"The basic rules ofproportion and scale are unchanging. They are reinterpreted according to theneeds of the time. I like simplicity and I believe in restraint. Above all,there should be harmony-of proportion, line, color, and feeling. The mostimportant element in designing is the relationship between objects- in size,form, texture, color, and meaning. None of these is in good taste in itself butonly in relationship to where it has been placed and what purpose it is toserve."
-Eleanor McMillen Brown
Designinga room is about finding a comfortable balance between the different elementsand the furnishings in the space.
The relationship of items to one another to form a pleasingwhole is termed balance. There are two forms of balance — symmetricaland asymmetrical.
Bilateralsymmetry is like the human body: there are two of everything. Asymmetry refersto an imbalance, such as two candles of slightly different sizes next to eachother. Symmetry is very restful, while asymmetry is used to add visual motionand excitement
A perfect balance is when a room is both visually calm and exciting.
|Sometimes a neutral room needs a pop for excitement|
|Contrast of neutrals and textures can create excitement.|
|The varied heights of the built ins create excitement, as well as the wood panels.|
|A white kitchen with beams and a slate floor creates excitement, yet a perfect balance.|
|Neutrals and texture are well balanced in this dining room.|
|Color adds balance to this all white dining room.|
|The hallway is in perfect balance to the living room.|
|This bedroom is in balance, both symmetrical and asymmetrical furnishings.|
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