How To Achieve Balance In Interior Design

Balance is the idea that when you walk into a room everything feels like it has a place-it’s a visual calmness. An unbalanced room can feel uncomfortable, unfinished, or unwelcoming. Understanding how to achieve balance will completely elevate your home.

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Balance is a principle of design that means the distribution of the visual weight of objects. It involves space, light and structure, such as the placement of windows and doors, ceiling heights in relation to the floor space, a view or lack of a view. It is also influenced by how all the other elements such as color, shape, proportion, rhythm, repetition and texture are used, with the ultimate goal of achieving balance and harmony.There are two ways to achieve balance: symmetry and asymmetry.

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Symmetry is the idea of having a mirror image. Symmetry supports the larger idea of balance within a space. It provides the feeling of formality and elegance. It can be achieved through repetition, pattern, arrangement of furniture, fixtures and millwork, or through the application of color. This type of balance often gives a very formal feeling! It’s great for a formal living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms etc…

Here are some examples of how to achieve symmetry.


Finding balance with asymmetry is a little more difficult, but can be so stunning. Rather than repeating the same item within a space to achieve balance, we use different elements with a similar “weight” to balance the opposing axis. Try using complex shapes that visually feel heavier to find balance. Asymmetrical designs often feel more dynamic and less rigid. Using a variety of objects and forms can bring your design to life and add interest.

Here are some examples of how to achieve asymmetry.

We hope you found this blog post helpful! Leave a comment below with your thoughts about balance! If you try either of these types of balance share on social media using #HouseWestBalancedHome