There are a variety of ways to achieve balance in interior design, and the use of symmetry is one of them. Symmetry can be found everywhere, from nature to great works of art. So why not follow suit and take inspiration from the patterns of everyday life? This way, you’ll learn how to work in harmony with your environment rather than against it. With that in mind, here are a few ways of achieving this harmonious relationship in your home.
No, you don’t have to buy two of absolutely everything, but there’s no reason why you can’t have two of your favourite things. Found a nice lamp? Get two of them and pair them on opposite sides of a table. Have a bare front hall or reception area? Then pair up a couple of chairs and put them on either side of a sideboard (creating extra seating as well). Doubling up on mirrors will have the added advantage of producing the illusion of space, as well as bringing a sense of symmetry to a room. Having ‘two of everything’ can also help create a focus on singular items such as a piece of art.
Unsurprisingly, using regular shapes to decorate a room lends the space plenty of symmetry. Moreover, you can use a variety of geometric patterns on almost any surface in order to create both symmetry and variation. Circles can be combined with squares, rectangles with triangles, and so on. Geometric shapes also go extremely well with strong, bold colours, as well as giving life to stark white spaces. In the picture below, we see that the pendant lights, artwork, and two different pairs of chairs give the room symmetry, whilst variation is added by utilising assorted shapes on the floors, curtains, and artwork.
When Going Monochrome…
… It’s worth going symmetrical as well. You don’t necessarily have to bring together monochrome colour schemes and symmetry, but it certainly helps. This is because the combination adds plenty of impact as well as anchoring certain features to a room. A simplistic yet defined background, such as monochrome, will frame the symmetry, effortlessly drawing your eye to it.
Symmetry and Neutral Colours
Neutral colours can give a room the feeling of space, but they can also make it look stale. Adding symmetry to a neutrally coloured room will inject some life into it, giving it a sense of flow and focus. The example below shows how you can use neutral colours to good effect. In this case, the understated use of symmetry draws your attention to the main features of the room – the fireplace and table.
Keep It Simple
Achieving symmetry doesn’t mean one half of a room needs to be a mirror image of the another half. You don’t have to go around matching up every accessory and piece of furniture, it can be much more subtle than that. A pair of carefully place lamps, cushions, or artwork can be enough to produce the desired effect.