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How to Create Balance In Your Room

In my previous post I started a ‘training’ session of sorts on how to create a well put together space in your home. I used to train and certify Home Stagers and many of the things I taught them applied to a home for living as well as a home for selling. My previous post focused on focal points (pun intended)! 😊 Now lets take a look at balance.

How do you create balance in a room? It can be done through the placement of your furniture, accessories or even with color. Many times it is all of the above. I really think balance is about the feeling you get when you are in the room. Balance does not mean you have all items perfectly symmetrical because you will never have the exact same items or size of items on both side of a room; nor would you want to.

 

 

A perfect way to describe a room out of balance is when all the large pieces of furniture in a room are set up to face the TV.  What happens is that all the heavy pieces get lined up on one wall and the TV sits alone on the opposite wall. The weight of the room literally feels like it is tipping to one side. You want to arrange furniture so that it is not all about the TV all the time, then use other furniture and accessories to balance the visual weight within the room.

 

 

There is also a sense of balance you get with bookshelves or the mantel of a fireplace. Again, you don’t want everything identical on each side but you don’t want, for example, all books on one side and all accessories on the other. The side with all the books would obviously feel too heavy. You want to disperse items amongst the shelves using varying heights to create balance as well.

 

 

Let’s take a look at this room below:

 

The chair floating to the left of the TV creates balance so that the right side of the room doesn’t feel heavy with the weight of the fireplace and chair. It also counters the weight from the other direction because if the wall had just the TV and fireplace it would feel light with all the heavy furniture on the other side of the room. Do you feel how that would be?

Also let’s take a look at the fireplace, there are not tall items on both the left side of the mantel and the right side. That can be done but it may also be boring. The tall vase with reeds on the floor to the right of the fireplace brings balance to the whole area. The floor lamp behind the chair on the left brings in height to counter the height on the right side. Do you see it?

So for me, I just did this without thinking. It is ingrained within me because it is what I do and do it all the time. It is just automatic and took me maybe 10 minutes to pull together visually. That’s me. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it balanced on the first try. Play with it, pull in things from other rooms and see how it feels, move things around, experiment. When will you know it is balanced? It will feel just right, like the Goldilocks nursery rhyme, you keep trying until it is just right. 😊

I hope you learned a little bit about balance and if you want to check out my previous post about “focal points” click the link. My next blog will be all about creating Continuity and Flow!

 

 

Patterned Tile – Is It For You?

Are you looking for a way to add some life to a room? To bring some fun to a otherwise dull space? Then bring on the pattern! With so many choices, there is bound to be a patterned tile that will fit your personality.

One of the best places to add a little flair to an otherwise task oriented room, is the laundry room. Let’s face it, laundry rooms are no longer pushed to the farthest darkest corners of a home but rather placed in the heart of the home. If your’s is down in that corner, then even more reason to add a splash of pattern!

Make this space fun to be in!

 

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photo credit @13thirtydesigns

 

Another place to consider using a patterned tile is in a back entrance or maybe even the front foyer if it is small and a bit of excitement is needed to highlight the space.  Small areas are a perfect place for pattern.

 

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photo credit @marcelledesignllc

 

The key to using patterned tile is to use it sparingly. I would not consider putting a patterned tile in a large shower, it would become overwhelming and potentially date itself very quickly. I would even caution using it on backsplashes if you have a lot of it.

 

A small backsplash area or a small section to highlight an area is totally cool in my book.

 

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photo credit @a_v_interiors

 

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photo credit @total360interiors

 

And don’t forget the fireplace! It’s the perfect place to add some pattern. I just finished my lower level and chose a patterned tile to highlight the main focal point of the room.

 

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So what do you think? Can you handle a little pattern in your life? My advice: use it sparingly, wisely and keep it classic. And have some fun!

 

 

How High Should I Hang A Dining Room Light Fixture?

Many times when I am in a client’s home I notice a few things about the dining room. One of those things is the height that their light fixture is hung above the table. Most of the time it is too high.  In the photo to the right I feel the light is too high but it also is too large for the table.dining-room light too high

I think many times what happens is when people are moving in or out they clip the light fixture up so they won’t hit their heads when the table is gone and then it never gets lowered again. Or people just don’t know how to hang it so I’m here to help!

A general rule of thumb is that the bottom of the light should be about 30-34 inches above the table. Most table heights are 30″ so you are looking at approximately 62″ off the floor if your table isn’t in the room yet.

The dining room light fixture is normally the primary architectural feature of the room besides being the main source of light. So function as well as overall room decor is key.

The general rule I listed above is for an 8 foot ceiling. For every additional foot of ceiling height your light fixture may need to be raised 3 inches. The key word in that sentence is “may”. A lot is determined by the overall size of your light fixture, the size of your table and the size of your room. If you have an overly large chandelier you may need to raise it slightly higher.

In the photo below I feel the light is not only too small for the room it is too small for the table.

 

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The size of your fixture should be a half to two-thirds the width of the table; or one foot smaller than the table width is another way people determine the size. You just don’t want a fixture that is overpowering the table or the room. Likewise you don’t want it to look dwarfed in the space.

I am going to use my own dining room as an example:

My ceiling height is 9 feet, the diameter of the light fixture is 22″ and my table is 44″ wide and 78″ long. It is an open concept home so the height also needs to be adjusted with the overall scope of the area. But although my ceilings are a foot taller than the general rule of 8 feet, I did not adjust my light upwards. I just didn’t feel that was necessary with this pendant light.

 

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My light is 33″above the table. This height provides light down on the table where it is needed and really draws focus on the dining area itself. If this fixture was higher ……it would totally lose the intimate feeling you want in the dining room and feel like a hallway or foyer light.

 

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My recommendation is to use these general rules but then to hold up the light fixture and eye ball it as well. If necessary bring in a trained professional to assist you as once that wire is cut and the light is installed…..you can’t take it back!