Master Scale and Proportion
I’ve seen numerous houses that are unquestionably stunning – the finishes, the design, the furnishings, everything is trendy. However, when I take a closer look around, something simply feels off … Typically, this is because some of the components such as rugs, furniture, and wall art are not the right scale or proportion. In this post you will find tips to master scales and proportion
Scale and proportion, in fact, mean different things, however, they are frequently used interchangeably. The scale is how a piece interacts with the size of the space, while the proportion is the relationship in between pieces. In this post you will find tips to master scales and proportion
The Most Common Mistakes In Scale and Proportion Are:
- Coupling pieces of furniture that differ too much in size. For example, pairing a very small nightstand with a bed that has a large frame creates uneven proportions that make the room seem off.
- Improperly sized artwork. Much like two pieces of furniture, the wall art used for a room has to properly relate to the size of the wall and corresponding furniture. If you use artwork that is too small or too large for your space and furnishings, you risk a room that looks askew or off base.
- What we like to call “floating artwork”. If your walls are littered with paintings, frames, and prints that don’t interact well, you will end up with an aesthetic that looks messy and lazy. Try stacking small frames and photos or creating a “gallery wall”.
- Furniture that is too small or too large for a space. Understanding how your furniture relates to the space that it is in is crucial. If you have a wide-open dining room, then your table needs to be on the larger side to properly accommodate the scale and proportions of the room.
Master Scale with Artwork.
When discussing scale, the number one mistake beginners make pertains to artwork hanging on the walls. For some reason, people are typically selecting little frames and small pieces to hang around their houses and it drives us insane! Not paying the proper attention to the size of your pieces and how they relate to the space ends in disaster. So, let’s consider how to make a piece of art best fit the wall space and furniture of a room…
- If you’re hanging art above your bed, then you need to follow this rule of thumb! Your art piece needs to fill a minimum of two-thirds of the entire area. Do not be afraid to adorn your bedroom wall with a larger piece.
- Switch up your shapes. If you have many square corners and edges in your room, try a round mirror and canvas print to break up the monotony. By separating the straight lines, you create contrast within the room, and this makes the space look more interesting.
- Utilizing multiple small prints. If you aren’t into a larger print, or you prefer to have more options, stacking art either vertically or horizontally can be used to fill a space. You should still follow the two-thirds rule when using several works.
Master Scale with Furniture
Furnishings are challenging due to the fact that it’s tough to understand how a specific piece will look once you get it house and into your room. This is why measuring your spaces is so extremely important to make sure that your furniture properly fits the room. Make sure you go shopping equipped with your measurements and you’ll have much more success finding the right piece. I’ll typically make note of the smallest and biggest a piece can be prior to shopping or looking online.
Does this feel off? Correct! Obviously the purple nightstand, the artwork and the nightlight that you can barely see on the left are all way to small with this large bed.
Another suggestion is to utilize some painter’s tape to define your potential furnishings on your floor to see how they fit. Make sure to properly use the measurements of a piece to create a two-dimensional model in your room. This method helps you get a feel for how pieces will relate with one another and you can guarantee that you’ll have the right proportions. By mapping out the entire space, it is easier to get an idea of the finished product.
Master scale with your furnishings:
- Using large furniture to satisfy big spaces. Wide couches, long tables, and big chairs are great for properly filling a large room. Don’t forget to switch up textures, shapes, and lines to create interest and an openness to the area. And above all, make sure the furnishings are proportionate to one another.
- Use sectionals and coffee tables to create shape in an, otherwise, ill-defined room. Just keep in mind that your coffee table should take up about two-thirds of the length of the couch.
- Make sure your tables, couches, and any other large pieces of furniture not only have great scale but proper proportion. If you use very large pieces with other furnishings that are too small then the room will look unbalanced.
Does this room feel off? No, even though the bed is large for the room all surrounding elements are fine and the Artwork fills the recommended 2/3 of space over the headboard.
Master Scale with Rugs
If you are unsure of how to properly size a rug for a room, there is one golden rule that will never steer your wrong. When choosing between a smaller rug option or a larger one, always go big or go home! Larger rugs are typically great space fillers and can really pull a room together. Decorating with a rug that is too small will stunt your space and make the room feel awkward. You may not be able to exactly put your finger on it, but you will know that something is not right. Remember, if the rug is pulling everything together, then it needs to be big enough to get the job done!
TIP: The easiest way to pick the correct size of rug is the 6 Inch rule where the Rug Edge is either 6 Inches in front of your sofa or 6 inches under it.
Now that you know all of the details, I urge you to walk around your home and take a look at each space. Does it have a good “flow” or does something simply feel off in specific areas? If so, it is possible that maybe the scale or the proportion of a piece. Take a good look around at every piece within the room and determine if the pieces are well-suited for each other and work well within the entire space.
Are your pictures, canvases, and mirrors taking up at least two-thirds of the space on a wall or of the length of the furniture they reside above? Is your couch taking up the proper amount of space in a certain area? Remember, your couch or bed is one of the main furnishings in a room – they should take up space! Finally, the rugs, please make sure that your rugs are incorporating all of the furnishings within your space. I assure you that with a couple of tweaks, you can master scale and proportion to properly design your home.