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Creating Balance in your Designs


It is easy to say that décor should be well balanced. But what does this mean? When it comes to décor, balance does not simply mean that the décor on one side of the room should weigh the same as the décor on the other side. While most people would agree that this of course would be silly, few are able to really understand what it does mean for décor to be well balanced.

At its simplest, balance in décor refers to the way that different elements support and contrast with each other. One way of thinking about it is to think about the amount of space and attention that each piece will command. A large piece which does not draw the eye might have a similar effect to a smaller one with brighter colors or greater contrast.

When balancing décor, the simplest and least complicated method is to simply mirror décor. Hang a picture on one side, hang a similar one on the other. While this can be stale and bland if overused, when done more subtly or abstractly, it can greatly improve the overall look of a room.

If you want to really make something special however, you will need to learn how to balance décor asymmetrically. I mentioned above that balance is about attention, and this is the key with asymmetrical balance. A good understanding of contrast, attention, and where people will be likely to direct their attention will be incredibly helpful when looking to balance décor this way. When done well, you can create an aesthetic which is both visually pleasing and relaxing, while also unique and creative.

While balance can be achieved by viewing the room in two halves, a better approach is often to begin at the centerpiece of the room. The centerpiece is the object which will draw attention, and around which activities will be focused. This could be something like a fireplace, a table, or (in many modern houses) a TV. Using this centerpiece, you can attempt to spread décor outwards, ensuring that it spreads attention and focus easily and naturally. Pieces of décor should sit comfortably in the background, rather than seeking to wrench the attention from the centerpiece. Start at the focal point, and slowly work your way outwards, balancing visual engagement with occupied space. While it may take you some time to master, the first step is to be aware. 

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