Balance

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.

Symmetrical Balance

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.

Symmetrical Balance

 

Asymmetrical Balance

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!

Asymmetrical Balance

 

Radial Balance

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.

Radial Balance

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