Human eyes are accustomed to symmetry, which is why traditional designs are typically symmetrical. However, asymmetry can be utilized in interior design to great effect. In today’s post, the interior remodelers at Highland Design and Build share a look how to incorporate asymmetry into your home’s interior design.
What Is Asymmetry?
Asymmetry a type of balance that’s often used in design. Most people are familiar with symmetrical or formal balance, where one side of the interior mirrors the other. For example, a coffee table centered between two seats is symmetrical. Radial balance is a third type of balance, which involves similar elements placed around a common center point, as is often the case on a circular dining table and its chairs.
Asymmetrical or informal balance doesn’t require a centered look, which allows more freedom on where you can place furniture and decor. Interior designers and home remodelers utilize asymmetrical floor plans to add visual interest and create a more casual look.
How to Pull Off an Asymmetrical Interior Design
One of the strengths of asymmetrical interior design is it can be used in any type of floor plan. While there are no hard and fast rules about symmetrical design, there are a few things that you can do to ensure visually pleasing results.
Choose a Focal Point — A large asymmetrical element—a fireplace or a unique art piece, for instance—can be the focal point of your interior design. Building your design around a focal point creates visual flow.
Include Coordinating Elements — A common thread, such as a color motif or repeating lines and shapes, help pull everything together and make it easier for the viewer to follow the overall design.
Use Odd Numbers — Symmetrical arrangements utilize elements that come in pairs, or in fours. Arrange groupings in odd numbers to create asymmetry.