Have you ever been into a house where despite its nice decoration elements, you felt something was not just right? Well.. proportion & scale are the answer. Proportion and scale are two frequently used terms in interior design and this is because only using balanced scales and proportions, a room can become comfortable and welcoming.

Scale is the overall size of one object and proportion is how the size of an object compares to other elements in the room. Scale is absolute, proportion is relative.

Without respecting scale and proportion rules, a room will feel uncomfortable and hostile to its guests or inhabitants.

So how can we make a room feel friendly?

1. Adapt your furniture to the height of the ceiling.

The higher the ceiling, the taller and more imposing the furnishings pieces should be. Low ceilings ask  for petite decor. There is only one exception- you can use low modern furnishings in a room with tall ceilings to achieve a dramatic effect.

Grand furniture for high ceiling spaces

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Petite furniture for low ceiling spaces

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2. Vary heights

A room where all the furnishings or decor are the same height will lack interest. Take a look, if this happens in your house – shift some piece around. Mix tall pieces with to short pieces. If the sofa has a low back, add a piece of tall furniture next to it.

With small decor, use the ratio of 3:1. Coffee table decoration example: smaller objects of varying heights grouped together and balanced by a larger object can create striking design.

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3. Balance bold pieces

Simply look at the weight of different areas in a room and attempt to distribute that accordingly. Imagine you cut your room in two. Would one part sink down because of its heavy furnishings. If this is the case –re-arrange.

For example if the sofa is very eye catching, make sure to add another  bold  element in the other side of the room like some similarly bold curtains.  You want balance so the eye goes over and around the room.

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4. Balance patterns

Playing with scale is not limited to furniture and accessories. A large scale pattern on a fabric or wallpaper can have a big impact.

Don’t be scared to use pattern in a small room in fear that it will look even smaller. You can still have patterns in a small room and believe it or not this can actually create space. The key is to use a similar colour way in the different elements used in the room.

A larger room can handle larger prints and more colours. If you have a small room but prefer a larger print, make sure it has lots of “white space” in it so the room has air to breathe.

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elitedecor.es

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thepinkchandelier.ca

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5. “White space” is essential.

By white space I refer to an “uncovered space” around and above a furniture  a regardless of its colour.

A room struggles to look good when every square centimeter is filled. The eye needs to rest in a space. Create it by leaving some plain surfaces.

In the image below although there is a lot going on, there is enough plain space to let the eyes relax, making the whole arrangement pleasant.

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