The classic interior design traditions often incorporate the beauty of symmetrical balance. Symmetry is exemplified by repeating the same objects in the same positions on either side of a center point. Incidentally, symmetry also reflects the human form, so we’re innately comfortable in a balanced setting.
Asymmetrical balance, however, is sometimes more suitable in modern layout design. Balance is achieved with some different pieces that have equal visual weight or eye attraction. It is more casual and has a less contrived feeling, but it can be more difficult to achieve. Asymmetry suggests movement in the design of any room or landscape, and it leads to more a dynamic look.
A well-designed room always has focal points throughout its natural flow. A focal point must be dominant to draw attention and appealing enough to encourage the admirer to look more deeply into the ambiance of the space. It imparts a lasting impression, but must also be an integral part of the surroundings linked through scale, style, color, or theme.
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