Back To Basics – Balance


Balance is the next Principle of Design we will look at.  Balance is the state of visual equilibrium.  Balance can be radial, symmetrical or asymmetrical.

Radial Balance

A good example of radial is dining chairs equally spaced around a dining room table as seen below.


Look at the radial balance of the veneer pattern on this table by Century Furniture.  We’d love to put this table in your dining room for you.

Chin Hua Veneer

The seating arrangement below is another good example of radial balance  What a perfect place to sit and enjoy the company of your friends and family.

Round ottoman

Symmetrical Balance

Symmetrical Balance is visually identical – one side is the mirror image of the other.  People often gravitate to symmetrical balance, perhaps because our bodies are symmetrical.  It fits within our comfort zone.

A beautiful example found in nature is the butterfly.


In this LR the chaises and drapery panels are balanced perfectly on either side of the chest.

CEF Orange LR

This room is very symmetrical, creating a real sense of cohesion.

Symmetrical Room

This is a great way to display a collection of prints.


Asymmetrical Balance

Asymmetrical Balance is considered less formal than symmetrical balance.  It is achieved by placing different objects of similar scale in such a way that their visual weight balance each other out.

Asymmetrical V


Sometimes you’ll see smaller objects grouped together to balance out one larger object as in the examples below. Notice how the larger picture is also positioned partially on the white and coral wall, giving the three smaller pictures, all on the coral wall more visual weight.

Asymmetrical III

Asymmetrical VII

The weight of the architectural  finial on the left balances out the mirror and candle holders  on the right.

Asymmetrical IV

The height and color single potted plant balances the two pots on the left.

Asymmetrical VIII


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