Back to the basics: balance balance balance!
Welcome back! You might have noticed that it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything. Truth is, we have a baby on the way so I’ve been busy trying to prepare some things done around the house before the storm. On that note, if you stay updated, I’ll be showing our baby room renovation photos soon with decoration and money saving tips (because we all can’t afford the $5000 deluxe infant bedroom set!). But until then, you’ll have to put up with my chaotic brain as it pumps out new ideas and information while at the same time planning for motherhood. Lucky you!
So… that being said. Today class we’re going to talk about Balance. The best thing to keep in mind when reading further is that all of the blogs I’ve written up until now have prepared you for this valuable material. And if you haven’t read them yet, take a moment to breeze through them before continuing. It will help!
Interior spaces are essentially a whole slew of elements combined including the obvious such as walls, windows, furniture, accessories and lighting, to the not-so-understood elements like shape, colours, textures and sizes. Together they create functional organization and visual appeal based on the individual’s preferences. But these elements combined should also create a visual balance depending on how well they are organized in the room.
There are 2 main types of balance: symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical is exactly how you would imagine: the placement of similar or paired objects and elements on both sides of an area. It’s extremely formal in an isolated area of a room but can be very effectively.
Asymmetrical balance is by far the most popular and visually attractive. It incorporates the pairing of unlike objects in the same space while achieving visual balance. To understand asymmetrical balance, you must first understand how “visual weight” works.
Look around. Every elements in your room has distinct characteristics; shape, colour, size, texture and form. All of these characteristics create what designers know as “visual weight.” The visual weight will depict how much attention the element is going to collect from the people in the room. A detailed antique hutch, irregular shaped chair or plant, bright coloured couch, contrasting textures, a massive piece of art or anything with unusual proportions; these are all examples of elements that create a heavy visual weight.
Asymmetrical balance relies on mixing elements with a heavy weight with elements that are lighter or less dynamic. The key is to either have a larger, less forceful element compensating for the visually heavy element, or to have it arranged off center from the heavy element. Something to avoid would be to have too many elements in a room with a heavy visual weight. They are primarily used to draw attention and interest to an area. If you have too many in one room, your eyes will bat all over the place and you will soon feel tired or overwhelmed. It’s important to create a harmony with all the room’s elements as they are so different from each other.
Although asymmetrical balance is by far the most dynamic and attractive, it can be difficult to achieve without some help. Bring family or friends into the room after rearranging it and see how they feel and what attracts their attention first. You should be able to tell right away after re-entering a room if something feels off. And if all else fails, symmetrical balance is still very attractive and much easier to achieve!
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