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How to Love Asymmetrical Design
Whether we find it in interior design, architecture or even someone’s face, humans are instinctually drawn toward symmetry, but it’s important to remember that symmetry comes in many different forms.</br></br>There is no argument that visual balance is an objective determination, but how we interpret it is the very definition of subjectivity.</br></br><strong>A Symmetrical Obsession</strong></br></br>So, why do we love symmetry? There are lots of reasons. In the field of biology, scientists attribute humans’ “preference for order” to <a title="Live Science" href="http://www.livescience.com/4002-symmetry-nature-fundamental-fact-human-bias.html" target="_blank">a natural inclination toward balance over chaos</a> for the sake of safety and self-preservation. In other words, we find comfort and calm in predictable patterns.</br></br>This holds true in interior design as well, although it’s often framed in a more straightforward manner. Designers talk about how symmetry just makes sense in a visual way without bothering with the “why” of it all.</br></br>Or, more precisely, interior designers concern themselves with the “how” of symmetry.</br></br><strong>Scale, Proportion, Weight, Color, Texture … </strong></br></br>The “how” of symmetry is what provides designers with the tools to manipulate it, and that’s a good thing because most of us would agree that absolute symmetry is kind of off-putting and weird.</br></br>Perfect symmetry is when one half of a thing mirrors the other half, and the effect is often disconcerting; even disorienting. So, in a lot of ways symmetry is not the ideal in interior design, but a starting point.</br></br>Moving off that line requires noodling with things like scale, proportion and the visual weight of objects. Move far enough and you end up in the land of asymmetry.</br></br><strong>Embracing Asymmetrical Interior Design</strong></br></br>How do we learn to love asymmetrical design? It’s easy – you just find the visual balance that works for you. Here are a few ways to go about it:</br></br>- <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Furniture Formations</span>: Decades of experience and countless catalog layouts have given us an expectation for where furniture “belongs.” Break the pattern to create delightful design discord.</br></br>- <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Color Clash</span>: Some colors are heavier than others and draw the eye faster. Use it to your advantage with a vibrant accent wall or area rug.</br></br>- <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Proportional Power</span>: Intentional imbalance can be as easy as making a big addition to a room. A large floor lamp, canvas or <a title="Chandeliers" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/chandeliers/" target="_blank">chandelier</a> might give your space the splash it needs.</br></br>- <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Texture Tantrum</span>: Consider the friction between an ornate <a title="Traditional Accent Chairs" href="https://www.atgstores.com/furniture/accent-furniture/accent-chairs/style/traditional/" target="_blank">traditional accent chair</a> and a smooth-lined coffee table. You can make a lot of noise with texture.</br></br>Asymmetry isn’t as bad as it sounds when it comes to interior design – and now you know a few ways to start experimenting with a look that’s a little less balanced.