5 Surprising Ways to Master Balance, Proportion, and Harmony from West London interior designer

Applying the rules of balance, proportion, and harmony may not be as simple as one-two-three, but with the right knowledge, tools, and practice, you’ll surely hit the mark in time.

Aesthetics are built around the principles of design, and among those fundamentals, are balance, proportion, and harmony that can be most challenging to achieve.

If you love everything about décor and interior design but are quite hard-up on achieving these design principles, it is great to know a few tricks that can help you master the trade.

1.   Understand Your Theme

You may be familiar with symmetry and asymmetry, but do you know that your style choice can be correlated with balance. Where symmetry works well with the classics. French-country, Mediterranean, Victorian, and Colonial are a few samples of traditional themes. While asymmetry is suitable for the more modern and eclectic designs, such as bohemian-chic, industrial, minimalist and Scandinavian themes.

"Symmetry works well with the classics."

For the transitional styles, which is a combination of contemporary and traditional styles, it uses both symmetry and asymmetry.

2.   Start with a Drawing

Whether you are a professional interior designer or a homeowner who wants to home stage a property, you’ll need to start with a drawing. Putting your ideas in pen to paper helps you to articulate ideas and visualize the elements better. 

"Putting your ideas in pen to paper helps you to articulate ideas and visualize the elements better."

After getting all the measurements of your room and furniture, you can now draw these elements on a gridded paper. Typically, you’ll need to scale down your measurements to fit a quarter-inch scale, which means a quarter inch on paper is equivalent to one foot in real life. You may either use a graphing paper or download premade graphs. This will serve as a guide when doing your drawings.

3.   Use Nature’s Scale and Proportion

There’s no better way to achieve the right scale and proportion than by getting pointers from the most harmonious measurements than nature itself. Use the rule of thirds, which is a simplified version of the golden ratio. 

It can help you place elements on your visual perspective where you can highlight and emphasize certain elements of your design. 

Create a grid to be overlayed on your interior perspective, whether you have a one, two, or three-point perspective. Divide your image both horizontally and vertically, the interior perspective then is placed at the intersection of those dividing lines, or along with one of the lines itself. This gives your interior an orderly and well-distributed space.

4.   Don’t Forget about Built-in Focal Points 

We often hear artists talk about the importance of having a focal point in any visual art, and that’s no different when it comes to interior design. Every more so often though, we focus on achieving a focal point through décor pieces alone, inadvertently ignoring existing architectural focal points.

"Consider architectural focal points as they are permanent elements that can be utilized in your design."

Fireplaces, built-in bookcases, French doors, bay windows, angled walls, arched ceilings, winding staircases, and exposed bricks or beams are only a few examples of these built-in focal points. 

During the planning stage, it is important to consider architectural focal points as they are permanent elements that can be utilized in your design. 

5.   Utilize Simple Objects to Connect Elements

If major renovation is not an option, you can use simple elements such as throw rugs, curtains, or a picture frame to create balance and unity. 

For a large living room, for example, placing an area rug under sofas and seats can help pull together the elements. Continuity and cohesiveness are important if you want to achieve a well-balanced interior. Avoid furniture pieces, chairs, or plants floating out on their own. 


The power of a well-composed design can enhance and add immeasurable value to your interior design. As there is no such thing as faultless design, it is essential to follow the guidelines to make your designing more fruitful and gratifying. 

To know more about the important elements in interior design, contact NU KOJA on 020 7731 6841.

NU KOJA offers professional services in luxury interior design in London. We also specialize in bespoke furniture, where we only provide excellence and guarantee to our clients. 

This is just an overview of the different ways a designer can shape a composition to have the greatest impact on viewers. As always, remember that rules are meant to be broken. But once you start understanding and executing these rules and structures in your work, it will improve and strengthen your designs immeasurably.

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