Our brains are naturally drawn to symmetry – we seek out balance in a room without even realising it, which is why symmetrical interiors are so appealing to the eye. Interior designers are well aware of this, and will take it into consideration when designing a space, adding those symmetrical visual cues – both subtle and obvious – to create a more appealing environment. And it’s something you can do in your own home, too.
The perfect/almost perfect mirror image room is one of the most impressive expressions of interior design symmetry. This space is a lovely example – it’s pleasing to look at and no doubt to relax in.
Now this is perfect symmetry, with every last detail on one side of the room painstakingly replicated on the other.
Doubling up on a few accessories – in this case plates and plants – is a simple yet effective approach to creating symmetry in your home.
Just because you’re going for symmetry, that doesn’t mean everything in a space has to appear samey. Despite its symmetrical design, the decor in the room above manages to remain varied.
These chairs would certainly stand out on their own, but as a pair they’re even more striking.
Symmetry often works best in a space that has been stripped back to its basics. This minimalist bathroom may lack adornment, but it’s nevertheless stunning.
This pair of attractive matching lamps demonstrate just how easy it is to achieve symmetry in your home.
The matching sofas and similarity of patterns in this interior is enough to give it a thoroughly symmetrical feel.
Identical sofas placed opposite each other is an ideal place to start if you’re looking to design a symmetrical space – from there you can easily build on the setup with duplicate accessories and/or other items of furniture.
The smallest and apparently most insignificant of symmetrical arrangements can actually make quite an impact in a space.
Here again we have some subtle symmetry at work. It’s not the overriding feature of the space, but still catches the eye.