Balance is a key element of good interior design. A room can be symmetrical, where items are arranged to mirror one another on each side of the room. Symmetry is generally seen in a traditional setting. Asymmetrical is a more relaxed, less formal approach to balance in a room. Although different items are arranged opposite one another, the successful end result is a balance of visual weight.
Asymmetrical arrangement in a room is visually interesting. To achieve a successful asymmetrical furniture arrangement, balance a large sofa with several chairs. Although the individual pieces are different in style and size, the overall visual weight is the same.
Wall arrangements can also play into the asymmetry of the room’s design. A large painting can balance a seating area. A fireplace that is placed off center can be balanced with furniture and wall hangings as well.
When arranging accessories on a mantle, asymmetrical balance creates a pleasing display. Place a large vase or framed picture on one side of the mantle and balance that out with several smaller items. Balance can also be achieved with varying heights of objects.
An asymmetrical arrangement on the coffee table can include a tall vase of flowers balanced with a stack of books with a decorative item placed on top. The varying heights play up the visual tension, creating interest.
When considering balance in a room, don’t assume that everything has to be the same on each side. By balancing the visual weight in the room, you can achieve an asymmetric design that is interesting and stylish.