When it comes to interior design, balance is something that appears as a necessity, as a basic principle that is always respected. The importance of achieving balance is practically understood by everyone. It is not vital just in interior design. It is vital in everything in life. Since we normally want a balance in life, it should come as no surprise to learn that interior design is also highly connected to balance.
If the interior space is not balanced, it appears uncomfortable. There are few situations when this is what you want to achieve but in most cases, visual balance is a necessity. You achieve the balance by distributing visual object weight in a space in a way that creates equilibrium. An element’s texture, shape, size and color will have an impact on this visual weight.
You achieve symmetrical balance when items are mirrored or repeated along central room axis. We normally se such balance in our bodies and in nature. This is what interior design symmetry usually refers to. It will offer dignity, calmness and stability. The only problem is that such interior designs can easily seem to be dull, unimaginative and static. You can achieve symmetrical balance through furniture, millwork and fixture arrangement, patterns and color applications.
This is highly connected to the above mentioned principle of visual weight. Instead of repeating items, we use different elements that have the same perceived visual weight so that balance is achieved on opposing axis. The complex shapes will normally feel heavier than those that are simple. The asymmetrical interior will feel much more dynamic and rigidness is lower. This is a balance form that is quite difficult to achieve. It is recommended to work with a professional designer to get that.
Radial balance stands out as being almost circular, with item distributed arrangement based on one central point, not on an axis. The best example to describe such balance is a table that is surrounded by chairs. The radial balance is usually used by the designer in order to put focus on a central item.
The interior designers will often do all that they can in order to create a balance in design. We can create that through the three methods highlighted above but in most situations it is important to consider working with a professional since balance is often misunderstood by people.