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There is absolutely a time and place for a symmetrical layout in interior design but, sometimes, too much symmetry can come off as formal and a bit impersonal. On the other hand, asymmetrical designs offer a warm, lived-in aesthetic full of unique, eye-catching moments that help you experience the place in its entirety.

Asymmetry design seeks out balance in more abstract terms. When both halves of a room display different items of the same visual weight, stability is achieved while still maintaining intrigue.

Typically, when people consider balance as a concept, they stick to working with symmetry in their interiors. While that’s always a viable option, it’s far from the only one to choose. In reality, there are three distinct forms of balance you can incorporate as part of your design. They are as follows:

Symmetrical/formal balance: This type of balance is created by taking the room and splitting it into two halves that mirror each other. It could, for example, include a living room that features two sofas with a coffee table between them.

Asymmetrical/informal balance: In this case, the room is coherent by the repetition of similar forms, lines, and colors, but there is no mirroring or exact duplication. A living room done in an asymmetrical style might feature a sofa with an end table on one end and a floor lamp on the other.

Radial balance: Radial balance is the most infrequently used option on this list, but it involves similar objects placed around a common center point. It is most often seen in dining table arrangements where the same chair is used throughout.

Asymmetry adds visual interest, and there’s a psychological basis for why this occurs. It has to do with the way our brains process information. They aim to pick up on as many patterns and repetitions as possible, so the mirroring effect of symmetrical design makes those rooms very easy to figure out. In asymmetrical spaces, the motifs are less immediately obvious, so it takes our brains a bit longer to process them and ultimately makes them more interesting. Asymmetrical elements are a good tool to use when you want to call attention to a feature of your design.

In the above interior, we decided to go with the asymmetrical design aesthetic and hang the artwork over to the left, instead of in the center, to create visual interest and draw attention to the featured art piece.

For an interesting read on asymmetry click here ☞

The artwork featured here ☞ What I Did Not Know – Limited Edition of 7

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