Most of us will have heard that symmetry equals beauty in one sense or another. And there’s evidence to prove it, whether it’s the pattern on a sea shell, the shape of a majestic tree, a pioneering work of art or even an impressive piece of music. It’s true, symmetry does give a sense of aesthetic ‘oneness’ and an overarching feeling of order, which makes us feel at ease. And that’s why it’s so important in the world of interior design.
Ever wondered why your bedroom looks a little chaotic and haphazard, despite being neat and tidy? Chances are it’s lacking in symmetrical balance. A bedroom that has even the most basic level of symmetrical balance feels more structured and calm. And that’s because symmetry just makes sense to us. In fact, scientists have theorised that humans actively search for symmetry in the world as it feels logical – representing order, simplicity and elegance[i]. Funny they should say that, because that’s exactly what we want to achieve when it comes to our bedrooms!
Starting to rethink your decision to shove the double bed into the corner of the room to make more floor space? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many of us overlook the importance of symmetry when it comes to our interiors, putting practical matters first and then ‘making do’ with less-than-desirable aesthetics as a result. But it’s time we challenged this mentality. Because what, after all, is more practical than a bedroom that invokes feelings of calm and restfulness, and looks utterly fabulous too?
The wild cards
Purposefully breaking an established pattern draws attention to particular design pieces, and is an important part of making sure a room isn’t too monotonous. Try placing a statement floor lamp in one corner of the room, or play around with flower arrangements, blankets and pieces of art as single items that don’t have a symmetrical counterpart. By selecting a few creative ‘wild cards’ like this, you’ll create interest and texture in the room, and inject it with some personality too.
People often mistake symmetry for dull or tediously ‘straight laced’ when it comes to interiors. But in reality, symmetry has nothing to do with boring, and has everything to do with chic, balanced design that simply works. The great thing about it is that you can layer up on a symmetrical base as much as you like, creating character and intrigue that not only has tons of personality but that looks slick and innovative too. Now that’s the kind of design we can get on board with.