HOW TO FIX AN OFF-BALANCE ROOM
Sometimes a room feels wonky, but you can’t figure out what is wrong. Everything in the room is lovely on it’s own, but when it’s all together, it just feels off. Sometimes the problem is an off-balance room.
Let’s talk about how to spot this problem and how to fix it.
We talked how to spot and fix an off-balance room in episode 80 of our podcast. Check it out below.
HOW TO SPOT AND FIX AN OFF-BALANCE ROOM.
Often an off-balance room has too much furniture on one side of the room versus the other side. Sometimes the issue is that all of the tall furniture is on one side and the short furniture is on the other side. Sometimes the color is unevenly distributed.
Today we’ll deal with wall art and the heights on one end of my bedroom. Here you can see the door on the right is taller than the lamp on the left. It’s not a big deal so I ignored it. But it began to bother me after awhile. The door is from my armoire. I removed it when I converted a mirrored door to a glass door. You can see the armoire HERE. Since it is a one-of-a-kind item, I can’t just order another door for the other side of the settee.
The lamp is not only shorter than the door on the right, but it is dark, and everything else is light. So I tried switching out the dark lamp and lampshade for this Florentine table and vintage Italian lamp below. Now it’s getting better. The two tables are not the same, one is a set of stacking tables and the other is just one table, but they now add about the same amount of weight to the room. The lamp is also gold so it seems to work better than the blue lamp. Another option would have been to keep the blue floor lamp and change out the dark lampshade for something white. The lamp is still shorter than the door on the right.
So here’s what I did. I found this lamp on a deep discount. It’s Aidan Gray. The color of the lamp mimics the color the candle scone on the right side. The creamy lampshade is similar in tone to the door on the right. Now I just needed something white above the lamp so it was about the same height as the door on right. I pulled this medallion from another room.
I would say the room is now balanced. Note that had I used matching tables and lamps on both sides, the room would have been balanced without doing anything else. If you have symmetry, you have balance. When using different tables like we did in this room, obtaining balance takes more work, but it can be done.
Here’s a close-up of the medallion.
And you can see the detail on the lamp below.
So balance has to do with height, weight, and color. You don’t have to go matchy-matchy to acheive balance. Simply go for similar heights, colors, and widths.
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