Same Song Second Verse: Symmetry That Works
In a world of accumulation and clutter (I myself admittedly adore clutter), symmetry in a room is like the much-needed breath a fast talker takes at the end of their sentence. Calming and much needed. But symmetry need not mean "exactly the same on both sides and thus: unimaginative." No. Here are examples of deliberation and order that is far from boring.
This is symmetry at its most classic. Exact sameness on either side of this hallway's center. How well the arched ceilings, windows, seating, chandeliers work together to beckon a passer-by down the corridor to the round mahogany table.
Bookshelves are of course very easy for creating a clean balance in a room. Here the unusual chandelier over the centered coffee table give the room a reference point, offset with elegance by the seating arrangement. It takes a well-made room like this to retain any visual attention with that beckoning beautiful window view.
This media-infused mantle gives weight to the center of the room. The different shapes and positions of other objects--such as the chairs that wisely share the same fabric for some continuity--save the room from looking too symmetrical.
This 1958 Mon Oncle movie ad between these windows suggests to the eye a pleasant simplicity in symmetry. But the rug throws that idea into quick relief, creating a pleasant division but not a bland sameness by any means.
A space can quickly and easily assume more symmetry with any kind of triptych. Sets of three create balance without too much organization of an even number, they draw attention to a defined center, and they suggest (more than merely two items) an interest and effort to collect.
As elegantly seen here, symmetry need not mean spartan or office-space-ish. The many details of this sitting room are kept from chaos by the fireplace and the ottoman, which create centers to work outward from.
This kitchen is so pleasantly grounded with the color contrast (check out the whimsical aesthetic genius of the chalk board wall--so convenient in a kitchen aka the command center). The convenient open shelving equals itself out visually, but each side retains its individuality with the organized (in the best sense of the word:) clutter.
Even smaller details like this cushioned seating at the bed's foot can create visual division and order.