October 19, 2010

I’m so excited to be back! I know I haven’t written in a while and I have missed it so! So let’s get started again!

I have been thinking a lot about balance lately. Balance in my personal life and balance in design. Since I am still juggling to find the most ideal balance in my personal life, let’s talk about balance in the world of design.

One of the core principles of design involves creating a space that is balanced harmoniously. There are two major types of balance: Symmetrical Balance and Asymmetrical Balance.

 Let’s talk about Symmetrical Balance first. Imagine a vertical plane. Divide that plane in half. To achieve symmetrical balance both sides of that vertical plane would be identical.

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This type of balance is generally used in formal, traditional spaces through the use of identical objects, ie: matching mirrors, as seen in the photo above.

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Yet, as is evident in the photo below. Symmetrical balance can be achieved just as harmoniously in a modern, playful space. 

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The other main type of balance is Asymmetrical Balance. Asymmetrical balance is created by achieving symmetry with the visual weight of the objects.

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 In general when working with asymmetrical balance, the objects are not identical but they hold the same weight in the space, ie: an oversized piece of artwork opposing a modern sculpture.

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Balance in a space can act as the foundation to an incredibly visually stimulating room. So, start with this foundation and editorially add details to make it your own!

One Response to “Balance”

  1. Great post Megan! It’s so true about balance in a room and the importance of this basic concept. It can totally make or break the look and feel of a space if not done correctly. Thank you for showing us the difference.


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