Balance in home design is foundational.

Achieving Balance in Your Home Design

Design is a key component in any project or space, and achieving balance is essential to the success of the overall design. Balance is the visual weight of elements that are distributed evenly on both sides of the design to create harmony and completeness. When designing, it is important to understand the basics of balancing the composition both vertically, horizontally, diagonally, and between the background and foreground. In this blog post, we will explore some tips on how to achieve balance in your design.

What is Balance?

Harmony and completeness in your home are created by an equal distribution of elements, or even the distribution of negative space. All home design requires an understanding of composition balance vertically, horizontally, diagonally, and between foreground and background. This can be displayed in the structural elements of your home, or as a thoughtful addition to the interior home design. The more balance achieved in your home design, the more visual weight is applied to an off-set item, creating a sense of drama to the room.

Types of Balance

When it comes to building your home, there are four main types of balance you should consider: symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial, and crystallographic.

Symmetrical balance is achieved when equal visual elements are placed evenly around a space, such as when elements such as windows are arranged in a mirrored fashion on either side of the room. It’s a timeless approach that can give your home a classic look. In home design, this could apply to the placement of your furniture.

Asymmetrical balance is achieved when different visual elements are placed in a balanced composition. This type can be very appealing, as it creates interest and depth in the design.

Radial balance occurs when elements radiate outward from a central point, such as furniture pieces that fan out around a fireplace or chandelier. This is often used to create a sense of grandeur and drama in a space.

This flooring is an example of crystallographic balance

(The home design, seen in the image above, can be viewed here.)

Crystallographic balance involves repeating elements of similar shapes and sizes in a pattern across the space. It’s often used in flooring (as seen above) and wall design to create interesting visuals that draw the eye. All four types are used in architecture and home building to create visually appealing designs.

For example, symmetrical balance is used to give a space a classic and timeless look, while asymmetrical can be used to create interest and depth. Radial balance is often used to create a sense of grandeur and drama, while crystallographic  is used to create interesting visuals and patterns. No matter which type is used, it’s important to think about how the elements of your home design will interact with each other to create a balanced and pleasing look.

Contrast between elements keep them from blending together too much and create an overly busy look. Additionally, it’s essential to keep scale in mind; large pieces need smaller counterparts to help them stand out without being overpowering. With the right combination of elements, you can ensure that they’ll all contribute to achieving an overall balance in the room. Finally, pay attention to the details; subtle touches like adding textures, layering fabrics, and using an accent color can enhance the overall feeling. With these tips in mind, you’re sure to achieve perfection in your home design.

Achieving balance in your design improves mental health

Creating proportional is an important principle of home design that is not only provides a satisfying composition in a home, but works to create a sense of order, relaxation and peace within a home environment. Balance in your home and maintaining a bright, open balanced space have been shown to reduce stress and depression. While making the connection between home design and emotional stability is not new, recent studies have fortified the validity of these claims.

Balance is one of the most effective design strategies for making a home more calming and peaceful. Focusing on all of these components will ensure that you create a space with a beautiful aesthetic that will evoke peace, tranquility, and relaxation.

We all want a safe, well-designed space that makes us feel protected and at ease. Whether you’re interested in building a new home or redesigning your current home,  thoughtful consideration of balance can have a large influence in your mood. And when you’re ready for professional remodeling and design assistance, call Bossage homes at 323-289-2897 or contact us here for help creating a home that makes you happy.