Trends may dictate the current style that is dominant in their time, but nothing can outweigh the importance of knowing the fundamentals of interior design. Asymmetry is a vital part of interior design.
What Is Asymmetry?
In layman’s term, asymmetry is a type of balance that is commonly used in designs. When people think of balance, they often come up with mirror images or working with symmetry in their interiors. It may always be a viable option, but it’s not the only one you’re limited to.
There are three particular forms of balance you can incorporate into interior design, namely:
- Symmetrical/formal balance: This kind of balance is displayed when you split a room into two halves that are identical to each other. One example of which would be a living room that has two sofas with a coffee table as a divider.
- Asymmetrical/informal balance: This kind of balance is created by the repetition of forms, lines and colors, without any mirroring or replication involved.
- Radial balance: Radial balance is the rarest option that is used among the three options. This involves similar objects being placed around a common center point. Examples of these include identical chairs being used around dining tables added after a kitchen remodel or the same couches used around a lounge table.
It Allows a Casual Approach
Picture the most common images you’ve seen in interior design. Most likely, the design you’re thinking of features similar couches or a lounge table with matching chairs. This theme of replication and order are the hallmarks of symmetrical design, which tends to present itself as more rigid or formal.
Conversely, asymmetrical designs aren’t restricted by the notions of perfection or order. It allows for unconventional arrangements, which give the space a more casual vibe. Because of this, asymmetrical designs are often used in high-traffic areas of your home, such as the dining areas and the living room.
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