Balance

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Robbie Buchanan
May 2007
Balance
 Definition: The quality of a floral
arrangement that gives a sense of
equilibrium and repose (position).
 As humans, we can tell when things
are not balanced and we tend to
branches, and other things that may
be a physical threat).
Two types of balance:

 Actual   physical balance

 Perceived   visual balance
Physical Balance
   Physical balance is also called mechanical
balance
   Mechanical balance (or physical balance)
means that the arrangement has to be
mechanically sound to be able to stand on
its own
   A design should be stable and should
support itself.
Mechanical Balance

   If a design falls
over easily, or
looks like it
would fall over
easily, it is not
mechanically
balanced
 Physical balance is achieved by
having a container of the right size,
weight and shape for the flowers it
will hold.
 In general, an equal amount of
flowers and foliage (greenery) are
placed on all sides of the container.
 Materialsare
distributed
evenly so
that the
container will
support
them.
Visual Balance

 Achieved   when the
arrangement gives a feeling of
stability.
 An arrangement can be
mechanically balanced (it will
not fall over easily) but not
visually balanced.
Visual Balance
   If an
arrangement
does not
look
balanced, it
is disturbing
and not
visually
balanced.
Four types of visual balance:
   Symmetrical balance

   Asymmetrical balance

   Open balance
Symmetrical Balance
 One side is a mirror image of the
other side
 Symmetrical

balance
displays
strength and
stability and
is often used
for formal
events
Symmetrical Balance
   These types of arrangements
sometimes look
too planned and
a near-symmetry
pattern is often
used.
Near-symmetry pattern
   The flowers on
opposing sides
vary, but are alike
and do not take
away from the
symmetry
of the
arrangement
Asymmetrical Balance
•Achieved by placing unequal
visual weight on each side of a
central vertical axis.
Asymmetrical Balance
   Often called
“informal” balance
   Requires more
thought than
“formal” or
symmetrical
balance
Balance by Position (Asymmetrical)

can balance a
child on a
seesaw, flowers
can balance one
another by their
positions in an
arrangement
Balance by Position (Asymmetrical)

   A large flower
closer to the
focal point can
balance a small
object on the
outside of the
design
Accessories/figurines
(Asymmetrical)
   Accessories and
figurines can
also be used to
give a sense of
equilibrium or
balance in an
arrangement
   All elements of a design showing
common
central
point in
the
arrangement
Asymmetrical
Symmetrical
Open Balance
   Neither prominently
symmetrical or
asymmetrical
   Material is used in a
more relaxed way
with open balance
   There are no rules or
format to rely on
   We rely on perceived
balance (how you see
it)
What kind(s) of balance is/are
shown below?
   Physical/
Mechanical
   Visual
   Symmetrical
 Near-symmetry

 Asymmetrical

 Open
What kind(s) of balance is/are
shown below?
   Physical/
Mechanical
   Visual
   Symmetrical
 Near-symmetry

 Asymmetrical

 Open
What kind(s) of balance is/are
shown below?
   Physical/
Mechanical
   Visual
   Symmetrical
 Near-symmetry

 Asymmetrical

 Open
What kind(s) of balance is/are
shown below?
   Physical/
Mechanical
   Visual
   Symmetrical
 Near-symmetry

 Asymmetrical

 Open
What kind(s) of balance is/are
shown below?
   Physical/
Mechanical
   Visual
   Symmetrical
 Near-symmetry

 Asymmetrical

 Open
What kind(s) of balance is/are
shown below?
   Physical/
Mechanical
   Visual
   Symmetrical
 Near-symmetry

 Asymmetrical

 Open
What kind(s) of balance is/are
shown below?
   Physical/
Mechanical
   Visual
   Symmetrical
 Near-symmetry

 Asymmetrical

 Open
What kind(s) of balance is/are
shown below?
   Physical/
Mechanical
   Visual
   Symmetrical
 Near-symmetry

 Asymmetrical

 Open
What kind(s) of balance is/are
shown below?
   Physical/
Mechanical
   Visual
   Symmetrical
 Near-symmetry

 Asymmetrical