How to create balance in a room

How to create balance in a room

Creating balance in a room is one of the hardest things about interior decorating. By "balance" we mean finding the happy medium between creativity and cohesion in a space. Even professionals who’ve been in the industry for years can sometimes struggle with creating balance when decorating a room. Here are five tips that can help you to create balance in a room when you decorate it.


Color is always a great place to start when decorating. When something about a room just looks bland, the problem is often color. If the color scheme in a room is neutral, there needs to be some color to bring out different elements in the space. In the kitchen, the answer might be a bright colored KitchenAid mixer or some new towels. In a living room or entertainment roof, some bright throw pillows may give you the look you’re going for. Experiment with layering different colors to get the perfect look.


A mistake many homeowners make when decorating a space is to follow too closely a single design theme or principle. While there’s something to be said for uniformity, it’s contrast that makes a space look visually interesting. If a room is bland, it may be because it’s lacking some kind of contrast. There are all sorts of ways to create contrast in a room. Color, texture, shape, and patterns are just a few of them. You can experiment with black against white or white against black or geometric patterns against solid patterns, or rough textures against smooth. Play around with contrast and you’ll be surprised at the results you can achieve.


Accessories go a long way in breaking up wide-open surfaces. The accessories are the finishing touches that complete the look of a room. Accessories are often the tools you need in the previous steps to create color and contrast in a space. Try to create variety by choosing accessories in metal, ceramic, wood, and other materials. Try to choose accessories that will make the space look interesting. You can visit local thrift stores to make some amazing finds at very little cost.

Create negative space

Another common interior decorating mistake is thinking that every space needs to be filled with something. In reality, empty space is yet another principle of contrast and it will make the things that you do have in a space stand out. If a room is too cluttered, nothing can stand out. So make sure your furniture has room to breathe and resist the urge to put something in every open space.

Edit your ideas

Finally, remember that it’s okay to go back and make changes. Editing is a part of interior decorating. If you try one look and you’re just not able to pull it off, you can go back to the drawing board. Maybe a piece of furniture that’s always been in one room needs to be moved somewhere else. Occasionally switch things up and never feel constrained that once you’ve decorated a room you can’t change anything.

Source: Architectural Digest

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