Symmetrical Style

A BALANCED AND CLEAR DEFINITION OF SPACE CREATES A WELCOMING SENSE OF ORDER IN ANY HOME.

To create a classic and beautiful room, consider using the concept of symmetry as you decorate. Living room decor should walk the line between comfort and formality. A balanced and clear definition of space creates a welcoming sense of order in any home.

Think of your space as a mirror and match one side of the room with the other. It is helpful to have a focal point in the middle. Lest you think this will produce a stuffy and boring room, consider the use of symmetry in nature. The bright autumn leaves gracing many of our trees right now are symmetrical. The snowflakes that may soon follow are symmetrical also, yet no two of the are the same.

Creating symmetry is simple. For instance, center your sofa against a wall and flank your fireplace with two armchairs. Or try a pair of sofas facing each other, with two floor lamps on either side. Add a matching set of pillows and a large coffee table in the middle for a stylish area of conversation and relaxation. Create a symmetrical mantel arrangement with a large mirror in the center and matching sconces on either side.

If you don’t have a fireplace, you can anchor the space with a large painting centered above the sofa and end tables on either side. Also remember to vary the scale of items as you decorate with accessories for a more pleasing display in the room.