Interior design concepts: Symmetrical & asymmetrical design explained

by Maryann Ross Levanti 01/08/2023

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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Maryann Ross Levanti

I'm Maryann Ross Levanti, looking forward to meeting you and helping you find your new home and/or sell your current one. I've lived in Fairfield County the majority of my life - grew up in Westport, (Coleytown, Coleytown, Staples), undergrad at UPenn, masters from Edinburgh, Scotland. I'm ABR and GRI certified, and hold a broker's license in real estate, as well as a provisional appraiser license. Additionally, I am the exclusive agent for CCO Habitats - a HOBI award winning building company which regularly offers new construction homes as well as renovated homes to the market in Westport. In my 20 plus years of selling homes, I've learned many things - among them - the customer is not always right. Nor am I. However, if we work together we have a much better chance of being correct and either getting your home sold or finding the home that best suits your needs. Yes, I'm outspoken and opinionated. But anyone with a license can open a door - wouldn't you rather have doors opened by someone who actually tells you the truth and is willing to put her years of experience and knowledge into working 24/7 for you to help you understand what you're getting into? You may not always like what you hear, and there are no crystal balls in this business. But I believe an informed decision is always better. Hopefully you do too! As a yearly winner of the Connecticut Five Star Realtor award and frequently repeated recipient of customer service awards indicate; my priority is you, my client, and my clients appreciate it. Put my local knowledge, professional skills, ethics and dedication to work for you - give me a call 203.984.5157.