Interior Scale & Proportion

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The scale & proportion in this photo emphasizes the room’s attributes, while still being inviting

There are many different elements to interior design and they work together to make a room successful. All of those design principles are necessary but scale & proportion make the largest impact. This is often a great first step in the design process. For instance, Dahl House Design measures and examines the homes and/or spaces to get an idea of how to accomplish the design goals. The size of the space and the existing features help to determine what furniture and other elements will fill the room. 


When you walk into a room and it just feels “off,” it is usually caused by scale. Scale usually relates to how things are scaled to humans. Scale also relates to size and how big or small spaces feel to us. Oversized sofas can be very large but they still sit at similar heights off the ground that allow them to be scaled and comfortable to us. Countertop heights, hallway widths, and hanging art are all examples of scale. 


Proportion relates more to how different furniture or fixtures relate to each other. This element helps a lot when designers want to emphasize something. An oversized lighting fixture can bring your eye to a certain focal point in the space. Furniture that is lower to the ground can make ceilings look higher. Proportion is very individualized to each space and helps create impact in the room where you want it. 

Dahl House Design offers design consultations that do not have to include full home remodels. Homeowners can have a hard time visualizing spaces. Space planning and floor plan drawings can help when planning and visualizing. We offer assistance placing furniture or accessories to get scale & proportion right for your home. Our designers can also assist in retail purchases to help make the right decisions on furniture and accessories for redesigning a space.