Balance is a key ingredient in any good design. When you walk into a space that is properly balanced, it just feels right. Balance is equilibrium – “It is the composition of furnishings that physically or visually provide a feeling of stability.” Creating visual balance requires working with shape, scale, and proportion. There are 3 different kinds of balance: Symmetrical, Asymmetrical and Radial.
This is the easiest form of balance to achieve and can be done by mirroring one side of a room with the other. It often creates a more formal feel and is effectively used when there is a central focus, such as a fireplace or coffee table.
Also known as informal balance, asymmetrical balance is about creating groupings that can be used with opposing pieces that are roughly the same size and/ or shape and are often grouped in odd numbers. Asymmetrical balance can be more challenging to achieve but can result in a dynamic and visually exciting space!
Radial balance is used when there is a central point with elements radiating from or around it – as with a dining room table. This form of balance generally achieves an intimate setting conducive to conversation and gathering.