Residential Color and Style from a Certified True Color Expert.

The eye craves balance

Source: via Kay on Pinterest

The eye craves balance.

Do you believe me? Have you ever walked into someone’s house and a painting or mirror is hanging askew?

Does it drive you a bit crazy? Don’t you find yourself wanting to straighten it?

Now, it does not always happen in your own house (this is because your brain will tune out the things that you are seeing regularly.)

The same thing happens with symmetry. Quick, off the top of your head, do you have a favorite room in your house, or a room that you really, really love as your dream room that you saw in a magazine?

Check it out. I will bet you dollars to doughnuts that the room is highly symmetrical or balanced.

Rooms that are symmetrical are more pleasing to the eye. They create visual harmony and balance. This is an age-old decorating principle.  

Today we’ll look at rooms with “mirror image” symmetry.  Come along!

Design by Ellen Rhett of Color Calling

Source: via Frances on Pinterest

So, symmetry for the furniture placement is a decorating form that is pleasing to the eye.

“Mirror-image” symmetry is what we see in the bedroom above. Other than the focal point bed+ starburst mirror, there are two of

everything, matching.

Even the nosegays on the bedsides are identical.

The same design principle is true when the decorating is done around a focal point fireplace, or any other focal point.

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Does your eye crave balance? Are there any places you could add visual harmony with symmetry?

2 responses

  1. Just so you know –

    Can’t read to the right of the sentences – it is all getting cut off….want to read it!!!



    August 27, 2012 at 10:10 am

    • Okay, thank you very much for the head’s up. It should be fine now, a period is all that was out of view. But, if you are reading on from an email subscription, click again on the post name/headline when you start to view and it will give you much larger pictures!

      August 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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