18 Beautiful Ways to Use Symmetry in Your Home
Symmetry is one of the oldest tricks in the design books. As Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing demonstrated, it reflects the human body, with its right and left sides and navel in the center. In his book Symmetry, mathematics professor Marcus du Sautoy writes that our eyes and minds are constantly drawn to anything that embodies symmetry, be it art, architecture, or even music. Needless to say, it’s important to integrate some symmetry into your interior design.
Scroll below to get inspired by some beautiful uses of symmetry.
Julia Lynn for Angie Hranowsky
In an architecturally symmetrical dining room, interior designer Angie Hranowsky created symmetry using a table with matching leather chairs, a pair of chrome stools in the corner, a pair of tabletop plants, and a graceful mesh chandelier centered above.
Framing a window with artwork of the same size and style and putting matching table lamps on both sides of a sofa are great ways to add symmetry to a room—especially if there’s already a lot going on in the space.
A pair of modern red armchairs is beautifully centered under a set of intriguing gorilla photographs in this little vignette.
We love the way this set of small stools lines up perfectly with the window frame. Though the lamps framing the sofa are different, their similar height and style brings balance to the space.
Surrounding one larger art piece with two smaller ones is an easy and pleasing way to add symmetry to your space.
A matching pair of table lamps is perhaps the simplest way to bring symmetry to your space—you can never go wrong!
Symmetry reigns supreme in this airy traditional living room, which has three matching sets of chairs, a set of ottomans, and a set of vases. The architecture of the room is also symmetrical.
Matching sofas and hanging pendants add a bit of symmetry in both directions in this Scandinavian living room.
A pair of matching nighstands add just a subtle touch of symmetry to this eclectic attic bedroom.
Framing a vivid red console table topped with a set of table lamps, pairs of chairs and mirrors present a formal first impression in this foyer space.
Scott Frances for The Cut
This uptown Manhattan mansion designed by Steven Harris Architects is as symmetrical as they come and beautifully balanced. If you have a central fireplace in your home, follow the lead of this space and arrange furniture and art symmetrically, with the fireplace as the central axis.
In the lovely Brooklyn home of Miranda Brooks, a hand-painted mural has subtle symmetry with a large tree running up the center of the wall, framed by two smaller trees on its sides. A pair of small framed art pieces echo that balance.
Where else do you use symmetry in your home? Tell us by commenting below or tweeting us @domainehome.