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Live in Harmony: 3 Types of Balance in Design

Ever wondered why some rooms make you anxious and uncomfortable and many others give you an instantaneous feeling of calm and control? The important thing is finding the right balance. Balance is a very important design principle that will make a room inviting and harmonious.

You will find three distinct kinds of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial. Each provides a different appearance, but all give the same satisfying, welcoming atmosphere.


With symmetrical balance, objects are replicated or mirrored along a principal axis. This sitting area is a masterful example of symmetrical balance, as every significant piece — in the inviting sofas to the unusual table lamps — aligns along either side of the line to make a harmonious space.

Norelco Cabinets Ltd

Even though it’s primarily a practical area, a toilet works its finest when it’s beautiful as well as functional. In this symmetrical layout, custom his-and-her vanities on either side of the central bathtub divide the space. The dark wood pops superbly against the neutral bathtub and tiles.

Terrat Elms Interior Design

This balanced, symmetrical custom cabinetry permits the tufted head of the bed to function as the focal point within this bedroom, because it functions as the cabinetry’s centre axis. Objects replicated on the shelving bring an extra calmness.

Paul Davis Architects


Asymmetrical balance makes for a more relaxed and more lively interior area. This balance scheme employs a fundamental line but relies more on the eye’s sense of balance to finish the design. Rather than having indistinguishable objects on either side of the axis, asymmetrically balanced spaces have various objects of equal visual weight on either side of the line.

Inside this living room, the left side of the fireplace serves as the central line. The height and weight of the couch and cushions on the ideal balance the games on the left. The elevation of the fireplace surround also balances from the tall bookshelves.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Hall tables are perfect places to experimentation with directional balance. Much like symmetrical designs, an imaginary centerline in the dining table can help with object placement.

Gary Hutton Design


You see radial balance less frequently in conventional houses; around rooms are hard to link to other spaces. But the result could be magnificent. The fundamental elements of a radially living room — such as the table and light fixture within this dining room is now the instant focal points. The seats, sculpture and print all radiate out from this central point.

Tara Bussema – Neat Organization and Design

This round staircase creates a sense of grandeur and focus. The hall table embraces the radial balance of the space, and the round planter attracts the eye. The dark color of the table is an eye-pleasing connection to the black metal railing.

D-CRAIN Design and Construction

You are able to use radial symmetry in the landscape not just to make a focal point, but also as a practical approach to style. This swimming pool is offset into a round retaining wall; the round stepping stone show folks the way to the pool and include balance and equilibrium.

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