Balance

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.

Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy

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.

Photo Credit: genuinestyle.net

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

Photo Credit: interi0r.com

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

Photo Credit: arhzine.com

 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.

Photo Credit: mspmag.com

 

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!

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Quotes To Design By

October 14, 2009

“Rules can be broken- but never ignored.”

-David Jury

 

Color & Texture in a Bedroom

Color & Texture in a Bedroom

 

Balanced Open Plan Living Room/Kitchen

Balanced Open Plan Living Room/Kitchen

 

Harmony & Proportion in a Bathroom

Harmony & Proportion in a Bathroom

Quotes To Design By

October 7, 2009

“The details are not the details. They make the design.”

-Charles Eames

 

Doug Meyer's Living Room

Doug Meyer's Living Room

 

Richard Hutten Design for Royal VKB

Richard Hutten Design for Royal VKB

 

Living Room Detail from Living Etc.

Living Room Detail from Living Etc.

 

 

Quotes To Design By

September 2, 2009

“Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.”

-Louis Kahn

Home of Anna Sui

Home of Anna Sui

 

Housetohome.co.uk

Housetohome.co.uk

 

Park Hyatt Hotel, Washington D.C.

Park Hyatt Hotel, Washington D.C.

 

Quotes To Design By

August 26, 2009

“Design must seduce, shape, and perhaps more importantly, evoke an emotional response”

-April Greiman

 

Dayton Residence, Dwell

Dayton Residence, Dwell

 

Bedroom, Apartment Therapy

Bedroom, Apartment Therapy

 

Oherlihy Residence, Dwell

Oherlihy Residence, Dwell

Quotes To Design By

August 19, 2009

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

-Antoine De Saint- Exupery

 

Barn-Style Living Room, Living Etc.

Barn-Style Living Room, Living Etc.

 

Sleek Kitchen, Living Etc.

Sleek Kitchen, Living Etc.

 

Shoot Spaces

Shoot Spaces

Photos above from Living Etc. and  Shootspaces

 

My Second Model

August 14, 2009

These are some pictures from my second model. It was in the same complex as the first that I posted last week.

Living Room

Living Room

 

This is the living room. I covered the fireplace in an Eldorado Stone. The floors are stained concrete.

Dining Area

Dining Area

 

This is the dining area. In order to create balance in the room, I hung pictures on the dining area wall and living room wall and in order to help divide the two spaces, I placed a console table between them.

Kitchen

Kitchen

 

This was a decent sized kitchen, so to help break it up, I created a breakfast area with the bar height table and stools.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

 

This is the Master Bedroom. To the left is the Master Bathroom and to the right is the walk in closet. There is also a small balcony off the bedroom.