Most of you know that I’m obsessed with home decorating. OBSESSED. The way someone decorates their home tells me so much about them. What colors they like, what their main focus is (i.e. most living rooms have the tv as the focus, meaning they like watching tv together in the evenings, while some living rooms don’t have a tv at all), and what stage of life they are in. You would know immediately if you were in a college apartment versus a young family’s house. And it’s fascinating to me.
It’s also clear to me that it takes several years to establish a decor balance within the home. What is decor balance, you may ask? I see it as a way of arranging the furniture, trinkets, and art in a way that feels comfortable and is complimentary to the other pieces and to the room’s structure. Rooms come in all shapes and sizes, as does furniture, and every person would arrange a room differently. But most would still try to balance the room in some way, whether consciously or subconsciously. For instance, most people wouldn’t push all major furniture to one side of the room and leave the other side bare, unless they needed an open studio or dance space. A normal living space should be balanced in its dispersion and give the occupants a pleasant path to travel through.
We are going to look at some examples that I absolutely adore from each major part of the typical house and discuss how to balance every room. Are you as pumped about looking through home decor as I am?
Entry Way / Foyer
photo : the-citizenry.com
First off, balance doesn’t always mean equal in the traditional sense. I like a little asymmetrical balance to keep things interesting, like this basket and table items that sit on opposite sides from each other.
I love the balance on each piece here in this foyer. The chairs with their pillows are balanced, and the hooks and shelf are styled to be balanced.
photo : sarahshermansamuel.com
Balancing structural features in your home can be difficult. But I love how they positioned the entry table and mirror to balance out the door.
photo : apartmenttherapy.com
Little nooks like this are my favorite. They’ve positioned the furniture so that it shows off the windows as well as the open arch doorway. Great use of plants as well.
photo : mydomaine.com
Fireplace decor is always a fun way to balance out your living room. This person even balanced what was on their ottoman, but be careful that things don’t start to look cookie cutter in your house.
photo : elementsofstyleblog.com
Again, balancing out structural details like these fantastic windows is always a fun challenge. I like that they used the arm chairs and tables to continue the symmetry, but then they also balanced the fireplace and logs with an extra long couch.
photo : @sfgirlbybay
So much to love about this living room! The prints are balanced, the arm chairs balance the leather chair and plant, and the lamp and tall plants balance out either side of the couch.
photo : beckiowens.com
Can this be my house? From the windows and arches complimenting each other, to the beautiful bookcases framing the window. I love it all!
I love when people choose to balance dining room chairs with a bench. Such a fun detail and great way to make your dining room more individual.
photo : vosgesparis.com
Love the idea of showing off your dishes in an exposed bookcase. This is done beautifully here, with the table and art piece right in the center.
photo : thedesignfiles.net
Balance a kitchen like this can be hard because all of the cabinets and appliances are on one side. But I love that they went the exposed shelf route and added some plants to keep things fresh.
photo : elledecorations.se
Adore this little shelf set up! The hooks make it fun to mix and match the items that are hanging, and I love that they have styled little dishes to balance out the placement of the hooks underneath.
photo : wearethebrauns.com
Balancing dishes can be the easiest way to balance a kitchen. Their placement can easily provide complimentary height and structure. Notice the black bowls and the planter on the top row are about the same height, and the glasses on either side of the bowl on the middle row mimic each other, and lastly the small planter and the copper mugs on the bottom shelf are very similar in color.
photo : desiretoinspire.net
I love that the bath tub in this photo is perfectly in the center. Such a cool piece and definitely warrants being the center of attention in this bathroom. The shower also balances the open window across from it, perfectly framing the tub.
photo : @miss_moss
Two vanities make it easy to balance a bathroom. Love the matching soaps and hand towels all rolled up.
photo : stylemepretty.com
I love the tile and rug balance in this bathroom. Also, the subtle asymmetrical balance of the mirror and cabinets with the towels and bench is perfection.
photo : potterybarn.com
Again, matching vanities. Complete with large bowls to hold towels, cute little sponge bowls on top, and matching soap dispensers. The window and plant combination is perfect to break up the center.
photo : brit.co
Most desks tend to be balanced, but what you put on them should be as well. The lamp balances out the monitor in this photo, leaving the smaller pieces to fall wherever they want.
photo : potterybarn.com
Again, love the use of bookcases. This office is my dream. Centered desk with large balance bookcases framing a large window with a great view (complete with cute dog companion).
This is a little different, as the space around the office is what is balanced. Her desk placement is balanced by the bookcases and the array of plants are positioned in a way that they help frame the little loft.
photo : aufeminin.com
I find hanging things in a kids room keeps things playful and interesting. Love that the canapy is balanced by the decorative hangings above her desk.
photo : houseofturquoise.com
Why not get some vertical balance going with some bunk beds! The style is perfectly matched and the top one even mimics the drawers from the lower bed.
photo : stylecurator.com.au
This one is a little different because the crib and dresser only balance each because the items that are displayed on the dresser match the cribs height. But I like the balance of wall art above each piece of furniture, with the play area in the floor being the main focus.
photo : myscandinavianhome.com
Balancing a closet can be gorgeous, especially when you are organizing two people’s clothes. I love the way this “his and hers” closet is styled, right down to the matching shoe placement.
photo : lefashion.com
When the structures in your closet don’t balance, like the dresser off to the right side, balance them with your clothing items, the way they have their longer items off to the left. They also balanced the color coordination in this closet, putting lighter colors in the center framed by black.
photo : livethemma.ikea.se
In smaller closets, balancing hanging items with folded ones is a must. Such a cute way to show off your best pieces!
photo : shoes-off-please.com
Bedrooms tend to be pretty balanced for the most part, with most people having a side table on either side and positioning the bed between windows if there is more than one. But I love the furniture at the foot of this bed that keeps that balance.
photo : detailcollective.com
This bed is framed nicely, again between the windows. But the baskets add a fun element that I haven’t seen before.
photo : interiors-designed.com
Usually when there is a fireplace in the bedroom, the bed should balance out the room by being on the opposing side. I like that they took this one step further and continued to balance the window as well with the couch and chandelier.
After all that, I think I’m ready to revamp my house again. What is it about rearranging that makes everything feel so new and fresh? Mike and I are still figuring out how to balance our little home, and once we are totally settled I will for sure post some photos!
Do you look for balance when decorating your own home?