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Continuing on yesterday’s vein, let’s talk today about balance.


Balance, scale and proportion all work together to create a unified whole.

When you get these three right you have a space that is inviting.

welcome over screen porch door

from daily cup of couture

From the outside in, balance sets the tone. It doesn’t always have to be set by symmetry but it is easiest to see this way.

Here, balance is achieved through the repetition of shapes.

beautiful architectural windows and doorway

Here, we see it in the placement of windows and lamps:

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Color can also be used


kelly moore

As can pattern:

notice how the repetition of the brown in the rug and sofa tie back to the brown in the painting and then the pop of citron pillows is just  enough off to pull that color to the other side of the room without “matching” the painting.

Design Blahg


Here the orange chair balances a strong painting.

Elle Decor

elle decor

Again, the blue chairs pull that color across the room.


We see balance in nature all the time.


Queen Red Lime zinnia are these for real???

And what about this  guy, can you imagine him with a random assortment of tail feathers. LOL

White peacock

Textures also have to be balanced so be sure you have pleasing proportions of rough to smooth.

It’s not as easy as it looks is it?

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Yesterday I shared with you my nail-biting about trying to make sure things were balancing with the new project.

To help you understand what I mean I thought I would share examples as I run across them

of  both the good and the bad.

It’s all about training the eye.

This chandelier looks as though it is crushing the table. It is way too big for this space and would make anyone sitting at the table quite uncomfortable.


This one is both physically and visually too small. A darker color would help but the room needs more weight.

This one is perfect.

 Can you sense your body relaxing when you look at this photo? Even if you don’t like the style you have to recognize the thought and care that went into the design.

Every color used has the same undertone so nothing jumps out at you. The light wood of the table echos that of the ceiling.  The symmetrically placed antiqued mirrors bring extra light into an otherwise fairly dark room while at the same time becoming an added layer/texture. The drapery fabric and rug introduce a lighter color balancing the dark and finally the use of two lanterns in a black finish perfectly fill the space above the table and repeat the color and material used to frame the mirrors.

This is a successful room.

Begin to analyze rooms or pictures of rooms in this way and you will soon start to understand why you are drawn to some and not to others.

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I have been fretting and stewing and clapping and dancing a jig then fretting and stewing and…..

well, you get the picture,  all over finding the perfect starting point for the new Watercolor house.

You think you have it and then like a wave upon the sand it slips away from you.

Design, it sounds like it’s so simple but it’s really very complex-if it’s good that is.

The balance has to be right.

The proportions have to be right.

The undertones of the different colors must match on the value scale or it’s all wrong.

Ahhhh, but when you finally get it right it is pure bliss.

I’m getting there.

Stay tuned.

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