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Balance Line Basics

By Michelle Ecker on January 25, 2016

The New York Institute of Art and Design offer online interior design classes and because we do, we like to provide free tips for aspiring designers. Enjoy!

Balance Line Basics

Whether you’re styling wacky modernism or a classic traditional look, it’s important to maintain a sense of visual scale in your designs. To successfully coordinate this harmony, start by establishing an area’s balance lines.

To do so, take out a scale drawing of your finished floor plan, align it on your drawing board and etch a pair of lines that cut each wall in half to make a ‘t’ shape.

Balance Line Basics

These lines are the balance lines of the room, and they divide it into four equal-sized parts. We call each of these four areas a quadrant.

In order to maintain a visual equilibrium, simply make an effort to ensure that the “weight” of your furniture plan looks somewhat equal in each of the 4 quadrants. If you sketch the ‘t’ across your plan and see that the majority of your furniture is located in one quadrant alone, you may find your design looks off-kilter in real life.

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