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In our last blog, we started our discussion of how to live an intentional life through the employment of minimalist design in your home. We discussed how the colors of the walls would affect the mood of the space. We will continue, this week, with balance and space. In both of these elements, what is not there is as important as what is there.


Before we start discussing balance, we’d like to say a word about the interplay of the different elements. For instance, balance and space, and line and form. These elements play with each other and allow you to play with them to create something unique to you, your family, and your home. You have to balance the elements themselves when designing the interior of your home. If you are all about color, but forget to focus on balance or shape, your overall design will seem out of whack.

When we think of balancing something the idea of symmetry often comes up, but in design, balance is not based on symmetry, in fact, symmetry should be avoided. Instead, balance is about equilibrium. A basic example of this could be sofa pillows. You would not want three small pillows on each side, but instead, you should put one large one on one side and two or three on the other side, depending on the scale of the pillows. Use balance on a larger scale with the large furniture pieces

Mentally Balanced

Balancing your design also has psychological effects. Studies have shown that people are more comfortable in spaces that are balanced. Imagine a wall with a cluster of photos on one side of a doorway and one tiny one on the other side of the doorway. You would most likely feel that something was missing. Our brains like balance, so designing your home with intentional balance is to design a home that gives people a feeling of calm. So, instead of going with Feng Shui, where you have certain rules about what walls things need to face, follow the rule of balanced minimalism. This will give you head start in the world when it comes to being mentally balanced.

Spaced Out!

The concept of space in minimalist design works well with the concept of balance. Some people like to create multiples spaces within a home. The creation of the space and clues about it’s function can be done with the arrangement of chairs, tables, and details. For instance, if you want to make space, you would put a desk or an easel, a chair, and whatever implements the medium calls for such as brushes or colored pencils. You have not broken your minimalist guide, but have indicated through simple items what the space is for. Just as important as the space you do fill, is the space you don’t fill. This is known as negative space. Wider spaces separate areas and create pathways while narrower spaces connect items. Blank spaces, as you will often find on the counters of a decluttered home, signal certain things to the human brain. They signal cleanliness, purity, solitude, spirituality, openness, and calm.

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