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HGTVR Design Tips – Balance

Tybee Vacation Rentals has an awesome in house Design Services team that makes our vacation homes look amazing. They can transform any home into a vacation renters dream getaway! Here are some home design tips from our pros!

Principles of Design

When you understand the basic interior design principles you can transform any space to look fabulous. You know what it feels like when you walk into a well-designed room. You can sense how everything feels cohesive and put together. It feels just right. Understanding the fundamental interior design principles can help you create a beautiful space.

The Basics

First things first: when creating a well designed room, there are 5 basic principles of design to consider: Balance, Repetition, Emphasis, Proportion and Scale. Knowing how to incorporate one or all of these design elements into your space will enhance the final look of your design. During this HGTVR series, we will explain all five of these principles so you too can become a design pro! Stay up to date with our HGTVR series by joining our email list!

Let’s Learn – Balance

Balance in any design is important. Balance is the idea that when you walk into a room, everything has its place–it’s the visual calmness in a room. Balance can also be described as the equal distribution of visual weight in a room.  

3 Types of Balance

Symmetrical balance refers to items repeated or mirrored along a central axis. For example, two matching side tables partnered with the same table lamps, flanking either side of a sofa is a familiar type of symmetrical balance. This type of balance is reflected in nature and in our own bodies, so we are innately comforted by this type of symmetry. 

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Asymmetrical balance is achieved when dissimilar objects have equal visual weight or eye-appeal. This type of balance suggests movement and spaces of this type tend to feel more dynamic. Lines, colors, forms and textures are balanced in a space without duplication. For example, when you see a sofa with a floor lamp on one side, while the other side hosts a side table with a table lamp – this is an example of asymmetrical balance.

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Radial Balance is almost circular with items arranged around a central point, extending either inward or outward.  Think of a circular light fixture or chairs centered around a table – these are examples of radial balance. If you want to create focus on a central item, using radial balance to draw attention inward is a great way to achieve this.

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If a room has too much symmetry, it can feel very flat and predictable. If you find that everything in a room has a pair, shake things up by introducing a different color or pattern to a pair. Rearranging your furniture is another way to break up symmetry.

On the other end of the spectrum, too much asymmetry can make a room feel unsettled or chaotic. While it can be tough to identify, try to look for areas that feel messy, and bring a sense of balance to them by creating some sort of mirrored-effect.

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