A well-designed room attracts you, comforts you and makes you feel at home instantly. One of the factors that determine how a room ‘looks’ and ‘feels’, is how balanced the design is!
Before we get to the 3 pillars that constitute balance, it is important to understand certain important fundamentals that you need to get right for great interiors.
The Fundamental Principles Of Design!
Let’s look at the fundamental principles of design to understand how each contributes to your home!
Balance is about creating equilibrium. This can be achieved by shape, colour, pattern and texture.
Designs too can have a certain rhythm to them.
This is done by repeating colour or shape at intervals or using contrast to make it eye-catching. The idea is to have your eye move all around the round and hold your attention at the same time.
This is when all the elements in a room come together as a whole. For example, you can use different elements of the same colour in a room to create harmony.
When one element is emphasized in a room, it captures the attention of the viewer, thus making the room interesting.
A room should have a focal point - it can either be something that is already built in like a window with a view or it can be created by using a piece of furniture that is unusual, thus making it the focus of the room.
5. Proportion and Scale
Proportion is the ratio between the size of one part to another part of the room, and scale refers to how the size of one object relates to another or to the space in which it is placed.
Understanding Balance In Interior Design
Balanced interiors give us a sense of calm and soothe the senses.
Balance means the equal distribution of visual weight in a room and it is of utmost importance for the design of all interior spaces. It provides the basic flow of the room while designing it. It can be achieved by using, symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial settings.
1. Symmetrical Balance
This kind of balance is usually found in traditional interiors.
Symmetrical balance is characterized by the same object being repeated in the same position of either side of the central axis.
It can use one element as a focal point or central axis and use mirroring elements on either side.
It is easy to achieve and difficult to go wrong with!
It is more logical and structured than the other kinds.
To use symmetrical balance, find the focal point in the room and work outward repeating design elements like furniture, lights etc on either side of the focal point.
This is best suited for bedrooms as a visually balanced space calms the mind and creates a sense of harmony.
2. Asymmetrical Balance
This balance is more often used in today’s modern designs and is more informal!
Asymmetrical balance is a result of using different objects whose visual attraction is equal.
It is more of organized chaos and therefore more difficult to design!
It is dynamic and provides visual movement by using dissimilar objects.
It is used to create a more casual and playful setting.
With asymmetrical balance, designers can achieve visually stunning and breathtaking looks by using different textures, shapes, colours and lines etc.
When used well, asymmetrical balance adds to the element of surprise in interiors by creating something visually unexpected.
3. Radial Balance
This balance is achieved by arranging different pieces of design around a centre point.
Radial balance is not as popular and isn’t often used in the interiors of a house. But when it is used, it can create stunning results.
Radial balance works best when similar elements are used around, away from or towards a focal point.
It is normally used in office spaces and hotels as it requires large spaces to create the right impact!
Designers may use one or more of these settings to create their own unique style thus creating a space that is structured, playful and is visually arresting.
If you wish to have a home or an office that’s beautifully designed in terms of balance, get in touch with Hipcouch today!