More Top Tips for Balance in Design -Balancing Act II

Back by Popular Demand! The number one requested TOPIC for Chatti Patti Talks Design is "Balance in Design", so here is Balancing Act: Part II

Interior Design is a Balancing Act. A balancing act of form (shape), function, color, proportion, scale, light, shadow, texture, pattern, accessories, upholstery, case goods, rugs, art, focal points, space, lines and rest for the eye. That in itself should let you know that it can be a daunting task to adequately and correctly design a space that creates a sense of calm, vibrancy, Feng Shui, an acquired and collected look, good traffic flow, etc. As you study the images below, I will point out the elements of each space that create good balance in the overall design or specific features of that room.

Beautful Kitchen

This photo demonstrates a good design with the principle of balance throughout. I used this same image in my post on Focal Points and detailed how there were multiple focal points in this space. It is an extremely large and strong space, thus elements used here must be proportionately of sufficient scale. The very tall ceilings are accented with wooden beams which at the same time bring the eye down.
The large alcove where the range is located has a facade that goes to the ceiling giving this horizontal space a vertical element at the same time.
Arches over the range and window are repeated on the underside of the wooden ceiling beams. Two very large chandeliers which one would think the correct use would be a foyer or dining room fit perfectly above this oversized island. Great design here.

trad home great room

Here is a wonderful example of a well-balanced Great Room. When I refer to a Great Room, it usually will be referring to a two-story family gathering room. Notice that the drapery panels are the full two-story to frame the double story windows that balances the wainscot mantel above the fireplace.  The table in front of the window balances the sectional across the room. Another good use of proportion and balance is noted in the choice of accessories on the cocktail table.  There are several stack of books and the candles in the hurricanes are large. Nice job.

taupe bedroom

This bedroom is beyond beautiful. The canopy above the head of the bed is the Focal Point of this room. The color palette causes the room to blend and become cohesive. The selection of the mirror and chandelier keep an almost mono-chromatic color scheme in this room. As for balance: the bench at the foot of the bed, although somewhat small and should actually be wider, keeps the eye from just dropping off the end of the bed after such a heavy ‘headboard’. Double sconces and double decorative bracket shelves lend to the symmetry and balance of the space. The use of stripes and small patterns on both the bench and wallpaper are examples of balance in pattern.

So you may be thinking, that’s great, but I don’t have a HUGE space. Here’s some examples of great balance in smaller spaces!

Blk & White small kitchen

The soothing color palette of this space causes it to appear larger than it actually is. The vertical striping on the window blinds draw your eye upward to the already tall ceilings and make the room seem taller. The use of the antique wall clock and set of four prints makes a nice (possibly secondary) Focal Point in this kitchen. The table, although somewhat crowded in the space is not overly large and the scale of the chairs are appropriate. Overall with the semi-large chandelier in the center, it’s well-balanced.

multiple print bedroom pic

I’m not a fussy designer or person for that matter, but I adore the use of patterns in this bedroom. When working with no more than two or three specific colors you can use more patterns within that color palette. The lamp, wallpaper, headboard, drapery and drapery lining, roll pillow in front, monogram and delicate matting in the prints are all in blues. The pillow case, coverlet and floral arrangement are all in pinks. Mixed with a neutral, it works extremely well and demonstrates good balance in both color and pattern.

One More.

fussy small bath

You may not be a French County aficionado(a) however this is a nice example where the twin pedestal sink basins with the twin mirrors and triple sconces create a good balance along the wall. The color scheme is consistent and there is obvious balance in pinks and whites in this space.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and understand a little more about the balance in putting a room together! Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design! Please feel free to leave a comment or mention topics you would like to learn more about as many did about balance, hence this post~

Focal Point

Focal Points in Design

Upon entering a space, your eye may be automatically drawn to a certain feature of the room and often, a room’s architectural elements will in fact be the Focal Point.  If your space does not have an architectural Focal Point you can add one or have your designer create one.

These incredibly beautiful photos feature  some of the  more commonly and frequently used Focal Points such as Fireplaces, Kitchen Islands, Mirrors, Chandeliers, Ceilings, Windows and Staircases.

