Interior Design

Design 101

Balancing Act

Bringing balance to room creates a sense of ease and equilibrium. In interior design balance requires distributing visual weight appropriately.  It is both the avoidance of overemphasis or disregard for a given space within a room.  Either of these create an interior that appears lopsided. There are three types of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial.

Symmetrical Balance

Symmetrical balance requires a centerline creating a balance point for the arrangement.  In essence, one half is the mirror image of the other.  The image below is a great example of symmetrical balance and is very often used in formal settings such as living rooms.


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Asymmetrical Balance

In asymmetrical balance, unequal objects are placed at unequal distances from the centerline. That said, the visual weight of the size and color of objects is evenly distributed.  In other words, you want to create visual balance on each side of the centerline.  Below is an example of asymmetrical balance.  Asymmetrical balance typically lends itself to modern or informal settings.


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Radial Balance

Radial balance is circular and the objects are balanced around a central pivot point.  This type is balance is very often found in a dining room where the center of the dining table is the hub around which the objects are arranged.  The image below is an example of radial balance.


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