How the Scale Balance Works
By Sonya Weiss
You might have walked into a gorgeous home filled with top of the line furnishings and thought that the furnishings seemed miniature in comparison to the size of the room you were in.
You noticed it because it jarred the eye.
There are several factors to consider when decorating such as how paint colors contrast the fabrics on the furnishings and more. Many people don’t realize that the most important factor when decorating a room is the height of the ceiling. If you have a home with high ceilings, then you have to make sure that the decorations you use are suited to scale.
For example, if you have cathedral ceilings, then the paintings or other artwork on the walls should be a size that’s big enough so that the sheer size of the walls don’t swallow it up. If you don’t have artwork that’s proportionate in size, then you can create a grouping of objects such as shelves and pictures that will help balance the scale of wall size.
One of the decorating mistakes made in homes with high ceilings is the belief that more furnishings, even if they’re smaller, will make the room look better but it doesn’t. The room only looks cluttered.
Higher ceilings require larger furniture in order to achieve a scale balance. Small dainty chairs and petite sofas get dwarfed when you have longer walls. So choose larger chairs such as pictured in the link. The same concept is true with floor rugs. Smaller ones, without a grouper of larger floor rugs will look out of place.