Scale Balance

Achieving the right balance between beauty, functionality and scale can be a daunting task. That's why we've assembled ideas and tips from design experts who will show you how it's done.

Always scale up, not down. Everyone is terrified of making things too big-if in doubt make it bigger, not smaller.
Roger Banks-Pye, Colefax and Fowler Interior Inspirations

Color is a major element in scale. A small room can have a larger look by the use of closely related values, hues, and intensity. A large room can be made to look smaller by marked contrasts of color and value, hue, and intensity. Value is one of the most important elements. Whether light or dark, little value contrast makes for unity, and sharper contrast makes for stronger punctuation.
Van Day Truex, Interiors, Character, and Color

For without the private world of retreat man becomes virtually an unbalanced creature.
Eleanor McMillen Brown, Creating a Beautiful Home by Alexandra Stoddard

Scale is of prime importance and I think that oversized scale is better than undersized scale.
Nancy Lancaster, English Country House Style

The basic rules of proportion and scale are unchanging. They are reinterpreted according to the needs of the time. I like simplicity and I believe in restraint. Above all, there should be harmony-of proportion, line, color, and feeling. The most important element in decorating is the relationship between objects- in size, form, texture, color, and meaning. None of these is in good taste in itself but only in relationship to where it has been placed and what purpose it is to serve.
Eleanor McMillen Brown

The desire for symmetry, for balance, for rhythm is one of the most inveterate of human instincts.
Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr, The Decoration of Houses

The dining table is the last retreat of the old values and more human scale of past.
Patrick Dunne

The most successful buildings demonstrate harmonious relationships in scale, whether externally to their surroundings, or internally to their occupants.
John Saladino

The overscaled compositions being produced by so many abstract painters, which are full of movement and use of color, are ideal example, ideal transformations of an entire wall and entire room.... There is no denying that one of the major attractions of these successful large compositions is their structural decorative use in the contemporary scene... That these large canvases can be superbly decorative may not be considered complimentary by some of the artists involved...
Van Day Truex, Interiors, Character, and Color

[on interior design] I think you have to have a real sense of scale and proportion. You have to have a real feeling for it. I think you are just born with it or you are not. No matter how much training you get, you can't learn that.
Eleanor McMillen Brown

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