Most of us want to evoke positive emotions in our home but do not know how to use proper scale and proportion in interior design. In this article, you are about to find out how scale changes everything in your home design, as well as proven tricks to make it easy.

What Is Scale and Proportion? 

Scale and proportion are often used interchangeably, but they are actually two different terms. While scale refers to how an item relates to the size of the room, proportion is all about how an item relates to other items in the room. 

For example, stuffing an oversized sofa in a small living room can cause the space to look crammed. This is a poor use of scale. On the other hand, a good example of proportion is utilizing a space properly to include items such as sofa, center table, mirror and ceiling fan.

Three Tricks To Use The Right Scale and Proportion

Using the right scale and proportion in interior design is a perfect way to liven up your home. Here are some tips to make it easy:

Make Adjustments Based on Size and Height Of Your Room

The larger the room, the bigger the scale of your furnishings should be. Never use petite furniture as a centerpiece in a large room. In contrast, avoid large centerpieces on small or narrowly shaped rooms. 

The key thing to remember is to choose furniture that fits into the size of the room. Each item in the room should also not look too large or too small in relation to each other.

Maintain White Space

No matter how big or small a room is (with a few exceptions), it will look cluttered and crammed without maintaining white space. White space is any unoccupied space in a room. Keeping a reasonable distance between each furnishing is a good example of utilizing white space. 

Use Repetitive Shape Patterns

Repeating patterns and colors within a room can properly set the scale and proportion in interior design. For example, if you have a square wall frame or square printed curtain design, you may also use a square coffee table. The repetitive pattern helps maintain the same proportions within the room. Make that you don’t overdo it though.