Design Lessons: How To Spot and Correct an Off-Balance Room

Balancing a room can be a complicated matter when it comes to interior design. Some people prefer symmetrical spaces, while others are bored to death by them. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you must admit that a balanced space — in terms of pattern, layout, and color— must be visually appealing. However, knowing how to reach this point encompasses a great deal of trial and error or the help of a trained professional.
If you are concerned about a layout being balanced, sometimes taking a photo can help. In doing so, you must take a critical look at the size, visual weight, color, and texture of the furniture as well as the accessories. The trick is to keep the eye moving, so it doesn’t simply rest in one dominant place, vertically or horizontally.
It is important for you to have awareness of too many legs in a room, especially in the dining room. You must also be sure to have chairs, possibly with skirts or a cabinet, that go to the floor in order to ground the space.
It is also extremely important that you balance a room with various lighting options. Using overhead lighting exclusively can make a room feel like it is collapsing inward. Additionally, lights that are too bright can make a room feel sterile. There is also the use of either warm or cool light bulbs to consider… it all depends on the use of the room.
A commonly overlooked technique is the use of dark colors and large scale prints in a small room such as a powder room. The use of darker colors and large prints can make a room feel warm and cozy. This is something to consider when you are redesigning a living or family room.

In terms of interior design, bringing balance to a room can be very complicated. A space that is balanced must be visually appealing in color, layout, and pattern. Employing a professional interior designer will make reaching this point all the more possible for you.