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Proportion and Scale

Iconic designer and architect, Arne Jacobsen, summed it up:
"The primary factor is proportions. Proportions are what make the old Greek temples classic in their beauty. They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been literally hewn out between the columns."

What is the difference between proportion and scale? Proportion refers to the relative size of objects within a space in comparison to others around it. Scale refers to the overall size of objects. 
Photo: Armani Casa
When designing, the items in the room need to be the correct scale, depending on the size of the space and kept in proportion to the other items used. These are basic design principles, however, playing with proportion and scale can give an interior design scheme the edge and give it a wow factor.
Kitchen island.  Design: www.brightspacedesign.com
Photo: www.brightspacedesign.com
The large proportions of the large pendant chandelier in this kitchen work towards creating a main focal point above the island….

Photo: www.brightspacedesign.com
Designers need to look at the scale of objects and furniture used within a space to ensure everything fits and looks correct. Proportion can be played with, to create interest and surprise.  Don't just buy an entire three-piece suite with matching furniture from the store.  Mix and match to create a bespoke and exciting scheme….



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