Design Myth: Everything Must Be Symmetrical

Symmetry can be a beautiful thing: it’s a visual cue that things have been thought through and designed with intention. If symmetry is one of the things we use to measure a person’s attractiveness, consciously or not, why wouldn’t it work for interiors as well?

 

And yet, it’s hardly the be-all, end-all that many DIY design books make it out to be. While we wouldn’t recommend ignoring symmetry, following it to a T isn’t the perfect route either. These three rooms prove that keeping things a little off has the power to make them just right. Starting with…

 

The living area in Nate’s former Manhattan townhome. While the mantel tends to be the most obvious place to go symmetrical, see how the differing heights on either end – not to mention the fabulous pineapple-inspired sculpture! – make for a more playful move in a traditional spot?

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