FP Focal Point
The limestone fireplace and mantle become a beautiful Focal Point in this bedroom.
FireplaceRemodel half
 Even with a two-story wall of windows and oversized wrought iron chandelier, this natural all Ohio stone fireplace that I designed becomes an outstanding Focal Point in this Family Room in an Ohio home.
rustic fireplace
The two-story stone fireplace and the rafters on the ceiling are both impressive, but the Fireplace would be the Focal Point in this room.
Focal Point Kitchen
In this historic home, a range has been placed in the former fireplace area creating a unique yet functional Focal Point.
Gorgeous kitchen
My eye is immediately drawn to the ceiling of this kitchen for it’s totally unique structure as a Focal Point. The detailed island and the cabinetry built around the range become secondary.
Green range and hood
Although you cannot view the entire kitchen in this photo, I would guess that this brightly colored double range and hood just may be the Focal Point in the room.
casual elegance kitchen
This kitchen is well balanced with its large island (Focal Point), beamed ceiling, arched doorway and spectacular floor.
Brick wall, lg llighting
The Focal Point in this room is the arched doorway and brick wall and in the eating area it is the over-sized chandelier. Just lovely.
Beautful Kitchen
Here is an example of how you can use chandeliers as a Focal Point. The island, being constructed of a darker, high contrast finish could be the Focal Point;  the use of these extremely large crystal chandeliers make them  winners in this kitchen. The chandeliers end up maintaining the balance between the island,  beamed vaulted ceiling, arch and double built-in range in a niche by bringing you eye down from the ceiling! It all works beautifully.
glass ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons
This incredible glass ceiling becomes a true Focal Point in this light filled kitchen by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Beamed vaulted Ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons Arch
This beamed vaulted ceiling is a striking Focal Point by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Copper Barrell Ceiling
This stunning copper Barrel ceiling creates interest as a Focal Point.
pink ceiling
The ceiling steals the show as the Focal Point in this room (although the room is very ornate overall).
sun room with windows
The radius of windows in this Sunroom and the view beyond become the Focal Point with the detailed ceiling coming in as a secondary point of focus.
stained glass windows
The black painted trim around the ornate stained glass windows causes them to stand out even more. No competing with those windows as a Focal Point
wall of mirrors
This room did not have a Focal Point so the designer created one with a
“Wall of Mirrors”. It works and looks great.
super large mirror
The enormous scale of this mirror enables a Focal Point to be created in a basic drywalled room.
Double mirror
The over-sized mirror becomes the Focal Point in this Powder Room due to scale.
mirror and arch
Side by Side elements create a Focal Point Wall.
Ceiling Focal Point
 Arches in the construction of a home can be beautiful. These arches have been added as a decorative element to this room to create interest and a Focal Point. These somewhat over-bearing arches draw the eye up but distract from the room. It appears top heavy.
Spiral staircase and ceiing detail
This Foyer has multiple Focal Points: arches, a floor medallion, wrought iron detailing on the double entrance doors as well as the arched window above, a curved staircase, a wonderful wrought iron railing, and chandelier have been well-balanced to create a sense of cohesiveness and serenity!
Often, if a room has multiple Focal Points, it can become too busy and overwhelming to the senses!
Elegant and easy on the eyes, partially due to the soft color palette.
Another example of a stairwell being a Focal Point and additional details and architectural elements.
Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design! I look forward to your questions or comments.
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We Were Floored!

Expansive selections, innovative technologies and beautiful designs.

That’s what was on display at the AMTICO Flooring space during 100% Design last month. During BlogTour by Modenus, bloggers had an opportunity to examine and consider the samples up close. You may be thinking, why would I care about vinyl flooring? You may not be a designer who specifies commercial flooring, but I am certain you walk on some from time to time and it’s nice to know a little bit about the products being used. AMTICO is an environmentally friendly company that produces BOTH commercial and residential products that are manufactured in the USA! Is that as important to you as it is to me?

Yes, this is a vinyl flooring product! What a beautiful and creative floor design for a healthcare facility. Photo:AMTICO

Lovely and modern! Photo: AMTICO

Remodeling your bathroom? AMTICO has you covered! Photo: AMTICO

Even in the bedroom, it exudes a modern yet cozy ambiance! Easy to maintain.

Two lovelies, Raina Kattelson and Erin Tye resting from the tug-of-war with the intermittent WI-FI or lack thereof.~

Blog Tour pals Jennifer Mehditash and Christian May take a respite from the activites while enjoying refreshments courtesy of AMTICO.

Press was on hand to ask a few of the bloggers their opinion of AMTICO. This is Rashon Carraway, unrehearsed. Photo:Patti Johnson

Official permission to blog about this product! We’re also a fun group to follow on #Twitter!

Unique and fashion forward selections for all your flooring needs!
Photo:Patti Johnson

Igor Josif explains to the Press why designers find AMTICO products so innovative!
Photo: Patti Johnson

A sampling of flooring at the AMTICO Booth~ Photo: Patti Johnson

Education about the technologies behind the product is very important to me as a designer. It helps me to explain to a client WHY they should purchase a certain product for reasons other than just that it looks pretty. I’m Chatti Patti and that’s how I roll!

Thanks for stopping by and come back for a new series soon on REAL LIFE COUNTRY LIVING. It will be a series based on a husband and wife team who dreamed of building a farmhouse in northern Michigan in the shadows of the Mackinac Bridge and the road well travelled to achieve it!  Included will be interviews with the DIY, country living- loving couple, lots of photos of the process and the kitchen (which I advised on). I’m so excited about it!

Thank you to all the sponsors of the Blog Tour London 2012!

Thank you to our wonderful Blog Tour London 2012 Sponsors!