On Symmetry

7.30.2014


Do you need symmetry in a room?  I do.  It's nothing huge, just a tiny "hmmmm, something's not quite working for me here" type of reaction if it's missing.  I don't have to have perfect symmetry. Just enough balance to not be distracted.  These first five images show what is for me, a high level of symmetry.  And, on this vignette above; how perfect is that?  You know how I love blue and white with pink flowers.  I've been sharing that obsession for years.


Isn't this the loveliest dining room?  It's Suellen Gregory's, and that unbelievably gorgeous lantern is from Coleen & Company.  




The next five photos use accessories in a less symmetrical way. With the exception of one, they all work for me.  They're beautifully styled, and the balance works without distracting me.


Jonathan Adler via Lonny




It's the image with the elephant console.  If that were in my house (which I'd love), I'd have to put a lamp or something on the other side of the table.  So, does this mean I'm OCD?  Because clearly it looks amazing as is.  Where do you fall on the need or lack of for symmetry?



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18 comments :

Mary-Irene said...

I think if you put the lamp on the other side of the table, you'd walk into it as you come in from the other room. I think I would replace the lamp with something smaller/shorter. But hey, I'm no expert at this! I love all of these photos!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I think I prefer the last five images where it was not as obvious. Probably because it feels more casual.

Lisa McGough said...

I am left-handed and if there is a single lamp, I always need it on the left side of the console. I wonder what that means?!

I would need a sculpture or something on stacked books to balance it. That elephant console is absolutely amazing. Andrea has such great taste! This was a great post. Thanks!:)

Dianne said...

I think the lamp is out of the way of the doorway on that side. beautiful photos!

Simply LKJ said...

The last three images seem off to me. Unbalanced.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I try for some palladian balance in my designs for sure. I can have a few things off balance but that needs to be 'balanced' by other elements that are equal. :)

Joanne said...

LOVE this post! I am so OCD and need SO much symmetry in my home. But, my place is filled with eclectic items and a variety of styles [modern, traditional, antique, etc.etc]. It's with those varieties that I add a balance to my home so it doesn't feel too "planned" and "symmetrical'. My eyes are happy with symmetry. If it's not symmetrical [either with height, weight or pairs], I always feel like something is "off".

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

I'm with you, and love the first photo! Symmetry makes me feel like things are right, though sometimes it can be about the right balance of objects as much as mirror images of items in a space. Fun post

BRASWELL said...

I need symmetry + never thought of it as OCD + adore that dining room xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

Annie said...

I lean toward the assymetrical.Liked all five examples but liked the surprises in the Adler the best. Liked all the elements, esp. the artwork, in the elephant console pic but felt something was lacking. Maybe an upholstered bench, stool, or a basket underneath??? Liked all the unexpected components of the Waiting on Martha one, but feel the lamp is not the right shape--just a tad taller maybe?

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Great examples…I like symmetry too…or when not then the scale going down from left to right.

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

Interesting! I was trying to figure out which of those images wouldn't work for you, but the elephant console was my favorite. I think the big art made it feel balanced enough to me...

Kathysue said...

I am marching right along side of you. However I do fight against it at times because I know it is much more interesting to be a bit asymmetrical, but I feel more comfortable with symmetry.

All great examples of how a person that loves symmetry can live with an asymmetrical vignette if done well.
Kathysue

Lauren [Bamboo and Trellis] said...

I think I have a need for balance more than perfect symmetry. I am definitely a little bit OCD. :) Fun post!

Karena Albert said...

LOve these entry's and yes, the symmetry. Great consoles and stools!

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

I'm right there with you - I don't need things to be exactly symmetric but balance is a must or it drives me crazy!

Sara Lorton said...

I'm an asymmetric kind of gal, but the symmetry is working for me too.

The enchanted home said...

I am very OCD and kind of symmetrically obsessed! So that last picture really bugs me. That lamp is way too heavy in my humble opinion. If it were a smaller scaled lamp maybe, but its so heavy and overbearing...looks like that side of the table could topple over!

Enjoy your day......love that first picture!

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