Suppose a Hilbert space W can be written as the direct sum (not necessarily orthogonal) of the closed subspaces H and V, where H is assumed to be of finite dimension. Define a new inner product via

||h+v||^2:=q(h)+|v|^2,

where |.| denotes the original norm on the Hilbert space and q is a positive definite quadratic form on H (one can assume w.l.o.g. q=|.|^2).

QUESTION: Are |.| and ||.|| equivalent?

||.||^2 is easily seen to be dominated by 2|.|^2, but I don't know about the other direction. (Also notice that the question is obviously true if V and H were orthogonal!)