Does a cluttered home make you feel uneasy? This feeling is close to the one that can be experienced in a room without proper “balance”. In contrast, a room with a right balance generates a state of wellbeing. A room that has struck the right balance is harmonious and allows the eye to run through it without the need to stop and refocus repeatedly.
Technically speaking, balance in interior design refers to the arrangement of objects in a definite space. It seeks to create a sense of equilibrium and unity in a room. There exists two kinds of balance: symmetrical and asymmetrical.
Symmetrical balance is achieved when different objects in a room are placed in such a way that it looks like mirror images.
An example of this type of arrangement, where everything matches perfectly, would be a king size bed with identical bed tables on each side of the bed, adorned with the same decorative lamps.
Symmetry in interiors is easy on the eye and brings a sense of order and stability. It makes us feel safe and secure.
Are symmetrical balance’s replications a tad too formal for your taste? Then I would suggest giving asymmetrical balance a go!
Asymmetrical balance also seeks equilibrium and unity in a room, but does not seek to create mirror images. It requires a bit more imagination and creativity. One way to attain asymmetrical balance would be by placing tall items in the room.
For example, a grouping of candle holders placed on one side of a huge table need not be balanced by another grouping of identical candle holders on the other side. In its place, you can choose to display a floral arrangement of identical size, and there will still be a sense of balance.
As another example, in order to maintain a sense of equilibrium in a room, massive pieces of furniture should be dispatched in the room but not necessarily in a symmetrical way.
Getting the balance right
Whether symmetrical or asymmetrical, seeking perfection does not indicate balance in a room. Don’t be too much of a perfectionist, and instead strive for harmony and maybe let things be just a little off to get the desired balance!