Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rule #2 - Balance

Just like not having the proper balance in our everyday lives causes chaos, poor balance in design causes visual chaos.

There must be a balance between the space with heights and the visual weight of objects. Think symmetry. If you were to take a room and draw a line down the middle of it, each of the sides are the same and mirror each other, like in the photo below...

If you slice the fireplace in half, the room looks pretty much the same on both sides. They both have identical curtains and chairs.

You can also find balance in assymetrical rooms. If there is a cluster of white candles on one side of the room, and the other side has a similar size cluster of white photo frames, it achieves assymetrical balance. Although the items are not the same, they maintain a proper balance because of their size and scale to the room.

It's also important to find balance in hanging things on the walls. Even though the general rule of thumb is to hang art at eye level, if there is art work hung at all different levels all around the room, it won't look right. Things need to balance each other out at the right heights.

Photo courtesy of HGTV

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