout for a long period. Then take a tape measure to ascertain the room dimensions and sketch a rough floorplan to enable you to see the space from an aerial viewpoint. Make a few copies so that you can play around with various furniture placements and layouts.

Once you have the floor plan, you can also work out which items of your existing furniture will work in the new space, and what items you need to buy.

Make sure that the placement you choose allows for ease of foot traffic around the room. That is, you should be able to move around the room freely without brushing furniture. Symmetry and balance are important factors of good design and should be considered when placing furniture. Balance revolves around the equal distribution of ‘weight’ in a room.

It is essential that the proportions of the furniture you choose are in harmony. If one item is significantly larger than others, it can disrupt the harmony in the room and make it visually less pleasing. Proportion is often discussed in relation to dressing the human body, and the same principles apply in dressing a room. Aim to create the visual illusion of balance by enhancing some areas and concealing others. In a similar way too much pattern in one area of a room can create imbalance.

Be aware of this when placing items of furniture or décor that are upholstered with a fabric that has strong patterns. To overcome issues of imbalance, take a photo of the room and divide it into four by drawing a line down the vertical and horizontal axis. You should be able to immediately see where the imbalance lies by using this method.

You don’t want to create fuss in one area of the room, but aim to have a focal point for your eye to rest on once the entire room has been surveyed. Create a focal point of emphasis in the room by hanging striking artwork or placing a decorator item such as a lamp.

Avoid competing focal points such as dramatic wallpaper alongside a stunning artwork because this will make the room appear cluttered and difficult for your eye to rest on one exciting place.

Source: Juliet Love – stylist & interior designer who runs her own business, Love Style