Symmetry on a smaller scale doesn’t feel quite as intimidating or austere. It is a vital design principle in interior design.

In my own house, it had the potential for a nice space with the two windows, but the squeezed rectangle shape so high on the wall did nothing but make for a useless wall, they were too high to put a couch underneath it, and adding another rectangle to the wall with the tv was not something I wanted to do…But it was a focal point in the making.

(on another note- the white racing stripe trim on a dark wall is a no no if you are going to commit to a focal wall or room like this case, but that’s for a different blog post)

old symmetry
To accentuate the height and make the room feel larger,taller and genuinely more clean and bright, I added two long windows on either side of the fireplace ( be careful before you do this as to what your view will be on the other side! I was lucky that it lined up to perfectly frame a Maple tree and a forsythia hedge.)

bare symmetry
Now there is no questions as to what the focal point in the space is.

bare symmetry adding layers
Unfortunately it is the tv (as much as I would not like to admit) but a faux fireplace niche helps to balance it out. Oh why do tvs have to be black!!
So yes, that is symmetry how you usually see it, but maybe with some built ins on either side. It’s been done over and over again. To create dramatic symmetry is to keep building up from the bare bones, creating layer upon layer which adds depth and richness.

kelly wearstler emphasis on symmetry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Maybe not quite as intensely layered as Kelly Wearstler ^ but you get the idea.

 

Jen