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Symmetrical balance explained: Why it matters to interior design

by John Wann 11/14/2022

Symmetrical balance is a crucial part of interior design. The arrangement of furnishings and decorative pieces in a space can have a profound effect on the overall aesthetic, regardless of the style of the room. To help you achieve a symmetrical or asymmetrical balance in your home decorating, here is a simple guide to the basics:

Symmetrical balance tips

Symmetrical balance is simple to achieve by repeating elements on both sides of an “axis” or center line of your space. Some ways to make your design symmetrically balanced include:

  • Use pairs of furnishings like armchairs, love seats, cabinets, wall art, light fixtures or side tables.
  • Repeat colors in the decor on both sides of the room.
  • Use single objects to draw focus to the center of the room. Some good examples might be a large sofa, dining table or coffee table.
  • Arrange furniture to evenly surround an architectural focal point such as a window or fireplace.

Asymmetrical balance tips

Asymmetrical balance might seem difficult to create at first, but once you know the basics, you'll find it a natural and informal way to decorate your space. Some tips for asymmetrical balance include:

  • Avoid matching pairs of furnishings.
  • Try corner sectionals or curved sofas.
  • Place furnishings diagonally, either in corners or towards a focal point.
  • Play with high and low furnishings on opposite sides of the room. For instance, a tall cupboard opposite a low bench, or a tall floor lamp opposite a small table or wall fixture.
  • Tie back one side of your drapes and let the other hang straight down.

Each type of symmetrical balance plays an important part in every room's design. Depending on the size and shape of the space you're working with, one type of balance might be more effective than the other. While remembering these tips can help you plan your layouts, it ultimately comes down to your preference and what you feel works best with your personal design style.

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John Wann

My name is John Wann. And I have never sold anyone a home. 

What I have done is introduce people to houses, a community and one of the most beautiful areas of the country that I think they will love.

Frankly, there is a lot to love in this mountain area west of Denver. 

Yes, I am in sales. Of course. I have been in professional sales for more than 30 years and, more importantly, I have lived in the Evergreen area for more than 27 years. 

In short, I know the territory. 

I moved here from Atlanta, Georgia and never looked back. Every drive back “up the hill” from Denver feels like I am about to go on vacation. Again. That’s not a feeling you can get in many places in this world.

To be sure, I have intimate knowledge of the real estate here. But more, I know this community. 

If you're looking for a great restaurant with a cozy, mountain atmosphere. Just ask me. If you're looking for something less sedate, well, I know those places too. And I also know a lot of great hiking trails.

I am a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and a Certified Mountain Area Specialist. If you're coming from another part of the country that may not mean much to you, but I can help you avoid the pitfalls and understand the quirks of buying a home in the mountains. 

For people who are new to the area, this can ensure that you can find real happiness in a home here.

Simply, buying a house in the mountains is not the same as buying a house in Kansas City or Chicago.

For example, it makes little difference if you buy a south-facing house in Texas. But in the mountains, it can make all the difference between whether you get to your garage in winter or not.

Paying attention to such things and 100 others can ensure that you love your mountain home. Love your new community. And love the joys of mountain living. 

For me, it’s a privilege to pass along such insights.