Proportion and Balance in Interior Decorating

July 27, 2021
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Proportion and balance in decorating any home are vital to creating an interior that is visually appealing. These can be achieved in different ways and the most common is through trial and error. This is to determine what suits best for your home as well as the taste of homeowners and designers. 

What is a proportion in interior decoration?

Proportion is the balance among the design elements such as shape, color, and texture. This element is often associated with scaling where sizes are compared between objects. Proportion is the smart judgment of whether the arrangement is right or wrong. Many successfully achieve the right proportion through trial and error. Experienced designers and homeowners usually achieve this in a shorter period of time. The right proportion can be achieved by repeating various elements like shapes, colors, and texture. 

Color proportion

This can be attained by repeating colors in different areas of the house or room. For example, shades of blue can be seen on a poster displayed on a wall, fabric and cushions, rugs, and other decorative items. In this way, you will have a harmonious blend of colors in the room.

Space proportion

This is the placement of objects within a space. This is when scaling comes in. The addition of chairs and furniture pieces needs scaling so that the pieces can blend with each other. A sofa that is too big may seem a little awkward when placed beside small furniture pieces. 

Proportion of light

Having the right design of light source is one of the critical ways to achieve harmony in your room. Light has a lot of effects and significance in a room. It affects how an individual perceives the overall appearance of the room. The exact amount of light can make any room look appealing in contrast with dim lights. Focus lights or pin lights may also be used to feature artwork in a room. This can therefore be the focal point of the room. 

Proportion is shape

Repetition of shapes in the room can provide harmony. For instance, quadrilateral decorative items can be placed in different areas of the room for a more impressive room appearance. 

Texture proportion

Texture can make any interior look rich. Paint and the display of posters add texture to the walls. Posters and other artworks can create a captivating focal point. You can also add carpets or rugs to add texture to a room. 

Balance in the interior

Balance keeps everything in place. The absence of it may put everything in chaos. In interior decoration, balance refers to visual balance to make the room appear comfortable and appealing. 

Symmetrical balance

This can be achieved if the decorative items are repeated along a central axis. This offers a feeling of stability and calmness and can be achieved through the proper arrangement of furniture pieces.

Radial balance

This type of balance refers to anything round or circular. Decorative items that are properly distributed along the central axis are one example. For instance, the arrangement of chairs around the dining table is important to achieve the desired look in the room. 

Asymmetrical balance

This is the visual weight of the different objects placed in the room. The use of different elements with the same weight added on the opposing axis can give the said type of balance.