When considering basic design theories, there is always an overarching theme of balance. Balance — in weight, color, texture or work — is key to a cohesive, cozy and satisfying space. Now we will tackle the fundamentals of balancing weight in a space. Join me as we all know a couple of beautiful rooms and get ideas for our houses.
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1. Scale. The easiest means to balance weight in a space would be to picture a simple scale. Envision the fulcrum in the middle with two platforms on each side. In this photo the window will be the fulcrum and the two pieces of artwork are on each scale platform. Notice that one piece of artwork is slightly smaller then another. Also observe the small flower arrangement in the bottom right corner of this window. Adding the flowers tips the scale marginally to the right, giving the smaller artwork more balancing and weight the space. Leave among those objects from this photo and the weight will be off balance.
2. Tone. When balancing the weight of a room, you need to take the color tones into account. Deeper, darker tones have significantly more weight than lighter, brighter tones and also the combo of the two must be in balance.
In this situation, imagine you are color blind and can just find the depth of color. Most of the colours in this area and light and bright, save the bouquet at the head of their mattress and the chair at the foot of the mattress. The deep tones balance each other so the scale (imagine the mattress is that the fulcrum…) is balanced and there isn’t too much weight on one end of their mattress or another.
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This is another simple case of reconciliation tones. This simplistic design is composed of glowing whites and deep, dark tones. The bench is a simple way to bring balance into the earthy hallway, also is reflective of the deep tone of this foreground flooring.
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3. Shed weight. So today you have the basic idea of balancing the weight evenly in a space. Let’s get a little more complex by taking a look at weight that is balanced asymmetrically. In this instance, the kitchen island is observable on the right by the two metal seats in a deep tone. The addition of a medium-toned dining table and light fixture, both situated off center to the left, balances the entire room.
Here’s a simpler example of the same idea. The circular sink and window, one to the left and another to the right, balancing each other’s weight.
4. Parallel weight. Hallways are typically long, narrow and straight and require a little weight to slow down the bowling-alley effect.
Within this hallway, a large collection of frames hang gallery design to balance the weight of this imposing bank of windows. The frames have been spread out long that the length of the hallway rather than a typical square configuration. This strengthens the line of this hallway and also keeps you walking but slows down the pace a bit.
Stepping back a measure in this exact same hallway, you’ll observe a framed chalkboard. This chalkboard again balances the weight of all those bright-colored frames. Imagine the scale fulcrum to be right in the center of the ground where the hallway exits to the left side. Do you find the deep tones balancing each other?
5. Architectural adjustments. The design of this home balances weight asymmetrically. Notice there are two bedrooms and two dormers on the right side of the house, instead of the one lower window and top dormer on the left side. To balance the weight of this right 2 dormers, a long, horizontol porch roof expands into the left, giving the house a balanced weight.
This fireplace has been placed asymmetrically on the hearth wall. Even though a pleasing and interesting architectural feature, the weight of the fireplace has to be balanced. A sectional in the deep tones of the fireplace surround, situated slightly to the left, balances the feature flawlessly.
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