Master the Balancing Act for Rooms

Whether you are skinny as a rail or pleasantly on the thicker side, then you have to dress for your size. It is the same with dressing your spaces. You are limited only by equilibrium. You can choose to go thick and heavy with your showcase piece, but you need to balance it with furniture. When the weight is balanced, you have to counterbalance using something that’s a tiny light.

Or you can choose skinny, light pieces and balance them using milder trim and art, but make certain that you ground the space using a tiny weight.

Balancing a space is tricky business, but it could be learned with practice. Take a peek at some cushioned spaces and learn the way the equilibrium functions.

Cynthia Mason Interiors

The more weight an item has, the more you have to perform to get the balance right. The blue ottoman and office chair in this room would be the stars of the show — they have a bit of weight to them due to their solid shape and deep colour. The dark background in the background balances the weight of the foreground.

Of course, with that weight, something has to give or it’ll feel like a medieval cave. Whites, ivories and creams lighten up the space. Medium-size furniture legs, lamp bases and drapes ease up things a bit.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

The bed in this room is thick in color and in shape, so it ought to be balanced by large-scale, wide-panel displays so the room does not feel bottom heavy. The light tones on the carpeting, bed and screen modernize the room and balance the weight of the deeper-tone pieces.

GraysonHarris Interiors + Design, LLC

This is an interesting space that balances weight well. The space is small for a dresser, a chair, a side table, a lamp, a window and art — but it’s all perfectly balanced.

Why? The chair is lanky but nevertheless has some weight to it, thanks to the skirting. In the event the chair had open legs, the dresser would look too thick. Also notice how the chair shape echoes the tall, slim weight of the window. All that weight is counterbalanced by spindly legs on the side table, the sculpture and the lamp base.

dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

In this expansive area, the walls are thick and the moldings are big, so the seating had to follow suit. A tiny little seat with open legs could get lost within this foyer, however a built-in seat is perfect.

All that light and all that white and also people skinny little spindles on the grand staircase counterbalance the good feel of the remainder of the space.


A lavish round bathing bath is quite heavy visually. Instead of dinky small skylights, a bold circular skylight above the tub balances the space. The glass shower and also the lighter-tone substances counterbalance both.

When you choose a weighty showcase item similar to this light fixture, then be sure to balance the space with chunky, weighty furniture. Pick lighter, brighter tones for that chunky furniture to keep the space from looking too thick.

Rachel Reider Interiors

This space could easily have become weighed down and unbearably heavy. The heavy, dark tones of the timber are thick, the profound tone on the wall is thick, and everything has some weight to it. This weight is balanced by the milder leg around the dining room seats, and that profound colour is balanced with milder trim and carpeting.


In the event you choose slim bar stools, equilibrium their lanky profile using thin cabinet hardware, then a background print and striation on the wood paneling.
Whether you choose thick or thin, weighty or light — balance is key. Start with your showcase piece and balance its own weight. Then come in and counter with the contrary weight to create a well-balanced space.

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