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Using the design element of Proportion

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by: Garn Todd Joseph & Jillian La Rocque
Marketing Officers for the Millenia Group of Companies

Scale is one of the most important things to consider when creating the look of a room. Proportion plays an integral role in visual appeal of the home as well as its functionality. A room that is proportioned correctly will feel welcoming while an incorrectly proportioned room will just feel crowded and unfriendly. The trick is to match pieces in terms of their scale.

If you want to make a large scale room operate aesthetically, a human scale should be created while adding other elements that will fill the volume of the room. It’s important to keep functional scale in mind in any space.

One great way to create the accurate proportions in a room is to take into consideration the size of the room and the height of the ceiling while planning the layout of the room. When you are choosing light fixtures, think about the style and height of the ceiling, while keeping in mind how it will fill the space.

Also, it is important to consider the size of your room in regards to the furniture within the room. You need to first decide the focal points of the room. Before you set up the room think about which pieces of furniture are essential, and which ones are secondary.

A large overstuffed sofa needs an equally large end table or coffee table; otherwise, these accents simply disappear as the sofa dwarfs them proportionally. When considering scale, look to the other rooms in the home for furniture that may be a better fit with the focal pieces you have in your room.

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