How To / Achieve Balance with Your Interior Design
Balance is important in interior design because it makes design simple and pleasant, while providing functionality and sometimes, creating extra interest. In interior design, balance is either symmetrical, asymmetrical, or radial.
Symmetrical balance (pictured) is the more formal of the three methods. A symmetrically balanced space will focus on a central point, with the placement of furniture and items exactly the same on either side of that point. For example, a living space may focus on a piece of art, with two chairs on either side. Or, you would find symmetrical balance in the bedroom with nightstands, lamps, and art flanking the bed. This type of balance is orderly and refined.
Sometimes, the formality and restraint of symmetry can be boring, so asymmetrical arrangement offers a fresh, more fun approach to achieve balance with your interior design. When effectively done, asymmetrical design keeps some elements of symmetry, while playing with the visual weight of the objects and furniture you’re incorporating. This can be achieved by either placing different objects/furniture at different distances from a focal point, or setting an imagined focal point and placing items (of comparable visual weight) at an equal distance away from it. An example of the first approach to asymmetrical balance is to decorate your mantle with accent items placed off to one side, and placing a piece of furniture on the opposite side of the fireplace. Achieve the second approach by setting an imaginary focal point in your living room, with the sofa on one side and two large chairs on the other. It’s trickier to achieve successful balance using the asymmetrical approach, since you have to do more hunting to find the right objects, but it definitely makes your interior design more interesting and unique!
Radial balance is totally different, since it is based on a circular approach instead of a rectangle. It may be simpler to understand the concept of radial balance as it compares with the other two by considering a point on the floor as the central point for the design, versus a point on the wall. Radial balance is all about the gathering space. A dining room with a round table and circular light fixture, a curved sofa with accent furniture that has round elements — both of these are examples of radial balance in a room’s design.
What’s your preferred way to achieve balance with your interior design?