The human eye is naturally inclined to find symmetrical designs appealing. So it’s no surprise that when designing a room, interior decorators often double up on everything from chairs to end tables to floor lamps, essentially creating two matching halves that add up to one gorgeous room.
Designing with symmetry in mind adds a sense of balance to your room, but that doesn’t mean everything has to appear in sets of two. As design guru Amanda Nisbet says, “Try to add something that sets the symmetry just a tad bit off. This will ensure the room isn’t too perfect.” So why not cut the number of decisions to be made in half by picking a grounding center point and doubling up from there.
The Living Room
Center point: The sofa
Pairing strategy: End tables, table lamps, throw pillows, a diptych, accent chairs
Throw the symmetry off with: A throw and some sculptural objets
Center point: The console table
Pairing strategy: Baskets, table lamps, stools, side chairs
Throw the symmetry off with: A catchall tray and an umbrella stand
Center point: The bed
Pairing strategy: Nightstands, table lamps, accent seating, throw pillows, artwork
Throw the symmetry off with: Framed photos, books, and boxes
Center point: The middle of the mirror or artwork above the mantel
Pairing strategy: Hurricanes or candlesticks, greenery, sconces
Throw the symmetry off with: Objets and books