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Achieving Interior Design Balance

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At its best, interior design is an intentional exercise in balance among myriad qualities that results in a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Or, more plainly spoken, it’s when your living room looks complete because the colors, shapes and sizes of its contents create some kind of harmony you can feel in your bones even better than you can describe in words.

Interior Design Balance

Some people have a knack for achieving this kind of balance – and they’re often interior designers – but anyone can learn to look at things with a keener eye for "what works."

Have you ever walked into a room that felt … perfect? Well, the perfect room is rare, but we’ve all been in a space that feels cozy, cool and somehow just right.

That feeling is a product of good balance.

Balancing Color

We don’t have room enough to list all the ways you can balance color, so we’ll just start with a few of the most popular:

- Pair colors between accent items, like your area rug and your throw pillows.
- Go monochrome, and let one primary color balance against black and white.
- Choose a natural theme and use colors that exist within it (e.g., jungle, sky, desert).
- Use color monochrome by playing with tints and shades of a single hue.

Balancing Period / Style

Furniture and décor always evoke a particular style, and you can either stick with one (traditional, modern, etc.) or combine them for a more eclectic vibe.

You could say that the more you combine the more eclectic the look will become, but you’ll want to be careful to avoid going from eclectic to hectic with an overabundance of styles crammed into one space.

Balancing Weight

This refers to the size and shape of objects. Imagine a room with a grand piano that’s illuminated with track lighting – chances are good the designer has chosen to make the piano the centerpiece, rather than have it compete with, or complement, a chandelier.

Again, this can work in a variety of ways. Many rooms will have a centerpiece that draws the eye immediately, while others eschew large statement pieces to allow your gaze to travel around the space.

Balancing Perspective  

This is all about arrangement and how the room is perceived from different viewpoints, particularly entry points. What do you want to highlight? Are there features you want to downplay?

Doing this well, by carefully arranging furniture, mirrors and other décor, can help “lead” a person through a room, which will make it feel more natural and comfortable.

Use these tips and tricks, and see how well you can add more balance to your interior design, or get even more ideas from the pros at Decorist or Porch!

Signature Design by Ashley "Revere" throws, which come in sets of three, add a complementary neutral tone in the room design above. 

The Euro Style "Fenia" swivel chair, also featured in the image above, blends natural rattan and chrome to create a modern look that adds balance and functionality to the space. 

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