Interior Design Symmetry – Why Is It Important?

Think about the last time you’ve entered in a new home. Do you remember how fast did your mind tried to focus on the symmetry of the room? Well, our minds are instinctually designed to search for similarities in the patterns, the fabrics, the colors…everything. Even if we are not professional designers, we can surely determine if a room was made with great taste or not.

Similarity = Familiarity


When we enter a certain space, we search for a sense of balance. We can spot a symmetrical design on a subconscious level, even if the symmetry is very subtle and is not noticeable at a fist glance. When it comes to interior design, symmetry is seen as calm and peaceful in comparison with design concepts that are based on individuality and asymmetrical parts. Balance and similarity doesn’t mean that you have to draw a line in the middle of the room and have the same things on either of the sides. That can easily be considered boring and dull.

Types Of Symmetry In A Room 

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Interior designers have come up with various ways in order to offer a symmetrical feeling, such as:

  • Rotation – you can choose a focal point inside the room and concentrate the other elements around that particular point. This is a great method if your dining room has a round table or if you put a circular chandelier in the center of your living room.
  • Transition – this is a particular technique that creates a motion illusion by creating the same patter or symbol over and over again, within the same space.
  • Asymmetry – when you purposely place an element that doesn’t fit in that particular place in order to make it stand out in the symmetry of the room. This particular idea can be used with works of art or even pieces of furniture that are meant to be a statement.


The most important criterion when it comes to building symmetry around the room is the amount of space available in that particular room. Experts talk about using rotation and transitional symmetry in open and large spaces, like dining rooms or even foyers. When it comes to tight spaces, the reflection technique is the ones that works really well and it’s appealing to the eye of the beholder.

Scale & Proportion

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Textbooks talk about the importance of having proportional items in the room. Placing only big and heavy items and elements around the room will make you feel small and insignificant, while having small items will lead you to losing yourself. Balance is all about making the right combinations in order for the room to look well proportioned.

Finally, symetry is suitable for every style, taste and type of home decorations that you might choose. The important thing is to take a step backward and focus on the big picture. People have the tendency to lose themselves in the smallest of details and forget about the whole perspective. The idea is for the pieces to fit well together and make the big picture appealing, balanced and comfortable for the one who enters the room.