Laid back or energetic, thrill-seeking or relaxation-oriented—what best describes you? Your answer will go a long way toward determining what appeals to you in home décor. And symmetry—or the lack of it—certainly plays a role.
Based on the idea of a balanced, harmonious arrangement, symmetry calls for placing items in an almost mirror image. In such an arrangement, a bed or a couch, for example, would have a table on each side and lamps on each table.
Those who read Decorating Your Home for 2010: design styles, will recall symmetry as a hallmark of traditional design, the most popular style in Atlanta. But if the word “traditional” conjures up images of staid and stodgy decorating, think again.
Combining beautifully with contemporary or modern design styles, symmetry adds warmth to a room that might otherwise appear sterile. Calmness enters the room in which symmetry coexists with asymmetry, making a dynamic outcome.
Case in point is the contemporary bedroom at left. Soothing both in its monochromatic color scheme, (which was explained in Decorating Your Home for 2010: using color) and its symmetrical elements that meld so seamlessly with the asymmetrical, this bedroom is inviting.
Note that while the table lamps are an identical pair, the floor lamp stands alone, in asymmetrical splendor. And although the three small white plaques above the bed are centered, as tradition dictates, they are juxtaposed with the five balls, asymmetrically placed. This composition elegantly blends symmetry and asymmetry.
While symmetry is characterized by pairings of items, to add unexpected interest, these pairs need not be identical. The table on one side of a couch may be round, the other square. Similarly, the lamps on each table may be totally different, but of the same height, lending an air of tranquility to an arrangement with a bit of edge.
Furniture showrooms offer excellent ideas on arrangement of furniture and accessories. In metro Atlanta, check out the marvelous displays at IKEA, Z Gallerie, and West Elm, all located in Atlantic Station. Additionally, Haverty’s and Thomasville showcase traditional design wonderfully in locations near Town Center Mall in Kennesaw, North Point in Alpharetta and Perimeter Center, among others.
Whether you prefer symmetry, asymmetry or a combination of the two, make your home décor one that always welcomes you home. Next, a new series focuses on accessorizing your home.
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